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Community Affairs Legislation Committee—Budget estimates 2021-22—Report, dated September 2021


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September 2021

The Senate

Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Budget estimates 2021-22

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Committee Members

Chair Senator Wendy Askew LP, TAS

Deputy Chair Senator Rachel Siewert (until 7 September 2021) AG, WA

Senator Janet Rice (from 7 September 2021) AG, VIC

Members Senator Nita Green ALP, QLD

Senator Andrew McLachlan CSC LP, SA

Senator Helen Polley ALP, TAS

Senator Dean Smith LP, WA

Senators in attendance Senators Abetz, Canavan, Chandler, Davey, Dodson, Farrell, Gallagher, Hughes, Kitching, Lambie [by video link], Marielle Smith, McAllister, McCarthy [by video link], O'Sullivan, Patrick, Rennick, Rice, Roberts, Scarr, Sheldon, Steele-John, Urquhart, Waters [by video link], Watt, Wong.

Secretariat Pothida Youhorn, Committee Secretary Apolline Kohen, Acting Committee Secretary Lorraine Watson, Research Officer Carol Stewart, Administrative Officer Claire Holden, Administrative Officer

PO Box 6100 Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Phone: 02 6277 3515 Fax: 02 6277 5829 E-mail: community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au Internet: www.aph.gov.au/senate_ca

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Abbreviations

AAO Administrative Arrangements Order CDC cashless debit card

committee Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee DES Disability Employment Service

DSP Disability Support Pension

DTA Digital Transformation Agency PII public interest immunity

NDIA National Disability Insurance Agency NHMRC National Health and Medical Research Council TGA Therapeutic Goods Administration

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Contents

Committee Members ........................................................................................................................ iii

Abbreviations ...................................................................................................................................... v

Chapter 1—Overview ......................................................................................................................... 1

Portfolio oversight .............................................................................................................................. 1

Health portfolio ......................................................................................................................... 2

Social services portfolio ........................................................................................................... 2

Procedural matters ............................................................................................................................... 2

Public Interest Immunity Claim ............................................................................................. 2

Questions on notice.............................................................................................................................. 3

Hansard transcripts ............................................................................................................................. 4

Acknowledgments .............................................................................................................................. 4

Chapter 2—Key issues........................................................................................................................ 5

Health portfolio hearing - 1 June 2021 .............................................................................................. 5

Whole of portfolio / Corporate matters ................................................................................. 5

Outcome 1: Health Policy, Access and Support .................................................................. 6

Health portfolio hearing - 2 June 2021 .............................................................................................. 7

Outcome 3: Ageing and Aged Care ....................................................................................... 7

Outcome 2: Individual Health Benefits ................................................................................. 7

Outcome 4: Sport and Recreation .......................................................................................... 8

Social Services portfolio hearing - 3 June 2021 ................................................................................ 8

Whole of portfolio / Corporate matters ................................................................................ 8

Outcome 2: Families and Communities................................................................................. 8

Outcome 1: Social Security ..................................................................................................... 9

Social Services portfolio hearing - 4 June 2021 ................................................................................ 9

Outcome 4: Housing ............................................................................................................... 10

Outcome 3: Disability and Carers ........................................................................................ 10

Services Australia .................................................................................................................. 11

Spill over hearing .............................................................................................................................. 11

Key topics ................................................................................................................................ 11

Appendix 1—Tabled documents .................................................................................................... 15

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Chapter 1 Overview

1.1 The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee (committee) examined the proposed 2021-22 budget expenditure for the Health portfolio and the Social Services portfolio at public hearings held on 1, 2, 3 and 4 June 2021. An additional hearing was held on 3 September 2021.

1.2 This report does not attempt to analyse the evidence presented to the committee; however, it outlines the key issues considered by the committee during its examination of the proposed 2021-22 budget expenditure.

1.3 The Senate referred the following documents to committees for examination and report:

 particulars of proposed expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2022 [Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2021-2022];  particulars of certain proposed expenditure in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2022 [Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2021-2022];  particulars of proposed expenditure in relation to the Parliamentary

Departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2022 [Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2021-2022].1

1.4 The Portfolio Budget Statements for 2021-22 were tabled in the Senate on 11 May 2021.2

Portfolio oversight 1.5 The committee is responsible for examining the proposed expenditure of the department and agencies within the Health portfolio and the Social Services portfolio.

