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Monday, 26 May 2003
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Ms Hoare asked the Minister for Education, Science and Training, upon notice, on 19 March 2003:

(1) Does the Ministers Department administer any Commonwealth funded programs for which community organisations, businesses or individuals in the electoral division of Charlton can apply for funding; if so, what are the programs.

(2) Does the Ministers Department advertise these funding opportunities; if so, (a) what print or other media outlets have been used for the advertising of each of these programs, (b) were these paid advertisements, and if so, (c) what was the cost of each advertisement.

(3) With respect to each of the Commonwealth funded programs referred to in part (1), (a) what is its purpose and (b) who is responsible for allocating funds.

(4) With respect to each of the Commonwealth funded programs referred to in part (1), how many (a) community organisations, (b) businesses or (c) individuals in the electoral division of Charlton received funding in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000, (iii) 2001, and (iv) 2002.

(5) What is the name and address of each recipient.


Dr Nelson (Minister for Education, Science and Training) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes. The Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) administers the following programmes in the electoral division of Charlton:

Higher Education

No - but see answer to (4) below.

Indigenous Education

The Department administers the Indigenous Education Strategic Initiatives Programme (IESIP), the Indigenous Education Direct Assistance (IEDA) programme and the Indigenous Support Funding (ISF). The funding available under these programmes is outlined in 3 below.

Schools

The majority of schools programmes could provide assistance, either directly or indirectly, to the people in the electorate of Charlton. These include programmes such as General Recurrent Grants, Establishment Grants, Capital Grants, Schools Short Term Emergency Assistance, National Values Education Study, Special Education - Non-government Centre Support Programme, National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies and Projects, Strategic Assistance for Improving Student Outcomes, Enterprise and Career Education, Country Areas, English as a Second Language - New Arrivals, Languages Other Than English, Job Pathways (JPP), Partnership Outreach Education Model (POEM) Pilot, Career and Transition (CAT) Pilot and Discovering Democracy. However, under programme administrative arrangements with the States, Territories and non-government education authorities, the Commonwealth only collects data by electorate for certain programmes. For Information on these programmes refer to questions 4 and 5 below.

The Department administers the JPP, however, this programme is fully committed until the end of December 2003 and there is no additional funding available. Funding was allocated through a tender process conducted in 1999.

Science

Innovation Access Programme - International Science and Technology (IAP-IST): Competitive Grants.

Vocational Education

Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) Programme.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Programme (LLNP). The LLNP commenced in January 2002 and was formed by amalgamation of the former Literacy and Numeracy Programme and the Advanced English for Migrants Programme. It offers three streams of training: basic English language; advanced English language; and literacy and numeracy.

Joint Group Training Programme. The Programme provides funding to recognised Group Training Organisations in NSW. Commonwealth contributions match those of the State on a dollar for dollar basis. Funding for the Programme is provided through the Australian National Training Authority.

Group Training New Apprenticeships Targeted Initiatives Programme (TIP). The Programme was established to promote New Apprenticeships through Group Training arrangements. The following organisations are eligible for funding: Group Training Companies; Group Training peak bodies; and other Group Training organisations involved in the provision of Group Training arrangements.

New Apprenticeships Access Programme (NAAP).

New Apprenticeships Incentives Programme.

(2) Yes.

Higher Education

Not applicable.

Indigenous Education

There is no advertising of funding opportunities under IESIP, IEDA or ISF.

Schools

The above programmes are advertised on the Department's Website as part of the Commonwealth Programmes for School - Quadrennial Administrative Guidelines 2001-04. A number of programmes also advertise particular components.

The Minister wrote to each school principal in September 2002 inviting schools to participate in the National Values Education Study. Paid advertisements through print or other media outlets were not used.

The Department advertised the opportunity for the JPP through paid advertisements placed in national newspapers and unpaid advertisements on the Departmental website and through the Public Service Gazette. The total cost of advertising was $60,934.07.

