Chapter 1 - Introduction
On 10 February 2011, the Senate referred the following documents to the Community
Affairs Legislation Committee (the committee) for examination and report:
Particulars of proposed additional expenditure in respect of the
year ending on 30 June 2011 [Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2010-11];
Particulars of certain proposed additional expenditure in respect
of the year ending on 30 June 2011 [Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2010-11];
Final budget outcome 2009-2010; and
Issues from the advances under the annual Appropriation Acts for
The committee is responsible for the examination of the Health and
Ageing portfolio; the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous
Affairs portfolio; and, following a resolution of the Senate on 29 September
2010, the Human Services portfolio.
The committee was required to report to the Senate on its consideration
of 2010-2011 additional estimates on 22 March 2011.
The committee considered the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2010-2011
for both portfolios at hearings on 23, 24 and 25 February 2011. The hearings were
conducted in accordance with the agreed agenda as follows:
Wednesday 23 February 2011 – Health and Ageing portfolio.
Thursday 24 February 2011 – Families, Housing, Community Services
and Indigenous Affairs portfolio; Human Services portfolio
Friday 25 February 2011 – Cross Portfolio – Indigenous Matters
The committee heard evidence from Senator the Hon Jan McLucas, Parliamentary
Secretary for Disabilities and Carers (representing the Minister for Health and
Ageing) and Senator the Hon Mark Arbib, Minister for Sport, Indigenous
Employment and Economic Development and Minister for Social Housing and
Homelessness (representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community
Services and Indigenous Affairs).
Evidence was also provided by Ms Jane Halton, Secretary of the
Department of Health and Ageing; Dr Geoff Harmer, Secretary of the Department
of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; and officers
representing the departments and agencies covered by the estimates before the
The committee thanks the ministers, departmental secretaries and
officers for their assistance and cooperation during the hearings.
Changes to departmental structures
Cancer Australia and the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre announced
on 15 June 2010 they would be merging, to 'further strengthen the Government’s
strategic focus on cancer control and build a better health and hospital
The committee notes that following the Administrative Arrangement Orders
made on 14 September 2010, the Department of Health and Ageing is no longer
responsible for the following:
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (PM&C)
Australian Sports Commission (ASC)
Australian Sports Foundation
The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and
Indigenous Affairs is no longer responsible for the following:
Housing Affordability Fund
National Rental Affordability Scheme
Housing Supply and the Housing Supply Council
Indigenous Cultural Remains Program
Disaster Recovery (policy and process)
Indigenous Capital Assistance
The committee also notes as a result of the Administrative Arrangement
Orders, FaHCSIA have taken responsibility for the Indigenous Capital Assistance
Scheme within the Indigenous Business Australia agency.
For a complete list of changes in responsibility, including the
departments now responsible, please see Appendix 1.
Questions on Notice
In accordance with Standing Order 26, the committee is required to set a
date for the lodgement of written answers and additional information. The
committee requested that written answers and additional information be
submitted by Friday 8 April 2011.
Answers to questions taken on notice at the committee's additional
estimates hearings will be tabled in the Senate in separate volumes entitled 'Additional
information relating to the examination of additional estimates 2010-2011, February
2011, Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee'. Documents not suitable
for inclusion in the additional information volumes will be available on
request from the committee secretariat.
Answers to questions on notice received from the departments will also
be posted on the committee's website at a later date.
Note on references
References to the Hansard transcript are to the proof Hansard; page
numbers may vary between the proof and the official Hansard transcript.
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