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Tuesday, 8 August 2006
Page: 127


Ms Hoare asked the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, in writing, on 13 October 2005:

(1)   Does the Minister’s department administer any Commonwealth funded programs to 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 Minister’s 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, and (b) were these paid advertisements, if so, what were the costs of each advertisement.

(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)   In respect of 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 Charlton received funding in (i) 2003, and (ii) 2004 and what was the name and address of each recipient.


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 Charlton. In some cases eligibility for applying will depend on the entity meeting specific criteria under the program. Programs currently 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 (including two officers servicing the Hunter region including the Charlton 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 Maitland Mercury, while on-line advertisements primarily focus on industry portals.

   Information on the costs of specific advertisements is not readily available. There are no advertising costs during 2003 and 2004 that can be attributed directly to the Charlton electorate.

  

   (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 Charlton during 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 is provided below. (Calendar year information is not readily available.)

Biotechnology Innovation Fund

(replaced by Commercial Ready Program)

Company

Financial Year

Benefits Provided (Estimate)

Keystone Product Developments Pty Ltd

2004-05

$80,000

Commercialising Emerging Technologies Program

Company

Financial Year

Benefits Provided (Estimate)

Liquid Composites Australia Pty Ltd

2002-03

2003-04

$20,000

$80,000

Enhanced Printing Industry Competitiveness Scheme

(program closed)

Company

Financial Year

Benefits Provided (Estimate)

Nightingale Press Pty Ltd

2003-04

$4,000

R&D Start Program

(replaced by Commercial Ready Program)

Company

Financial Year

Benefits Provided (Estimate)

Liquid Composites Australia Pty Ltd

2003-04

2004-05

$62,000

$105,000

R&D Tax Concession

Company

Financial Year

Total R&D

Expenditure

Aggregate information provided

2002-03

$9,500,000

Aggregate information provided

2003-04

$12,579,000

Aggregate information provided

2004-05

$7,325,000

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.

Tradex Scheme

Company

Financial Year

Benefits Provided (Estimate)

Aggregate information provided

2002-03

$9,000

Aggregate information provided

2003-04

$12,000

Aggregate information provided

2004-05

$14,000

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.