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Tuesday, 8 August 2006
Page: 112


Ms Grierson asked the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, in writing, on 6 September 2005:

(1)   Does the department or any agency in the Minister’s portfolio administer any Commonwealth funded programs for which community organisations, businesses or individuals in the electoral division of Newcastle can apply for funding; if so, what are the details.

(2)   Are the programs identified in part (1) advertised; if so, in respect of each program (a) what print and other media outlets have been used to advertise it and (b) were these paid advertisements.

(3)   In respect of 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 and (c) individuals in the electoral division of Newcastle received funding in (i) 2003-2004 and (ii) 2004-2005.

(5)   What sum of Commonwealth funding did each recipient receive in (a) 2003-2004 and (b) 2004-2005 and what are their names and addresses.


Mr Ian Macfarlane (Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   Yes, a number of programs are available to community organisations, businesses or individuals in the federal electorate of Newcastle. In some cases eligibility will depend on the entity meeting specific criteria under the program. Programs available include: Innovation Commercial Ready Program R&D Tax Concession (including 175% Premium R&D Tax Concession and R&D Tax Offset) Renewable Energy Development Fund Industry Cooperative Innovation Program Low Emissions Technology Development Fund National Innovation Awareness Strategy Venture Capital Commercialising Emerging Technologies Program Innovation Investment Fund Pooled Development Funds Program Pre-Seed Fund Renewable Energy Equity Fund Venture Capital Limited Partnerships Program Sectoral Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme Australian Tourism Development Program Business Ready Program for Indigenous Tourism Ethanol Production Grants Program Petroleum Products Freight Subsidy Scheme Pharmaceutical Partnerships Program Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Corporatewear Register Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Expanded Overseas Assembly Provisions Scheme Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Strategic Investment Program Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Product Diversification Scheme Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Small Business Program Small Business Small Business Entrepreneurship Program Small Business Field Officers Program General Industry Certain Inputs to Manufacture Scheme Enhanced Project By-Laws Scheme Space Concession Scheme Tradex Scheme

(2)   Yes. The majority of the programs listed above are delivered by AusIndustry, the program delivery division of the Department. AusIndustry’s national marketing strategy directs the promotional efforts for AusIndustry programs. This strategy utilises a range of communication channels including: - the AusIndustry website (www.ausindustry.gov.au); - the AusIndustry hotline (13 28 46); - the AusIndustry e-bulletin; - advertising and editorial opportunities; - sponsorships and strategic partnerships; - Ministerial and customer events; - media relations; - 26 state and regional offices (including the Newcastle/Hunter regional office); - over 55 Small Business Field Officers (two officers servicing the Hunter region including the Newcastle electorate); and - publications and merchandise. AusIndustry’s advertisements appear in both print and on-line publications. These are paid advertisements (although sometimes editorial content is able to be leveraged). Print advertising includes advertising in major daily newspapers, trade and industry publications and regional newspapers such as the Newcastle Herald, while on-line advertisements primarily focus on industry portals.

(3) (a)   Information on the programs listed above is available on the Department’s website www.industry.gov.au, the AusIndustry’s website www.ausindustry.gov.au, and through the AusIndustry Hotline on 132846. (b) In most cases, delegated officers within AusIndustry approve funding proposals

(4)   and (5) Information on funding/assistance provided to businesses in the electorate of Newcastle during 2003-04 and 2004-05 is provided below.

Biotechnology Innovation Fund

(replaced by Commercial Ready Program)

Company

Financial Year

Benefits Provided (Estimate)

Hunter Immunology Pty Ltd

2003-04

2004-05

$84,000

$121,000

INTER-K Pty Ltd

2003-04

2004-05

$56,000

$74,000

Probiotic Health Pty Ltd

2003-04

2004-05

$55,000

$11,000

Therappy Pty Ltd

2003-04

2004-05

$128,000

72,000

ViroTarg Pty Ltd

2003-04

2004-05

$152,000

$91,000

R&D Start Program

(replaced by Commercial Ready Program)

Company

Financial Year

Benefits Provided (Estimate)

CCI Pope Pty Ltd

2003-04

2004-05

$30,000

$107,000

R&D Tax Concession

Company

Financial Year

Total R&D Expenditure

Aggregate information provided

2003-04

$43,542,000

Aggregate information provided

2004-05

$54,229,000

Note 1. Aggregate information for the program has been provided rather than individual details for particular customers. Confidentiality restrictions prevent disclosure of detailed information.

Note 2. ‘Total R&D Expenditure’ is not the value of assistance provided. This figure represents the total level of R&D expenditure reported by companies that have registered for that financial year.

Small Business Answers Program

(replaced by Small Business Field Officers Program)

Company

Financial Year

Benefits Provided (Estimate)

Hunter Area Consultative Committee Inc

2004-05

$220,000

Small Business Enterprise Culture Program

(replaced by Small Business Entrepreneurship Program)

Company

Date

Benefits Provided (Estimate)

Samaritans Foundation Diocese of Newcastle

2003-04

$15,000

Small Business Incubator Program

(replaced by Small Business Entrepreneurship Program)

Company

Financial Year

Benefits Provided (Estimate)

Hunter Small Business Incubator Ltd

2003-04

$585,000

Tradex Scheme

Company

Financial Year

Benefits Provided (Estimate)

Aggregate information provided

2003-04

$74,000

Aggregate information provided

2004-05

$34,000

Note 1. Aggregate information for the program has been provided rather than individual details for particular customers. Confidentiality restrictions prevent disclosure of detailed information.

Note 2. ‘Benefits Provided’ represents the estimated value of import duty forgone during the financial year.