Science

(a)

(b)

(c) (GST exc)

Financial Review (13/9/02)

Yes

3,579.60

The Australian (18/9/02)

Yes

1,349.60

R&D Review (22/9/02)

Yes

300

R&D Info (12/9/02)

Yes

165

The Australian (15/1/03)

Yes

1,315.86

Financial Review (17/1/03)

Yes

2,449.20

Financial Review (19/2/03)

Yes

1,711.71

The Australian (19/2/03)

Yes

1,586.62

Australian Academy of Science e-newsletter

No

-

Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering e-newsletter

No

-

CSIRO e-newsletter

No

-

Australian Industry Group

No

-

ACCI

No

-

CRC Association

No

-

FASTS

No

-

Smart Link

No

-

Vocational Education

WELL

(a) The WELL Programme is advertised nationally and in each State and Territory. In NSW, advertising has usually been in the Saturday Sydney Morning Herald, at least once and sometimes twice a year.

(b) Yes.

(c) In 2002, the cost of two advertisements in The Sydney Morning Herald was $4,163.36. Nationally, the WELL Programme has been advertised in The Australian, and in 2002 the cost of one advertisement in The Australian was $2,353.46. In 2002, the WELL Programme was also advertised in Australian Business News, which has a majority of its readers in NSW and the cost of this advertisement was $798.50.

LLNP

(a) The competitive tender of late 2001 was advertised nationally in The Australian newspaper and in regional newspapers across the country, including the Newcastle Herald. An Intention to Release Request for Tender was advertised on 11 August 2001 and the Request for Tender was advertised on 18 August 2001.

(b) Yes.

(c) These were paid advertisements which cost $11,209.49 and $13,078.03 respectively.

Joint Group Training Programme

No. The advertising of funding opportunities in NSW under the Joint Group Training Programme is administered by NSW State Training Authorities.

TIP

(a) Advertised in major metropolitan and national newspapers and through the Programme website.

(b) Yes.

(c) A total of $13,732.93 was spent on advertising the first funding round of the Programme in 2000-01.

NAAP

(a) Major metropolitan and national newspapers, the Commonwealth Purchasing and Disposal Gazette and the Internet via the Department of Education, Science and Training home page.

(b) Yes.

(c) A total of $19,382.12 was spent in 2001-02 advertising a request for tender to provide NAAP services for the period 2002-2004.

New Apprenticeships Incentives Programme

There have been national advertising campaigns for New Apprenticeships which ran periodically between 1999 and 2002 and therefore would have appeared on local television and in the local press and targeted potential apprentices and employers.

(3) Higher Education

Not applicable.

Indigenous Education

(a) Funding under IESIP provides supplementary assistance through recurrent and project funding to education providers and other bodies to achieve improved outcomes for Indigenous students. Supplementary IESIP funding applies across the preschool, school and vocational education and training sectors.

The IEDA programme has three elements and does not directly provide funding to education providers. The elements of the programme are:

1. The Aboriginal Student Support and Parent Awareness (ASSPA) programme funds parent committees in preschools and schools to undertake activities to improve education outcomes for Indigenous students and to increase the participation of the parents of Indigenous students in their children's education;

2. The Aboriginal Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ATAS) provides supplementary tuition and other study assistance to Indigenous students in primary and secondary schools, TAFE, University and formal training programmes; and

3. The Vocational and Educational Guidance for Aboriginals Scheme (VEGAS) funds projects on career information and study options, and projects which foster positive attitudes about participation in education for Indigenous school students.

The Indigenous Support Funding programme provides grants to higher education institutions to assist in meeting the special needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and to advance the goals of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy. Each institution is required to develop an Indigenous education strategy, which forms part of the institution's educational profile on which Commonwealth funding is based.

(b) DEST National Office, in conjunction with the NSW DEST State Office and NSW DEST District Offices, allocates funds under IESIP in line with the Administrative Guidelines.

Funding under IEDA is allocated in line with the IEDA Policy and Procedures Manual by the NSW DEST State Office and the NSW DEST District Offices.

Schools

Details of these Commonwealth programmes are available on the Department's website as part of the Commonwealth Programmes for Schools - Quadrennial Administrative Guidelines 2001-04.

Science

(a) The IAP-IST Competitive Grants component supports international research and development cooperation and related activities. Support is available for Australian researchers who are undertaking collaborative research projects and alliances, and associated project-specific workshops with international partners. This includes specific support for Australian participation in European Union Framework research projects. It also offers support of up to $50,000 per conference for between 2 and 5 major international conferences per year that can contribute to the goals of the IAP-IST.

