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Budget 2014-2015 Budget Overview



Budget 2014-2015 Budget Overview

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17Health and Wellbeing Budget 2014-15 Supporting Children Budget 2014-15 provides $161million to the Department of Children and Families for a range of services to protect children in the Northern Territory from harm, including: $79.4 million to provide out-of-home care services including: $0.8 million for additional recruitment, retention and support for foster and kinship carers, improving long-term care options for children; $2.1 million to improve management and accountability of out-of-home care services, providing better outcomes for children; and $0.5 million for a new residential care facility in Tennant Creek for children under ten years of age; $33.9 million to provide child protection services including $40000 for upgrades to the Katherine Service Centre to provide sensitive and secure premises for staff and clients; and $38.3 million for family and parent support services including $1.4million for new youth services in Katherine, Darwin and Alice Springs. Budget 2014-15 also provides $0.94million to continue funding for the BushMob Youth Residential Rehabilitation Service in AliceSprings. Northern Territory Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme The 2014-15 Budget provides $27.9million to support seniors, carers, pensioners and veterans through a range of concessions for services including utilities, rates, spectacles, drivers licences, motor vehicle registration and travel. To ensure that the Northern Territory Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme (NTPCCS) remains an equitable and sustainable source of support for those most in need, membership requirements for new members entering the NTPCCS have been revised. New senior members will be required to meet Commonwealth eligibility criteria to receive concessions by being in receipt of a Centrelink concession such as the Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card, bringing seniors into line with membership requirements for existing non-senior scheme members. The revised membership arrangements will only apply to new members, existing members will be unaffected by this change. Health Infrastructure The 2014-15 Budget continues to invest in the health and wellbeing of Territorians by upgrading health facilities including: $22.8 million for upgrades at Royal Darwin Hospital, including: $11.9 million Commonwealth funding to refurbish paediatric wards; $6.7 million to upgrade negative pressure rooms; and $4.2 million to upgrade fire control measures; $8 million in Commonwealth funding for remote health clinics: $5.3 million for Robinson River; and $2.7 million for Titjikala; $35.6 million in Commonwealth funding for remote health centres in CanteenCreek, Elliott, Galiwinku, Kaltukatjara, Maningrida, Ngukurr, Ntaria, Numbulwar and Papunya; $5.2million in Commonwealth funding for a multidisciplinary teaching and training facility at the AliceSprings Hospital; and $1.9 million for emergency department airconditioning at Katherine Hospital.