ADIA is the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. Our vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and wellbeing of all Australians...................... — ADIA Strategic Plan

2014 Budget — Dental care spending

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The 2014 Australian Government budget reviews a number of measures announced in previous budgets and has made cuts across most areas of government expenditure, including dental spending. In most cases the savings from this measure will be invested by the Government in the Medical Research Future Fund.

Child dental benefits scheme —

The Child Dental Benefit Schedule commenced on 1 January 2014, and provides up to $1,000 in benefits, capped over two calendar years, for basic dental services for eligible children 2-17 years of age who meet a means test. The budget papers indicate that some 2.4million children will access this scheme each year.

National partnership on treating more public dental patients —

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the National Partnership on treating more public dental patients to assist the States in providing treatment for up to 400,000 people on public dental waiting lists, with a particular focus on Indigenous patients, high risk patients and those from rural areas. The grant funding allocated by the Australian Government to each state / territory in each financial year are set out in the table below.

NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT TOTAL
...2013-14 $50.0Mil $38.5Mil $30.4Mil $13.0Mil $12.5Mil $5.5Mil $2.5Mil $2.8Mil $155.,2Mil
...2014-15 $38.5Mil $29.7Mil $23.4Mil $10.1Mil $9.6Mil $4.3Mil $1.9Mil $2.1Mil $119.6Mil
...2015-16
...2016-17
...2017-18

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National partnership on adult dental patients —

The Commonwealth will provide funding for the National Partnership on adult public dental services to support the provision of dental services to adults who rely on the public dental system. This initiative will contribute to long-term improvement in dental health by assisting low income adults to receive treatment. The grant funding allocated by the Australian Government to each state / territory in each financial year are set out in the table below.

NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT TOTAL
...2013-14
...2014-15
...2015-16 $64.9Mil $49,6Mil $40.1Mil $21.2Mil $14.6Mil $4.6Mil $3.3Mil $2.1Mil $200,0Mil
...2016-17 $95.1Mil $73.1Mil $59.2Mil $31.1Mil $21.6Mil $6.7Mil $4.9Mil $3.0Mil $295.0Mi.
...2017-18 $125.7Mil $96.7Mil $78.3Mil $41.4Mil $28.5Mil $8.9Mil $6.4Mil 40.2Mil 390.0Mil

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The Government will achieve savings of $390.0 million over four years from 2014-15 by deferring the commencement of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2012-13 measure Dental health reform National Partnership Agreement for adult public dental services from 2014-15 to 2015-16. The savings from this measure will be invested by the Government in the Medical Research Future Fund. The budgetary impact of this measure are as set out in the table below and in accordance with convention a saving / reduction is denoted as negative (-) expenditure.

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
...Department of Health -$0.5Mil -$0.2Mil -$0.1Mil -$0.2Mil
...Department of the Treasury -$200.0Mil -$95.0Mil -$90.0Mil
...Total — Expense -$200.5Mil -$95.2Mil -$95.1Mil -$0.1Mil


Flexible grants program —

The Government will achieve savings of $229.0 million over four years by ceasing the Dental Flexible Grants Programme. The savings from this measure will be invested by the Government in the Medical Research Future Fund. The budgetary impact of this measure are as set out in the table below and in accordance with convention a saving / reduction is denoted as negative (-) expenditure.

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
...Department of Health -$4.4Mil -$9.4Mil -$9.0Mil -$12.8Mil
...Total — Expense -$4.4Mil -$9.4Mil -$9.0Mil -$12.8Mil

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CSU Dental & Oral Health Developments —

The Government will achieve savings of $15.2 million over three years by not proceeding with the Charles Sturt University — dental and oral health clinic developments in New South Wales measure, which was announced in the 2013 Economic Statement. The savings from this measure will be invested by the Government in the Medical Research Future Fund. The budgetary impact of this measure are as set out in the table below and in accordance with convention a saving / reduction is denoted as negative (-) expenditure.

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
...Department of Health -$4.6Mil -$7.1Mil -$3.6Mil
...Total — Expense -$4.6Mil -$7.1Mil -$3.6Mil

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Following the budget ADIA met meet with Ministers and senior departmental staff in order to better understand how individual policy initiatives will impact upon the interests of the dental industry.

This update was issued on 1 May 2014 and please note that changes in circumstances after the publication of material or information may impact upon its accuracy and also change regulatory compliance obligations. The statements, regulatory and technical information contained herein are believed to be accurate and are provided for information purposes only. Readers are responsible for assessing its relevance and verifying the accuracy of the content. To the fullest extent permitted by law, ADIA will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred in relation to or arising as a result of relying on the information presented here.

Member Engagement —

ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results. With respect to the Association's work to ensure that the initiatives within the 2014 Australian Government budget support the dental industry, the team in the ADIA national office receive advice and guidance from members serving on the ADIA-BAC Business Affairs Committee.

Further Information —

To keep up to date with how ADIA is working to ensure that the Australian Government budget supports the dental industry, subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dental.industry. Alternatively, you can contact the Association via email at canberra@adia.org.au or by telephone on 1300 943 094.

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