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Tuesday, 1 February 1994
Page: 99

(Question No. 595)


Mr Nugent asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Communications, upon notice, on 16 November 1993:

  (1) What direct monetary assistance or benefit is available on an individual basis to Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders under programs operating within the Minister's portfolio.

  (2) Which forms of assistance or benefits are not means tested.

  (3) How many persons received each form of assistance or benefit in 1992-93.


Mr Beddall —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

  Three areas within the Transport and Communications portfolio have provided assistance on an individual basis to Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. These are as follows:

AUSTRALIA POST

  (1) Australia Post receives limited monetary assistance from the Aboriginal Employment Strategies Branch of the Department of Employment, Education and Training under the terms of an agreement relating to the Australia Post Aboriginal Employment Strategy. The Strategy provides employment opportunities to benefit long term unemployed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  (2) There are no means tests for employment under the relevant programs.

  (3) The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who benefited from this assistance during 1992/93 was 55.

BUREAU OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS ECONOMICS

  (1) The Bureau has an Aboriginal cadet who was appointed under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Cadetship program administered by the Department of Employment, Education and Training.

  The cadet was paid the following by the Department in 1992/93:

  Salary—$14,242.92

  HECS—$509.40

  Total—$14,752.32

  Any other benefits under the Aboriginal Cadetship Program are paid by the Department of Employment, Education and Training.

  (2) Not applicable.

  (3) Not applicable.

CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY

  (1) Although the Civil Aviation Authority provides no direct monetary assistance or benefit on an individual basis to Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, a subsidy of $300,000 to fund the cost of aerodrome inspectors to service the needs of Aboriginal communities in northern Australia was provided to the Civil Aviation Authority in the August 1992 Budget.

  The subsidy is provided through the Government's safety contract. This is in recognition of the vital role these inspectors play at remote airstrips in northern Australia. The subsidy was continued in the 1993 Budget.

  (2) Not applicable.

  (3) Not applicable.