1.6 The committee notes the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) of 15 April 2021 that saw responsibility for the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) transfer from the Department of Social Services to the

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.3

1.7 The Social Services portfolio now includes the following agencies:

 Department of Social Services (Department of State)  Australian Institute of Family Studies  Hearing Australia

1 Journals of the Senate, No. 97, 11 May 2021, p. 3403.

2 Journals of the Senate, No. 97, 11 May 2021, p. 3404.

3 Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Administrative Arrangements Order - 15 April 2021,

(accessed 18 June 2021).

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 NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission  National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)  Services Australia

1.8 The Health portfolio has remained unchanged.

Health portfolio 1.9 The committee examined the outcomes of the health portfolio at its hearings on 1 and 2 June 2021 and on 3 September 2021. Evidence was provided by Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged

Care Services, and Minister for Sport, representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care. Evidence was also provided by senior officers of the health portfolio led by the Secretary of the Department of Health,

Dr Brendan Murphy.

1.10 Specifically, the committee heard evidence from all outcomes of the Department of Health, as well as from the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, National Mental Health Commission, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Sports Foundation, Sport Australia (Australian Institute of Sport), Sport Integrity Australia and Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).4

Social services portfolio 1.11 At its hearings on 3 and 4 June 2021, as well as 3 September 2021, the committee examined the outcomes of the social services portfolio. Evidence was provided by Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Minister for Families and

Social Services and Minister for Women's Safety. Evidence was also provided by Senator Linda Reynolds CSC, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Minister for Government Services and senior officers of the Social services portfolio, led by the former Secretary of the Department of Social Services, Ms Kathryn Campbell AO CSC. The new Secretary of the Department of Social Services, Mr Ray Griggs AO CSC appeared at the spill over hearing.

1.12 The committee heard evidence from all outcomes of the Department of Social Services as well as the NDIA, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, and Services Australia.5

Procedural matters

Public Interest Immunity Claim 1.13 At a private meeting on 20 May 2021, the committee considered correspondence from the Minister for Sport claiming public interest immunity

4 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021; Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021.

5 Committee Hansard, 3 June 2021; Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021.

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(PII) in relation to a question on notice requesting documents from the administration of the Community Sport Infrastructure Grants Program. The committee resolved through a vote to accept the PII. The letter provided information on the grounds of the specific harm that could occur should documents subject to cabinet deliberations be made public:

The confidence of Ministers now and into the future in the confidentiality of the Cabinet process would be diminished if the details of Cabinet deliberations were to be disclosed prior to the open access period provided for in the Archives Act 1983. Disclosure prior to the open access period risks harm through a weakening of adherence by current and future Ministers to the formal process for confidentiality of matters for consideration by Cabinet, draft and final Cabinet documents, briefing and record keeping of Cabinet. Furthermore, unless Ministers can be assured of the confidentiality of Cabinet meetings, they may not speak freely or honestly between themselves and may be more likely to supress their views on present policies that may be unpopular or politically embarrassing. Any of these outcomes would ultimately impact negatively on Australia's national interest.6

1.14 During the hearing for the Health portfolio on 2 June 2021, Senator Farrell raised questions about the PII. Senator Colbeck commented on his support for the PII and noted that the claim was accepted by the committee.7

1.15 At a private meeting on 11 August 2021, the committee considered correspondence from the Minister for Government Services, Minister Reynolds, claiming PII in relation to legal advice and a specific executive minute relating to the Income Compliance Program. The PII claim covered questions regarding these matters during the Budget Estimates spill over hearing and associated questions on notice. The committee resolved through a vote to accept the PII.8

Questions on notice 1.16 In accordance with Standing Order 26, the committee informed the departments and their agencies of the agreed deadline of Wednesday, 28 July 2021 for the receipt of answers to questions taken on notice.

1.17 Tabled documents from the hearing, along with responses to questions on notice and additional information provided to the committee are tabled in the Senate and uploaded to the committee's website.9

6 Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Sport, correspondence received 13 May 2021.

