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Thursday, 18 September 2003
Page: 20595


Mr McClelland asked the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, upon notice, on 11 August 2003:

(1) What programs have been introduced, continued or renewed by the Minister's Department in the electoral division of Barton since 1996.

(2) What grants and or benefits have been provided to individuals, businesses and organisations by the Minister's Department in the electoral division of Barton since 1996.


Mr Hardgrave (Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The programs that have been introduced, continued or renewed by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs since March 1996 and which may have benefited organisations in the electoral division of Barton are:

The Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) core funding program commenced in 1978 and is ongoing;

The Living in Harmony (LIH) Community Grants Initiative commenced in 1998 and is ongoing;

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) commenced in 1948 and is ongoing;

The Special Preparatory Program providing additional AMEP tuition for eligible humanitarian entrants commenced July 1998;

The Home Tutor Scheme Enhancement Program supporting the provision of English language assistance by community agencies commenced July 1998;

The Integrated Humanitarian Settlement Strategy (IHSS) was introduced in 1998, and is designed to provide intensive initial settlement support to newly arrived Humanitarian Program entrants throughout Australia;

The Grant-in-Aid (GIA) Scheme commenced in 1968 and Migrant Access Projects (MAPS) Scheme in 1988. They were replaced in 1997 by the Community Settlement Services Scheme (CSSS) program; and

The Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme (IAAAS) and the Asylum Seekers Assistance (ASA) scheme can be accessed by any eligible asylum seekers and others seeking immigration advice throughout Australia. The delivery of IAAAS commenced in 1997, and the delivery of ASA commenced in 1992. Both are ongoing.

(2) The Department does not collect data by electorate. The addresses and postcodes of organisations receiving funding have been used to identify the funding provided to the electorate of Barton for the Migrant Resource Centre, Living in Harmony, GIA and CSSS Programs. The use of AMEP, Special Preparatory Program and Home Tutor Scheme Enhancement Program by residents in the electorate of Barton has been assessed on the basis of postcode information on enrolled students.

Grants and or benefits provided to individuals, businesses and organisations by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs in the electoral division of Barton since 1996 are as follows:

Core funding to the St George Migrant Resource Centre Inc located in Rockdale, Sydney is shown in the following table:

Year

Funding amount allocated to St George Migrant Resource Centre Inc

1995-06

$307,268

1996-07

$359,340

1997-08

$350,593

1998-99

$338,899

1999-2000

$288,077

2000-01

$293,839

2001-02

$299,715

2002-03

$325,895

2003-04

$311,823

Funding under the Living in Harmony Community Grants initiative was awarded to the following organisations in the Barton electorate:

- $50,438 was awarded to the Action for World Development in Turella in 1999; and

- $37,400 was awarded to the St George Migrant Resource Centre in 2002.

More than 5,600 AMEP clients resident in the Barton electorate participated in AMEP classroom tuition, distance learning or home-tutoring in the period from 1996 to June 2003. AMEP funding in the Barton electorate in this period was approximately $12.9m (based on estimated average cost per client). 254 of these clients received additional Special Preparatory Program tuition from July 1998 to June 2003 at an approximate cost of $280,000 (based on estimated average cost per client). Community agencies in the local area have also received support in the provision of English language assistance through the Home Tutor Scheme Enhancement Program.

Funding under the GIA and the CSSS Schemes was awarded to the following organisations located within the Barton electorate:

Grant-In-Aid (GIA) Scheme

Year

Organisation

Amount

1996

Afghan Community

$47,596

1996

Al Zahra Muslim

$47,595

1996

Anglican Home Mission Society (Care Force)

$54,276

1996

Armenian Community Welfare Committee (Dioceses of the Armenian Church of Australia and NZ)

$47,595

1996

Asian Women at Work Inc (transferred from Urban Rural Movement Australia Inc 18/1/96)

$23,798

1996

Association of NESB Women of Australia Inc

$61,771

1996

St George Lebanese Joint Committee Inc

$47,596

Community Settlement Services Scheme (CSSS)

Year

Organisation

Amount

1997

Al Zahra Muslim Women's Association Inc

$48,358

1997

Macedonian Australian Welfare Association of Sydney Inc

$55,145

1997

St George Lebanese Joint Committee Inc

$48,358

1997

St George MRC

$46,423

1998

Al Zahra Muslim Women's Association Inc

$49,131

1998

Coptic Orthodox Church NSW

$24,566

1998

Macedonian-Australian Welfare

$56,027

1998

St George Lebanese Joint Committee Inc

$49,131

1998

St George MRC

$47,166

1999

Al Zahra Muslim Women's Association

$49,917

1999

Coptic Orthodox Church NSW

$24,958

1999

South Region (NSW) Chinese Community Association Inc

$5,000

1999

Macedonian Australian Welfare Association of Sydney Inc

$59,295

1999

St George Lebanese Joint Committee

$24,958

1999

St George MRC

$79,655

1999

Coptic Orthodox Church - Diocese of NSW

$24,958

2000

South Region (NSW) Chinese Community Association Inc

$5,000

2000

St George MRC

$80,838

2000

St George Lebanese Joint Committee

$25,358

2000

Macedonian Australian Welfare Association of Sydney Inc

$60,243

2000

Al Zahra Muslim Women's Association

$50,716

2001

Coptic Orthodox Church - Diocese of NSW

$25,764

2001

Macedonian Australian Welfare Association of Sydney Inc

$61,400

2001

St George Lebanese Joint Committee

$25,763

2001

St George MRC

$82,131

2002

St George MRC

$90,000

2002

St George Lebanese Joint Committee

$56,000

2002

Macedonian Australian Welfare Association of Sydney Inc

$62,700

2002

Al Zahra Muslim Women's Association

$60,000

2002

Coptic Orthodox Church - Diocese of NSW

$30,000

2003

Coptic Orthodox Church - Diocese of NSW

$45,900

2003

St George Lebanese Joint Committee

$22,950

2003

St George MRC

$45,810

As IAAAS community services are delivered by contracted service providers at a State/Territory level, and the ASA scheme is delivered by the Australian Red Cross on a national basis, funding for these programs cannot be broken down by electorate.