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Question Without Notice No. 1517 asked in the Legislative Council on 3 December 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT — COUNTRY AGE PENSION FUEL CARD

1517. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to the answer provided by the minister to question on notice 5626, asked by Hon Mia Davies, MLA.

(1) Given that the couple status of applicants for the Country Age Pension Fuel Card is not recorded by the Department of Transport, as the administrator of the fuel card scheme, how is the eligibility criteria of one fuel card per couple assessed and monitored from a compliance perspective?

(2) What staffing resources are dedicated to the administration of the fuel card scheme in the Department of Transport? Can the minister please advise by FTE staffing numbers and position levels.

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1) Application lists for fuel cards are sent to Centrelink for confirmation through a data-matching process using the applicant's name and Centrelink customer reference number, to ensure that only one fuel card is provided per couple.

(2) Currently, two FTEs are allocated to the administration of the fuel card scheme—a coordinator, who is employed at level 3, and an administration officer, who is employed at level 2.