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Programme 1.8: Assistance to the states for disability services

Programme objective

The Government provides financial support for the states and territories to be spent in the delivery of disability services.

This programme also has links to the Social Services and Health portfolios.

From 2011-12, an adjustment is made to the National Disability SPP to ensure that the changes to Commonwealth and state roles and responsibilities for aged care and disability services, as part of the National Health Reform arrangements, are budget neutral.

Programme deliverables

The programme objective is:

  • payments to the states and territories are made in accordance with the payment arrangements specified in the Intergovernmental Agreement.

Key performance indicators

The key performance indicators are:

  • the Commonwealth Treasury will transfer to each state and territory the amounts of their monthly and annual entitlements under the National Disability Services SPP and will make the payments on the dates specified in the Intergovernmental Agreement;
  • the Commonwealth Treasury will provide advice to the states and territories on the components of each payment prior to each payment being made; and
  • the states and territories are required to spend the National Disability Services SPP in the disability services sector. Each state and territory Treasurer will provide a report to the Council on Federal Financial Relations demonstrating expenditure of the National Disability Services SPP within the sector in accordance with the Intergovernmental Agreement. The Commonwealth Treasury will review these reports provided by the states and territories.

Analysis of performance

The Treasury facilitated the Government’s 2013-14 financial support for the states and territories in the delivery of disability services.

  • Total expenses under the National Disability SPP were $1.3 billion. Payments were made in accordance with each state and territory’s monthly and annual entitlements.
  • Payments were made in a timely manner in accordance with the payment arrangements specified in the Intergovernmental Agreement.
  • Advice was provided to the states and territories prior to each payment being made.

To demonstrate that the National Disability SPP has been spent in the relevant sector, each state and territory Treasurer will provide a report to the Council within six months of 30 June 2014, disclosing relevant information in accordance with the Intergovernmental Agreement.

It should be noted that an adjustment is made to the National Disability SPP to ensure that the changes to Commonwealth and state roles and responsibilities for aged care and disability services, as part of the National Health Reform arrangements, are budget neutral for participating jurisdictions.