Michael Hogan, Director General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has provided the following overview of his department's budget services for peak and partner organisations.
The department's total operating expenditure for 2016-17 is $2.818 billion, representing an increase of 5% over the 2015-16 Annual Budget.
In addition, the Department will administer funding of $395.631 million for concessions and subsidies, and funds to pay Queensland’s contribution to the NDIS, in 2016-17.
State indexation of 2.69% will be applied to existing State funded ongoing service arrangements with non-government organisations.
A highlight of the budget is the Government’s commitment to an additional $198.2 million whole-of-government package over five years to address domestic and family violence, which includes $89.5 million in new funding through our Department.
The budget also continues the Government’s commitment to growing the investment in services for children and families in line with the Supporting Families Changing Futures reforms. The budget also delivers the Government’s commitment to the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, with the first year of the national roll-out happening in 2016-17.
In addition, there are a number of specific initiatives and announcements for locations across Queensland that will have positive impacts on the wellbeing of vulnerable individuals, families and communities.
You can read full details of the department's budget in the DCCSDS Service Delivery Statement budget paper.