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Tuesday, 29 August 2000
Page: 19605


Ms Ellis asked the Minister representing the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 29 June 2000:

(1) Did the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy-National Skills Development Program for Volunteers Initiative receive funding in the 2000-2001 Budget of $15.8 million over the next four years to help people involved in volunteer work build skills and celebrate the International Year of Volunteers in 2001; if so, what proportion of total funding will be spent on (a) helping people involved in volunteer work build skills, and (b) the International Year of Volunteers in 2001.

(2) Of the total funding identified in part (1)(a), what sum will be allocated to (a) peak non-government voluntary bodies at the national level, (b) Commonwealth government Departments and agencies, (c) non-government voluntary bodies in each State and Territory and (d) State and Territory government departments and agencies.

(3) Of the total funding identified in part (1)(b), what sum will be allocated to (a) peak non-government voluntary bodies at the national level, (b) Commonwealth government Departments and agencies, (c) non-government voluntary bodies in each State and Territory and (d) State and Territory government departments and agencies.

(4) Of the total funding identified in parts (2)(a), (2)(b), (2)(c) and (2)(d), when will the recipients (a) be notified of their funding and (b) receive the funding.


Mr Anthony (Minister for Community Services) —The Minister for Family and Community Services has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) Yes, $15.8 million over four years was allocated to National Skills Development for Volunteers and the International Year for Volunteers through the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy, announced as part of the 2000-01 Budget.

(a) $8.8 million over four years has been allocated to the National Skills Development Initiative.

(b) $7 million over 2 years has been allocated to the International Year of Volunteers.

(2) (a) The Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) is currently consulting with the voluntary sector and considering various models for implementing the National Skills Development initiative. Funding will not be allocated until the outcomes of these considerations are finalised.

(b) See 2(a)

(c) See 2(a)

(d) See 2(a)

(3) (a) Objectives for the International Year of Volunteers are currently being developed by FaCS in partnership with other tiers of government and the voluntary sector. FaCS is currently running a series of community based workshops across the country to support this process. Once the objectives are established, detailed plans of activities will be prepared to support specific objectives, including ways in which funding will be allocated to the voluntary sector.

(b) See 3(a)

(c) See 3(a)

(d) See 3(a)

(4) (a) The timing of notification and receipt of funding will be determined by the activities referred to in the answers to questions 2 and 3.

(b) See 4(a)