Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget

Part 3: Capital Measures (Continued)

Health and Ageing

Latent tuberculosis testing — continuation

Capital ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Health and Ageing 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Health and Ageing 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5
Related expense ($m)
Department of Health and Ageing 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

The Government will provide $2.7 million over four years (including $0.6 million in expense funding) to continue the purchase and distribution of skin tests for latent tuberculosis. The test will be used by states and territories, the Australian Defence Force as well as the private sector. Those taking the test will be required to pay, which will result in revenue of $2.0 million over four years. This continues the program announced in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2006‑07 measure, Latent tuberculosis skin test.

The skin test is essential for conducting screening tests of health care workers, migrants, defence force recruits and personnel deployed overseas, as well as high risk Indigenous communities to help prevent the transfer of tuberculosis within the Australian population.

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