(b) A three-person Assessment Panel assesses all applications against the Eligibility and Assessment Criteria and makes recommendations to the Minister for Science for approval

Vocational Education

WELL

(a) The WELL Programme funds enterprises or training providers to provide workers with English language and literacy skills to help them meet their current and future employment and training needs. It particularly targets workers who are at risk of losing their jobs because of low literacy skills.

(b) The Branch Manager, Quality and Access Branch, VET Group in DEST holds the delegation for approving WELL project funding.

LLNP

(a) LLNP training is designed to lead to a measurable improvement in participants' language, literacy and numeracy competencies, thereby making them more competitive in the labour market, or enabling them to continue with further education or training. Training can also lead to partial recognition of overseas-earned qualifications for migrant participants.

(b) The Programme receives an annual budget using Administered funds. Expenditure is largely driven by demand in areas across the country rather than by allocation of fixed amounts to specific areas. The Branch Manager, Quality and Access Branch, VET Group in the Department of Education, Science and Training holds the delegation for LLNP funds approval.

Joint Group Training Programme

(a) The purpose of the Programme is to provide funding to recognised Group Training Organisations in NSW. Commonwealth contributions match those of the State on a dollar for dollar basis.

(b) Funding for the Joint Group Training Programme is provided through the Australian National Training Authority.

TIP

(a) TIP provides funding to Group Training Organisations to establish sustainable New Apprenticeships markets in critical, under-serviced and challenging areas, and recruit New Apprentices under Group Training arrangements. This includes skill shortages and disadvantaged communities.

(b) The Department of Education, Science and Training.

NAAP

(a) NAAP provides job seekers who experience barriers to skilled employment, with pre-vocational training, support and assistance to obtain and maintain a New Apprenticeship. Alternatively, a job seeker may be supported into employment, further education or training.

(b) The Department of Education, Science and Training.

New Apprenticeships Incentives Programme

(a) The purpose of the New Apprenticeships Incentives Programme is to create a vocational education and training system that contributes to national economic growth, increased employment and a more highly skilled workforce.

(b) New Apprenticeships Centres are contracted to administer New Apprenticeships Support Services, which include the responsibility for allocating funds.

(4) Higher Education

The Commonwealth provides a number of higher education places each year to Avondale College. The places are provided on a contractual basis. The number of places and associated funding for each year is:

1999

2000

2001

2002

Operating granta

$1.7 m

$1.712 m

$1.749 m

$1.789 m

Higher education places

235

235

235

235

(a) Includes HECS Liabilities

Note: Higher education payments are legislated by calendar year.

Indigenous Education

The Awabakal Preschool, which is located in the electorate of Charlton, is in receipt of funding under IESIP.

Schools in the electorate of Charlton receive the benefit of IESIP as IESIP funding is provided on an aggregate basis to the NSW Department of Education and to the NSW Catholic Education Office.

It would be extremely difficult to determine the level of IEDA funding utilised in the electorate of Charlton as funding is not recorded on an electorate basis. The electorate would contain a number of ASSPA Committees and individuals receiving assistance under ATAS. It is also possible that individuals from the electorate have participated in VEGAS projects run from the Newcastle Indigenous Education Unit of DEST, but no projects were specifically aimed at and limited to students in the electorate of Charlton.

Schools

Programmes in the electorate of Charlton

Number of Organisation/Business/Individuals

1999

2000

2001

2002

General Recurrent Grants to Non-Government Schools

16

16

15

15

Establishment Grants

0

0

1

1

Capital Grants to Non-government Schools

0

3

2

1

Capital Grants to Government Schools

1

0

0

0

Special Education - Non-government Centre Support

2

2

0

1

Jobs Pathway

0

1

1

1

Science

1999

2000

2001

2002

A

*

*

*

Nil

B

*

*

*

Nil

C

*

*

*

Nil

*IAP-IST Competitive Grants began in FY2002-03. The programme was previously delivered by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. No projects were supported in 2002 for the Charlton Electorate.

Vocational Education

WELL

There were four WELL projects that received funding over the 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 calendar years in the electoral division of Charlton.

(a) No community organisations were funded.

(b) Four businesses were funded.

(c) No individuals were funded.

LLNP

In 1999, 2000, 2001 a community organisation was contracted under the former Literacy and Numeracy Programme to provide literacy and numeracy services in the electorate division of Charlton. In 2002 two organisations were contracted to provide services under the LLNP in the electorate of Charlton.

