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Thursday, 27 June 2013
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Tourism

(Question No. 1447)


Mr Baldwin asked the Minister for Tourism, in writing, on 20 March 2013:

In respect of the Government's election commitment to allocate an additional $40 million to the T-QUAL Grants program;

(a) what sum will be allocated per financial year;

(b) will all funding be expended in the forward estimates;

(c) how many funding rounds will be conducted with this money;

(d) has any portion of this sum been allocated to meet specific election commitments; if so, which ones, including the amount committed, project name and description and electorate; if not, will the entire pool be distributed by his department on application; and

(e) what proportion (as a percentage) will be (i) distributed as grants, and (ii) allocated to administration and advertising expenses.


Mr Gray: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) The Government allocated $40 million over four years from 2011-12 to 2014-15 for the T-QUAL Grants Program. Ministerial decisions were subsequently taken to: (1) reallocate $3.84 million to the Enterprise Connect Program - to extend the business support services provided under that program to tourism businesses nationally; and (2) reallocate $2.50 million to Tourism Australia - to fund three tourism online and China technology projects consistent with the policy objectives of the T-QUAL Grants Program. As a result of these decisions, funding for the T-QUAL Grants Program was reduced to $33.66 million over four years. A breakdown of funding allocated by year is provided in the table below.

Year

Funding ($m)

2011-12

6.947

2012-13

8.709

2013-14

8.004

2014-15

10.000

Total

33.660

 

(b) The Department expects all funds allocated for T-QUAL Grants will be fully expended.

(c) Three funding rounds will be completed for the T-QUAL Grants - Tourism Quality Projects. Eight projects have been advertised and awarded funding for T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grants (STIG) in 2011-12 and 2012-13. Further STIG projects are likely to be funded in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

(d) No.

(e) The Department estimates that around 93 per cent of T-QUAL Grants funds will be distributed as grants and around seven per cent of funds will be allocated to program administration, including advertising and staff costs.