7 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2020, pp. 128-129.

8 Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, Minister for Government Services, correspondence received 11

August 2021.

9 See https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Senate_estimates/ca

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Hansard transcripts 1.18 A verbatim record of the committee's hearings is made via the Committee Hansard, which is published on the estimates webpage.10

1.19 References in this report are to the proof Committee Hansard. Page numbers may vary between the proof and the final versions of the Committee Hansard.

Acknowledgments 1.20 The committee thanks the ministers and officers of the Health portfolio and Social Services portfolio who provided evidence and support for the committee's hearings.

10 The Committee Hansard is published online at: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/

Senate_estimates/ca/2020-21_Budget_estimates

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Chapter 2 Key issues

2.1 At the 2021-22 Budget estimates hearings, the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee (committee) considered matters relating to the expenditure and operations of the Australian Government for the health and social services portfolios.

2.2 The key issues considered by the committee during the hearings are reported in this chapter. Key issues reported include references to the

Committee Hansard, which provides a verbatim record of the evidence received by the committee.

Health portfolio hearing - 1 June 2021

Whole of portfolio / Corporate matters 2.3 The committee discussed the COVID vaccine rollout to vaccinate aged care residents. Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck provided the following data:

… in aged care who have received their first vaccination across the country is 153,641. That is out of 183,000, which is the notional number of vaccinations to be applied. And 116,688 have received their second dose. But we don't have with us the granularity on that information by state.1

2.4 The committee also asked about the change in health advice to vaccinate aged care workers separately to aged care residents. Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck stated:

The original process was that we were going to vaccinate staff and residents at the same time. We received health advice that we shouldn't do that…We are providing a number of different channels for staff to access the vaccine so that we can make it as easy as possible for them to do so…We've had to then design a system and work with providers who most reasonably hold that data to provide us with reporting...any figures that we gave to you at this point in time would underreport the number of staff who have actually taken up the vaccination.2

2.5 The committee asked for an update regarding the recent change in health advice that recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine only be given to people over the age of 50.3

2.6 The committee also raised the following topics:

1 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021, p. 16.

2 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021, p. 11.

3 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021, p. 17.

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 the efficacy of the vaccines and importance of first dose for protection against hospitalisation;4  COVID variants and the possibility people will require boosters for protection;5 and  vaccine campaigns that target culturally and linguistically diverse audiences

and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.6

Outcome 1: Health Policy, Access and Support 2.7 The committee discussed the general practitioner training and update to clinical guidelines regarding the new requirement for a prescription to purchase nicotine for e-cigarettes.7

2.8 The committee asked the National Health and Medical Research Council about the review of Australian Dietary Guidelines and public consultation process.8

2.9 Department officials provided an update on the $2.3 billion allocated for suicide prevention in First Nations communities. The largest portion of this funding going to establishing suicide prevention networks, culturally appropriate aftercare services and a 24/7 crisis line.9

2.10 The committee also heard evidence about the ongoing negotiation of the new mental health and suicide prevention agreement with the states and territories and work being done to integrate services in areas identified by the Productivity Commission.10

2.11 Within outcome 1 the committee also asked about:

 suitability of hotel quarantine due to issues with ventilation;11  work being done to establish quarantine facilities similar to Howard Springs in other jurisdictions;12  the commonwealth's per activity contribution to public hospitals and

response if demand exceeds the current 6.5 per cent cap;13 and  the mental health of frontline workers and funding to provide trauma informed care and mental health first aid to frontline workers.14

4 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021, p. 25.

5 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021, p. 26.

6 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021, p. 81.

7 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021, pp. 93-94.

8 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021, pp. 126-127.

9 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021, pp. 138-139.

10 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021, p. 143.

11 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021, p. 107.

12 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021, pp. 108, 119-121.

13 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021, pp. 128-130.