(a) Two community organisations were funded.

(b) No businesses were funded.

(c) No individuals were funded.

Joint Group Training Programme

(a) No community organisations were funded.

(b) One business was funded over 1999-2002.

(c) No individuals were funded.

TIP

(a) No community organisations were funded.

(b) No businesses were funded.

(c) No individuals were funded.

NAAP

(a) No community organisations were funded.

(b) No businesses were funded.

(c) No individuals were funded.

New Apprenticeships incentives Programme

In 1999 there were 575 claims processed from employers in the Charlton electorate.

In 2000 there were 1,976 claims processed from employers in the Charlton electorate.

In 2001 there were 2,251 claims processed from employers in the Charlton electorate.

In 2002 there were 3,357 claims processed from employers in the Charlton electorate.

(5) Higher Education

Avondale College, 528 Freemans Drive, Cooranbong NSW 2265, Australia.

Indigenous Education

Names and addresses for recipients of funding under IEDA in the electorate of Charlton are not available. IESIP funding was received by Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Corporation, 127 Maitland Rd, Islington.

Schools

General Recurrent Grants to Non-Government Schools:

Avondale Primary School, Cooranbong

Avondale Seventh Day Adventist High School, Cooranbong

Christadelphian Heritage College, Cooranbong

Fern Valley Montessori Primary School, Cardiff

Holy Cross Primary School, Glendale

Lake Macquarie Christian College, Fassifern

Macquarie College, Wallsend

St Benedict's Primary School, Edgeworth

St John of God - Kendall Grange Limited, Kendall Grange Via Morisset

St John Vianney Primary School, Morisset

St Joseph's Primary School, Kilaben Bay Toronto

St Kevin's Primary School, Cardiff

St Mary's Primary School, Warners Bay

St Paul's High School, Booragul

The Newcastle Rudolf Steiner School, Glendale

Toronto Seventh Day Adventist Primary School, Toronto

Establishment Grants:

Fern Valley Montessori Primary School, Cardiff

Capital Grants to a Non-Government School:

Lake Macquarie Christian College, Fassifern

Macquarie College, Wallsend

St Paul's High School, Booragul

Capital Grants to a Government School:

Wallsend Public School, Wallsend

Special Education - Non-government Centre Support Programme:

1999 and 2000

St John of God Kendall Grange

1 Henry Road, Morisset Park NSW 2264

Jesmond Community Preschool

Janet Street, Jesmond NSW 2299

2002

Orana Community Preschool

10 Bean Street, Wallsend NSW 2287

Jobs Pathway Programme:

Penrith Skills for Jobs Ltd trading as JobQuest

Mr Ka Chan

Suite 1A, 826 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2302

(02) 4961 4388

Science

Not applicable.

Vocational Education

WELL

The WELL Programme is administered on a financial year, rather than calendar year basis. The table below lists the four WELL projects funded in the electoral division of Charlton in the 2000-01, 2001-02 financial years. There were no projects in the 1998-1999, 1999-2000 and 2002-2003 financial years.

Name of Recipient

Address of Recipient

Pasminco Cockle Creek Smelter Pty Limited

Main RoadBOOLAROO NSW 2284

Anglican Care

Toronto RoadBORRAGUL NSW 2284

Yamuloong Group Initiatives Ltd

71 Prospect RoadGARDEN SUBURB NSW 2289

Anglican Care

Toronto RoadBORRAGUL NSW 2284

LLNP

The LLNP Programme is administered on a financial year, rather than a calendar year basis. The table below lists the organisations contracted to provide services in the electoral division of Charlton in the 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02 financial years.

Name of Recipient

Address of Recipient

Westlakes Community Training Services

Cnr Carey Street and Brighton AvenueTORONTO NSW 2283140 Nelson StreetWALLSEND NSW 2285

TAFE NSW - Hunter Institute of TAFE

Glendale CampusFrederick StreetGGLENDALE NSW 2285

Joint Group Training Programme

Name of Recipient

Address of Recipient

HGT Australia Ltd

PO Box 135KOTARA NSW 2289

TIP

No recipients were funded in the electorate of Charlton.

NAAP

No recipients were funded in the electorate of Charlton.

New Apprenticeships Incentives Programme

Refer to Question 4.