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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3429 ..

Answers to questions

Domestic and family violence—safer families levy(Question No 409)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, upon notice, on 6 August 2021:

(1) Did the Minister announce that the increase to the ACT Safer Families Levy will raise an additional $8.8 million for domestic and family violence services in the ACT, and that frontline services will be prioritised for funding; if so, can the ACT Government provide a detailed and complete breakdown of funding of the Safer Families Levy for this term of government.

(2) How much funding will be allocated to the frontline services of (a) Toora Women Inc (Toora) and (b) EveryMan.

(3) How much funding has EveryMan received from the ACT Government for each of the past five years and for what purposes.

(4) Will the ACT Government provide funding for two specialist children’s counsellors, as urgently requested by Toora in their 2021-22 ACT Budget Submission (and supported by Doris Women’s Refuge); if not, why not and what measures will the ACT Government take to support the increasing demand for services provided by Toora.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1) The ACT Government will stage an increase to the Safer Families Levy of $5 per year over four years, taking the Levy from $30 per household currently to $50 per household in 2024-25. The Levy increase will go directly to funding Safer Families initiatives.

This will deliver a total of $8.8 million over the next four years to expand funding for essential family, domestic and sexual violence initiatives for the ACT community. Funding from the Levy will be prioritised to frontline service delivery by both community and government services.

The Safer Families funding allocation is outlined in detail in Budget Paper 3 each year. As detailed in the 2021-22 Budget Paper, a range of initiatives are funded beyond 2021-22 via forward estimates.

2) Toora Women Inc. (Toora) and EveryMan are funded primarily through the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA). EveryMan also receives Community Development Program (CDP) funding.

a) The total NHHA funding to be received by Toora for the 2021-22 financial year is $4,023,050.72.

b) The total NHHA funding to be received by EveryMan for the 2021-22 financial year is $1,680,771.15. In addition, EveryMan will also receive $500,543.80 CDP funding.

3) The below table provides a composite breakdown of the funding received by EveryMan for the past five years, including the stated purpose and specific programs against these amounts.

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