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Health portfolio hearing - 2 June 2021

Outcome 3: Ageing and Aged Care 2.12 The committee discussed the $17.7 billion funding package for the aged-care sector, with a focus on home care, sector sustainability and workforce.15

2.13 The committee asked for an update on the government's response to the 148 recommendations in the Royal Commission's Aged Care Quality and Safety final report.16

2.14 The Department of Health updated the committee on the introduction of $10 per resident per day payment, with providers required to report quarterly on adequacy of living conditions against new quality standards.17

2.15 The committee also discussed the following areas:

 release of an additional 80,000 home-care packages and funding for home-care workforce;18  single site working arrangements for aged care workers when a hotspot is declared;19  mental health of older Australians in aged care; 20 and  drafting of legislative principles on the use of chemical and physical

restraints in aged care.21

Outcome 2: Individual Health Benefits 2.16 The committee asked for an update on the new or amended PBS listings, including medication for chronic migraines.22

2.17 The committee asked the department about their work to finalise the terms of reference for opioid dependency treatment program review and other investments in alcohol and drug treatment services.23

2.18 The committee also asked about access to Medicare for people within the justice system. 24

14 Committee Hansard, 1 June 2021, p. 142.

15 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, p. 6.

16 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, p. 73.

17 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, pp. 6-9.

18 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, pp. 7-9, 34.

19 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, pp. 55-56

20 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, pp. 60-61.

21 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, pp. 75-76.

22 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, p. 108.

23 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, pp. 109-111.

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Outcome 4: Sport and Recreation 2.19 The committee asked about the processes for approving and announcing grants for sporting facilities made under the Community Sport Infrastructure Grants program.25

2.20 The committee discussed Gymnastics Australia commissioning the Human Rights Commission investigation into abuse allegations within the sport, and the process of dealing with issues highlighted in the report, including reform to how the sport operates.26

2.21 Another area of focus for the committee was the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic games. The committee asked about plans in place for the teams, including vaccination of athletes, continuous COVID testing and restrictions while in Tokyo.27

2.22 The committee also asked about the 2032 Olympic bid and other international sporting competitions to be hosted by Australia in the coming years.28

2.23 Another topic raised was female representation in Sport Australia, particularly at executive levels.29

Social Services portfolio hearing - 3 June 2021

Whole of portfolio / Corporate matters 2.24 The committee asked officials about the income support payments available for Victorians in lockdown and the potential for a new disaster payment to provide grants to people in lockdown.30

2.25 Other topics raised were:

 the department's third reconciliation action plan to guide their contribution to the overall reconciliation movement;31 and  the work being undertaken by Boston Consulting.32

24 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, pp. 112-113.

25 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, p. 123.

26 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, pp. 126.

27 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, p. 133.

28 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, pp. 136-137.

29 Committee Hansard, 2 June 2021, pp. 126-127.

30 Committee Hansard, 3 June 2021, pp. 6-8.

31 Committee Hansard, 3 June 2021, p. 12.

32 Committee Hansard, 3 June 2021, pp. 15-19.

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Outcome 2: Families and Communities 2.26 The committee asked about plans for a women's safety summit and the consultation process for the next National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.33

2.27 This committee also discussed the women's economic security and safety funding package and transitional funding to ensure additional resources are available until the next plan comes into effect.34

2.28 Other topics of interest to the committee were:

 review of campaign materials developed by Our Watch;35  funding for frontline service providers responding to domestic and family violence;36 and  the cashless debit card (CDC) transition process for people on a BasicsCard

and the exit process for participants.37

Outcome 1: Social Security 2.29 The committee asked for an update on the announcement of a COVID disaster payment to assist people in an extended lockdown (longer than 7 days). Minister Ruston stated:

The provisions that have been announced today, on day 6 of the Victorian lockdown, relate to the fact that we have now been advised that the Victorian lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne is going to continue past the seven days. The measure that has been put in place has been put in place using a mechanism that is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Home Affairs.38

2.30 Other topics discussed by the committee were:

 jobseekers with partial capacity to work and review of the Disability Support Pension (DSP) impairment tables39; and  expansion of the Pension Loan Scheme.40

33 Committee Hansard, 3 June 2021, p. 44.

34 Committee Hansard, 3 June 2021, p. 45.

35 Committee Hansard, 3 June 2021, pp. 36-39.

36 Committee Hansard, 3 June 2021, pp. 58-61.

37 Committee Hansard, 3 June 2021, pp. 47-50, 52-54.

38 Committee Hansard, 3 June 2021, p. 89.

39 Committee Hansard, 3 June 2021, pp. 103-105.

40 Committee Hansard, 3 June 2021, pp. 117-118.

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Social Services portfolio hearing - 4 June 2021

