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    Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
    The Honourable Tracy Davis

    Delivering $1.756 billion in Community, Child Safety and Disability Services grants and subsidies

    Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
    The Honourable Tracy Davis

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Delivering $1.756 billion in Community, Child Safety and Disability Services grants and subsidies

    The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is delivering $1.756 billion in grants and subsidies this financial year.

    Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis said the Newman Government was providing a record $959 million for specialist disability services and increased spending for child safety by $140 million over four years to address a funding shortfall left by Labor.

    “This Department had an unfunded child safety black hole of $72 million in 2011-12, rising to $78 million in 2012-13 and we have worked hard to make sure the critical area of child protection is securely funded for the future,” Ms Davis said.

    “This budget is the most important in a generation and it will set Queensland’s finances on the road to recovery.

    “The Department is continuing to focus on providing essential frontline support and services for people most in need through $1.756 billion in grants and subsidies.

    “However, we’ve also had to make some tough decisions and have identified $30.35 million in savings this financial year through funding changes and efficiencies for State funded organisations.

    “The financial situation inherited from Labor was completely unsustainable and every Department is playing a part in contributing towards the State’s fiscal repair.

    “Our savings measures will have some effect on grants to some of our community services sector partners and we have worked hard to protect critical areas of service delivery.

    “Some of our sector partners are also being asked to work more collaboratively to find efficiencies in their service delivery model.

    “We are working with non-government organisations so they can continue providing the best services they can within the budget available.”

    Savings include:

    • The Neighbourhood Centre program will continue to provide over $11 million in 2012/13 to support 109 centres across Queensland. There will be a 10 per cent reduction in funding to those centres receiving more than $90,000 per annum. Funding will no longer be provided for the Community Development program.
    • Youth at risk and youth support programs will continue to receive more than $12.4 million in 2012/13. There will be a 10 per cent reduction in funding to those services receiving more than $90,000 per annum. Funding for Youth Parliament, Youth Schoolies and Youth Outside School Hours Care will not be affected by this change. Contributions towards Youth Support Coordinators and funding for a small number of youth engagement and youth development grants will no longer continue.
    • One-off grants for emergency relief will no longer be provided, however people in financial crisis will still be able to access emergency vouchers and assistance through the federally funded scheme. Funding for Foodbank is not affected by this change.
    • Businesses or individuals will now be responsible for the tax-deductible Yellow Card application fee, which is consistent with Blue Card application responsibilities.
    • Volatile Substance Misuse services in Cherbourg and Men’s Alcohol Services will continue, with other Alcohol Reform Programs winding up, many of which were due to end on 31 December 2012. This does not affect other Volatile Substance Misuse programs, as they are funded through a different program.
    • There will be efficiencies made to peak bodies and advocacy groups and the Queensland Government will encourage greater collaboration between related services.
    • An across the board efficiency dividend of 1 per cent for 24/7 services and 3.75% for others will be applied from 1 January 2013 to recurrent grants for child safety and social inclusion services to reduce auxiliary and administrative costs.

    Detailed information will be provided to organisations by the end of the month.

    [ENDS] 12 September 2012

    Media enquiries: Sarah Gullo 0417 172 480