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Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Page: 8851

Mr Hunt asked the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, in writing, on 18 June 2012:

Does the Government have any plans to help assist and maintain the Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities: Training if so, what is the plan; if not, why not.

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

The Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems (ACE) Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is currently operating in its fourth and final funding term. Under the CRC program guidelines, this is the final term of funding for which the ACE CRC is eligible. No future plans have been announced for the ACE CRC beyond its current funding period.

The future of a CRC after the CRC program is a decision for the CRC and its participant organisations. The Department provides advice to support CRCs to develop options to transition from the program.