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Question Without Notice No. 1215 asked in the Legislative Council on 23 October 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

FOSTER CARE — DEMAND MODEL

1215. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Child Protection:

I refer to the article, ''The ghost list: Foster kids languishing in a 'broken' system'', published by WAtoday on 27 September 2019 in which the Minister for Child Protection was quoted as saying —

''We have a demand model and the department acts in response to geographical need. Because of the demand model, the department received a significant amount in additional demand funding in the 2019–20 annual year—$21.9 million.''

(1) How was the figure of $21.9 million determined?

(2) Will the minister table the document that was the basis for the determination that $21.9 million was the additional amount required in accordance with the demand model?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The $21.9 million figure was determined with reference to the existing demand model. Through the demand model, the Department of Communities and the Department of Treasury estimate the level of funding needed to deliver child protection services across the forward estimates period. The model utilises both cost drivers, such as inflation and wages growth, and demand drivers, such as growth in existing service activity against population growth. The model is updated each year with the current cost and demand projections against the agreed parameters. The model incorporates growth in department interactions for the youth population and growth in the number of children in care, disaggregated by Aboriginality, against corresponding growth in both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australian youth population.

(2) The information that forms the basis for the determination was developed by Treasury for consideration by the Expenditure Review Committee, which is cabinet-in-confidence.