The Budget 2017-18 was announced on 9 May 2017 and included 42 measures which affect the department. Many of these are subject to the passage of legislation.
Key highlights for the department included:
- Funding the Jobs for Families Package - Family Payment Reform
This measure pauses indexation of Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A base rate, and maximum standard rates of FTB Part A and Part B for two years from 1 July 2017.
- My Health Record - continuation and expansion
This measure supports the department in transitioning support services for the My Health Record to the Australian Digital Health Agency.
- Health and Aged Care Payments Systems
This measure provides funding for essential maintenance of IT systems that support health, aged care and related veterans’ payments.
- Stronger requirements for income support recipients with substance misuse issues
These measures will be used to identify income support recipients with drug and alcohol misuse issues and assist them in addressing these barriers to finding employment.
- Veteran Centric Reform
This measure will support the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Veteran Centric Reform transformation program. DVA will deliver this measure in partnership with the department.
- Income Management - two year extension
This measure will continue the operation of Income Management in existing locations until 30 June 2019. BasicsCard services will continue to be available. This measure will also make minor changes to Income Management to improve the program’s delivery.