Outcome 4: Housing 2.31 The committee asked about the allocation of the Safe Places grants and additional funding to extend the program to cover geographical areas identified as most in need.41

2.32 The committee also asked about the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement and the plan to improve data available to the government by collecting a broader range of reportable information from states and territories.42

Outcome 3: Disability and Carers 2.33 The committee discussed the performance of the Carer Gateway server, which commenced in April 2020, and work being done to improve engagement with the service.43

2.34 The committee asked about Disability Employment Service (DES) provider obligations and possible areas to reform.44

2.35 The committee questioned the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) about participants having difficulty getting a psychiatric assistance animal funded in their plan.45

2.36 Other topics discussed with the NDIA were, the independent assessment tools to be used as part of the personalised budget process for participants, the data sources required to build a personalised budget, and a need to understand environmental factors to determine how to weight a person's functionality score in this process.46

2.37 Other areas of interest to the committee were:

 pause of independent assessments legislation;47  a participant privacy breach;48 and  vaccination of NDIS participants, carers, and workers.49

41 Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021, pp. 7-9.

42 Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021, p. 9.

43 Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021, p. 20.

44 Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021, pp. 22-23.

45 Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021, pp. 31-34.

46 Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021, pp. 44-45.

47 Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021, p. 51.

48 Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021, pp. 27-29.

49 Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021, pp. 63-66.

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Services Australia 2.38 The committee asked Services Australia about their legal fees for the Gordon Legal class action and Victoria Legal Aid challenge.50

2.39 The committee also asked about Jobseeker and heard the number of claims were generally returning to pre-pandemic levels.51

2.40 Other topics discussed with Services Australia were:

 process of identifying and responding to client's experiencing family or domestic violence, and protections for those seeking child support;52  Ernst & Young reviewing how the agency protects customer information from unauthorised disclosure to a former partner;53 and  their role in maintaining Australia's immunisation records on behalf of the

Department of Health, including a certificate for COVID vaccinations.54

Spill over hearing 2.41 The committee examined outcomes of the health and social services portfolio at a spill over hearing on 3 September 2021. The areas examined were:

 Department of Health, outcomes 1, 2 and 3, including the National Rural Health Commissioner and the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission;  Services Australia whole of portfolio; and  Department of Social Services, outcome 3, including the NDIA and

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.

Key topics 2.42 The committee received an update on the vaccine rollout,

Lieutenant General Frewen, Coordinator General, National COVID Vaccine Taskforce Division stated:

We have now passed 20 million doses administered in Australia. Over 61 per cent of people aged over 16 have received their first vaccination, and over 37 per cent have received their second dose…In the last seven days, 1.94 million doses have been delivered.55

2.43 The committee asked about the national plan and transitioning to living with COVID. Dr Murphy, Secretary, Department of Health, noted:

…state and territory leaders will jointly be developing and signing off on a plan for living with COVID, which is one that involves sustainable use of

50 Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021, p. 86.

51 Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021, p. 87.

52 Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021, p. 89.

53 Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021, pp. 92-95.

54 Committee Hansard, 4 June 2021, pp. 97-98.

55 Committee Hansard, 3 September 2021, p. 4.

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the health system and maintenance of elective surgery and has significant reserve capacity should significant outbreaks happen and pressure be there.56

2.44 The committee also asked about the plan to improve vaccination rates among First Nations people. Dr Lucas de Toca, First Assistant Secretary, National COVID Vaccine Taskforce Division outlined:

…we are specifically focusing those activities in areas where there might already be access and there might be vaccination rates ongoing, as they are in most remote communities, but they will require additional support from workforce to augment current services to actually lift those rates up.57

