DisabilityCare Australia Fund Allocations for 2016-2017

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From: Brian O'Hart

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Dear Department of Social Services,
Using the data from the Commonwealth Budget and population stats( 15 Feb.2016 ) from the ABS I calculated the per capita allocation for each State and Territory for the 2016 -2017 period. Stats as below:
Population Fund Allocation Per. Capita.

NSW 7,618,200 $56.9m. $7.46
VIC. 5,938,100 $44.0m. $7.40
Qld. 4,779,400 $35.6m. $7.44
SA. 1,698,600 $13.1m $7.71
WA 2,591,600 $18.4m. $7.09
TAS. 516,600 $4.1m. $7.93
NT. 244,600 $1.7m. $6.95
ACT. 390,800 $14.7m $37.61
It was my understanding on documentation provided by a former Treasurer that DCA funds would be allocated on a per.capita basis. Please advise why the ACT will receive the stated amount of $37.61 while the other States and Territories will only receive funds in the range of $6.95 -$7.93 ?

A second query: Why will NSW receive $161,800,000. in 2017-2018 while the next largest amount is only $45.5m. to be allocated to Victoria ?
Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,
Brian O'Hart

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Dear Mr O’Hart,

 

Thank you for your emails dated 31 March 2016 and 10 April 2016. The
Department provides the following response to the questions you have asked
about funding arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
(NDIS), particularly in respect of allocations to States and Territories.

 

The DisabilityCare Australia Fund Act 2013 includes a maximum amount that
can be credited to the States and Territories in each financial year
between 2014-15 and 2023-24.  It begins at $825 million in 2014-15 and
increases by 3.5 per cent each year. 

 

This maximum amount in each financial year has been divided among (or
allocated to) each State and Territory based on population shares in the
2011 Census.

 

The amount, and the method for working out the amount, of their allocation
that each State and Territory will receive in a given year is currently
under negotiation, but has yet to be agreed between the States and
Territories and the Commonwealth.  Estimates of the amounts each State and
Territory would receive were published in the 2015-16 Budget (specifically
on page 44 of the Federal Financial Relations Budget Paper No.3 2015-16). 
This was not an estimate of the full allocation for each State and
Territory in each financial year.

 

I hope this information is of assistance to you.

 

Yours sincerely,

Clare McLean

Principal Legal Officer and FOI Coordinator

Commercial, Disability, Housing and Information Law Branch

Legal Services Group

Department of Social Services
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DSS acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia,
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Dear Mr O’Hart,

 

Thank you for your emails dated 31 March 2016 and 10 April 2016. The
Department provides the following response to the questions you have asked
about funding arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
(NDIS), particularly in respect of allocations to States and Territories.

 

The DisabilityCare Australia Fund Act 2013 includes a maximum amount that
can be credited to the States and Territories in each financial year
between 2014-15 and 2023-24.  It begins at $825 million in 2014-15 and
increases by 3.5 per cent each year. 

 

This maximum amount in each financial year has been divided among (or
allocated to) each State and Territory based on population shares in the
2011 Census.

 

The amount, and the method for working out the amount, of their allocation
that each State and Territory will receive in a given year is currently
under negotiation, but has yet to be agreed between the States and
Territories and the Commonwealth.  Estimates of the amounts each State and
Territory would receive were published in the 2015-16 Budget (specifically
on page 44 of the Federal Financial Relations Budget Paper No.3 2015-16). 
This was not an estimate of the full allocation for each State and
Territory in each financial year.

 

I hope this information is of assistance to you.

 

Yours sincerely,

Clare McLean

Principal Legal Officer and FOI Coordinator

Commercial, Disability, Housing and Information Law Branch

Legal Services Group

Department of Social Services
[1][Department of Social Services request email]

 

DSS acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia,
and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our
respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and
present.            

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