Australian Government, Australian Government Actuary

Calculation of Contributory Parent Visa Composite Index for 2012/13

Background

Under Section 6 of the Migration (Visa Application) Charge Act 1997, the visa application charge limit for contributory parent visas is to be adjusted by the Contributory Parent Visa Composite Index using the following formula:

Formula: Previous charge limit x open bracket 1 + contributory Parent Visa Composite Index over 100% close bracket

where:

the Contributory Parent Visa Composite Index is as published by the Australian Government Actuary for a financial year.

Relevant sections of the Migration (Visa Application) Charge Act 1997 are set out in the Attachment.

Contributory Parent Visa Composite Index for 2012/13

For financial year 2012/13, the value of the Contributory Parent Visa Composite Index is 5.5%.

Method of Calculation – 2012/13

For financial year 2012/13, the Composite Index is calculated as:

1% × CPI Increase + 30% × Age Pension Increase + 60% × Health Expenditure Increase + 9% × AWOTE Increase

where:

CPI Increase is the percentage increase in the All Groups Consumer Price Index, published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, during the year ending in December 2011;

Age Pension Increase is the percentage increase in the maximum single age pension rate from 20 March 2011 to 20 March 2012; and

Health Expenditure Increase is the estimated percentage increase in per capita Commonwealth health expenditure from financial year 2008/09 to financial year 2009/10, derived from figures published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in "Health Expenditure Australia 2008-09" and "Health Expenditure Australia 2009-10" ; and

AWOTE Increase is the percentage increase in the Full-Time Adult Ordinary Time Earnings (Original Series) for persons, published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, during the year ending November 2011.

Using the definitions given above, the relevant components of the Composite Index for 2012/13 are:

CPI Increase 3.1%
Age Pension Increase 3.6%
Health Expenditure Increase 6.6%
AWOTE Increase 4.3%

For 2012/13 the index is calculated as:

(1% x 3.1%) + (30% x 3.6%) + (60% x 6.6%) + (9% x 4.3%) =5.5%

The percentage weightings of the four index components have been derived from projections of estimated Commonwealth expenditure on immigrants under the Contributory Parent Visa program over a 60 year period carried out during 2007/08. The projections took account of the most recent available expenditure and utilisation data at that time as well as the demographic characteristics of those who had entered Australia on the Contributory Parent Visa since its introduction. Based on the projections, health costs account for about 60% of total costs, with aged care accounting for a further 9% of the total costs, social security pensions about 30% of total costs, and the remaining 1% attributable to a number of miscellaneous costs.

SIGNED

Peter Martin
Australian Government Actuary
13 March 2012


Attachment

Section 3A and Section 6 of the Migration (Visa Application) Charge Act 1997 follow:

" Section 3A. Definitions

In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

contributory parent visa means a permanent or temporary visa included in a class of visas under regulations made under the Migration Act 1958, being a class that has the words "contributory parent" or "contributory aged parent" in its title.

Contributory Parent Visa Composite Index means the Contributory Parent Visa Composite Index, expressed as a percentage, published by the Australian Government Actuary for a financial year."

"Section 6. The visa application charge limit - contributory parent visas

Financial year beginning 1 July 2002

section 6.

  1. The charge limit in relation to a visa application for a contributory parent visa made during the financial year beginning on 1 July 2002 is $26,745.

Later financial years

  1. The charge limit for a later financial year is the amount worked out under subsection (3) or (5), depending on the amount of the Contributory Parent Visa Composite Index for the later financial year.

Contributory Parent Visa Composite Index more than zero

  1. If the Contributory Parent Visa Composite Index for the later financial year is more than zero, the charge limit for that financial year is the amount worked out using the following formula, then rounded under subsection (4):

Formula: Previous charge limit x open bracket 1 + contributory Parent Visa Composite Index over 100% close bracket

where:

previous charge limit

means the charge limit for the financial year before the later financial year.

  1. If an amount worked out under the formula in subsection (3) is not a multiple of $5, the amount is to be rounded as follows:
    1. if the amount exceeds the nearest lower multiple of $5 by $2.50 or more - round the amount up to the nearest higher multiple of $5;
    2. in any other case - round the amount down to the nearest lower multiple of $5.

Contributory Parent Visa Composite Index zero or less

  1. If the Contributory Parent Visa Composite Index for the later financial year is zero or less, the charge limit for that financial year is the same as the charge limit for the financial year before the later financial year."