On 12 February 2015 the Senate referred the following documents to the committee
for examination and report in relation to its portfolios:
Particulars of proposed additional expenditure in respect of the
year ending on 30 June 2015 [Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2014–2015].
Particulars of certain proposed additional expenditure in respect
of the year ending on 30 June 2015 [Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2014–2015]; and
Particulars of proposed additional expenditure in relation to the
parliamentary departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2015
[Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No.2) 2014–15].
The committee is responsible for the examination of the following
Social Services; and
The committee is required to report to the Senate on its consideration
of 2014–2015 additional estimates on Tuesday 17 March 2015.
Details of hearings
The committee considered the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES)
2014–2015 for the Social Services portfolio, the Human Services portfolio, and the
Health portfolio, at hearings from 25 February to 27 February 2015 (inclusive).
The hearings were conducted in accordance with the agreed agenda outlined as
Wednesday 25 February 2015 — Health portfolio
Thursday 26 February 2015 — Human Services and Social Services
Friday 27 February 2015 — Social Services portfolio
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 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, the date for submission to the committee
of written answers to questions or additional information relating to the
expenditure is 17 April 2015.
Answers to questions taken on notice and tabled documents relating to the
committee's hearings will be tabled in the Senate. Answers to questions on
notice and additional information may be accessed via the committee's website.
The committee discussed many of the expenditure proposals and
information contained in the PAES. These discussions are detailed in the
committee’s Hansard transcripts of 25 February 2015 to 27 February 2015
(inclusive), copies of which will be tabled in the Senate. Hansard transcripts
of the estimates proceedings are also accessible on the committee’s website at http://www.aph.gov.au/senate_ca.
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
The government has abolished the following agencies and transferred their
essential functions below to the Department of Health:
General Practice Education and Training;
Health Workforce Australia; and
Australian National Preventative Health Agency.
Social Services portfolio (including
Additional functions relating to child care policy and programmes and
coordination of early childhood development policy were transferred under the
Administrative Arrangements Order of 23 December 2014 to the Social Services
portfolio from the former Department of Education.
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