On 12 May 2015, the Senate referred the following documents to the
committee for examination and report:
particulars of proposed expenditure in respect of the year ending
on 30 June 2016;
particulars of certain proposed expenditure in respect of the
year ending on 30 June 2016;
particulars of proposed expenditure in relation to the
parliamentary departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2016;
particulars of proposed additional expenditure in respect of the
year ending on 30 June 2015; and
particulars of certain proposed additional expenditure in respect
of the year ending on 30 June 2015.
The committee is responsible for the examination of the following
Social Services; and
Details of hearings
The hearings were conducted as follows:
10 February 2016 — Health portfolio;
11 February 2016 — Social Services portfolio (including Human
3 March 2016 — Health portfolio additional hearing; and
16 March 2016 — Health portfolio additional hearing.
The committee heard evidence from the following Senators:
Senator the Hon. Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health (and representing
the Minister for Health);
Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Minister for Defence (and
representing the Minister for Human Services);
Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social
Services (representing the Minister for Social Services); and
Senator the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister for Social Services (representing the Minister for
Evidence was also provided by the following:
Mr Martin Bowles PSM, Secretary of the Department of Health;
Ms Kathryn Campbell, Secretary of the Department of Human
Mr Finn Pratt, Secretary of the Department of Social Services; and
officers representing the departments and agencies covered by the
estimates before the committee.
Questions on notice
In accordance with Standing Order 26(9)(a), the committee agreed that
the date for the return of answers in response to questions placed on notice at
the 10 and 11 February hearings would be 4 April, for 3 March would be 14
April and for 16 march would be 27 April 2016.
Answers to questions on notice and tabled documents may be accessed via the
committee's website: http://www.aph.gov.au/senate_ca.
Hansard transcripts of the estimates proceedings are accessible
on the committee’s website.
An index of topics covered by Hansard page number is available at Appendix 2.
References to the Hansard transcript are to the proof Hansard; page
numbers may vary between the proof and the official Hansard transcript.
Changes in the PAES
In the Administrative Arrangement Orders of 21 September 2015 and 30 September
2015, the government announced the following changes to portfolio responsibilities:
Ageing and aged care functions were transferred from the
Department of Social Services to the Department of Health.
The statutory officer of the Aged Care Commissioner and the Aged
Care Pricing Commissioner were transferred to the Department of Health.
The Medicare Provider Compliance for the Medicare Benefits
Schedule and Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule and allied health services were
transferred to the Department of Health from the Department of Human Services.
Child care policy and programs and coordination of early
childhood development policy to the Department of Education and Training.
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