2.45 Other topics discussed by the committee were:

 COVID hospitalisation numbers across the country;  plans to target the 30 local government areas with the lowest COVID vaccination rates;  broadening the use of rapid antigen testing, for example in schools;  COVID misinformation and analysis of vaccine hesitancy;  vaccinating 12 to 15 year olds;  allowing the prescription of psychedelics in psychotherapy;  progress on the preventative health strategy;  round table with regional and rural healthcare providers to discuss

preparedness for living with COVID;  funding for Meals On Wheels; and  aged care workforce and staffing of facilities in rural areas.58

2.46 The committee asked Services Australia about the number of people accessing their immunisation history and COVID vaccine certificate.59

2.47 The committee also asked about safeguards in place to ensure that the COVID vaccination certificates are not subject to fraud. Ms Skinner, Chief Executive Officer, noted:

…That certificate, which people will see through the Express Plus Medicare app, has an increasing range of features, including a moving tick and a shimmering coat of arms. And, of course, you also have to authenticate to get into that space. So there's a range of measures to ensure that that certificate is safe.60

2.48 The committee discussed with the NDIA their data on participants plan utilisation. Ms Sarah Johnson, Scheme Actuary, highlighted:

56 Committee Hansard, 3 September 2021, p. 18.

57 Committee Hansard, 3 September 2021, p. 13.

58 Committee Hansard, 3 September 2021, pp. 5-52.

59 Committee Hansard, 3 September 2021, pp. 62-63.

60 Committee Hansard, 3 September 2021, p. 64.

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In looking at plan utilisation, we look at it by participants in supported independent living and participants who are not in supported independent living. Participants in supported independent living use a high proportion of their plan … In the projection, because over time the number of people in that scheme compared with the new entrants that come in each year is a growing proportion, we expect utilisation to increase because, on average, participants have been in the scheme for longer.61

2.49 Other areas of interest to the committee were:

 financial modelling and sustainability of the NDIS scheme;  COVID cases and deaths among NDIS participates and workers;  vaccination rates among NDIS participates and workers; and  appointment of NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner.62

Senator Wendy Askew Chair

61 Committee Hansard, 3 September 2021, p. 69.

62 Committee Hansard, 3 September 2021, pp. 66-77.

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Appendix 1 Tabled documents

Health portfolio 1 June 2021  Department of Health, COVID 19 vaccination aged care roll-out outgoing communications for workforce

 Department of Health, Commonwealth’s in-reach program vaccinated staff number by state and territory  Dr Murphy, Secretary, Department of Health, National plan for COVID-19 vaccination of workers in residential aged care

2 June 2021  Senator Watt, Article from the Courier Mail, ‘Queensland's plan to fix federal government’s aged care vaccination bungle’ dated 2 June 2021  Senator Watt, Article from The Age, ‘Company giving aged care vaccines

never contracted to immunise workers’ dated 2 June  Senator Green, Article from the ABC, ‘Health department 'dumped' vaccines, rather than vaccinate aged care staff, Queensland GP says’ dated 2

June

 Senator Watt, Article from The Age, ‘Anxiety is palpable: New aged care residents overlooked for vaccines’, dated 2 June 2021  Department of Health, Reporting of residential aged care staff COVID-19 vaccinations

 Department of Health, RACF vaccination progress - 2 June 2021  Department of Health, Missed COVID-19 vaccine doses in residential aged care  Senator Polley, Article from the North-Eastern Advertise, 'Crackers are

back' dated 2 June 2021  Senator Colbeck, Residential aged care services and sustainability (Pillar 2 of the Royal Commission response) - Residential care funding uplift  Professor Kelly, Chief Medical Officer, Folder of hotel quarantine

transmission event document

Social Services portfolio 3 June 2021  Senator Ruston, Overview of Women’s safety measures - Budget 2021-22  Senator McAllister, Settlement Engagement and Transition Support Client

Services Guidelines 4 June 2021  Senator Green, Letter from National Shelter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, dated 23 April 2021

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 Senator Polley, Fair Work Ombudsman media release titled: ‘Wellways Australia signs Enforceable Undertaking’, dated 29 April 2021  Senator Reynolds, NDIS Communications and Engagement Plan - Draft for discussion  Senator Kitching, Extract from Committee Hansard, 5 March 2020  Martin Hoffman, Chief Executive Officer, National Disability Insurance

Agency, Functional assessment table