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Tuesday, 20 April 1999
Page: 3951


Senator Robert Ray asked the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 8 March 1999:

What was the total cost of the Australian Electoral Commission's Electoral Education Centres in Canberra and Melbourne.


Senator Ellison (Special Minister of State) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The Canberra Electoral Education Centre (EEC) commenced operation in 1986 in a leased wing of the Lyons Primary School. Since that time the Centre has been progressively upgraded from what was effectively several converted classrooms to what is now an EEC that has attracted international best-practice recognition. Since the opening of the Canberra EEC there have been four major capital costs incurred totalling approximately $1,100,000. These costs comprised the initial conversion into an EEC, a major refurbishment, the development and installation of the current audio-visual program, and the development and installation of a touchscreen computer system. The total running cost for the 1998/99 financial year, including rent, salaries and resource materials, is estimated at $474,000 (this amount includes one abnormal item—$50,000 for touchscreen computer system updates for the 1998 Federal election)

The Melbourne EEC was relocated from South Melbourne to the central business district in 1997. The capital cost of the new Melbourne EEC was $1,000,000. The total running cost for the 1998/99 financial year, including rent, salaries and resource materials, is estimated at $297,000.