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Monday, 26 March 2001
Page: 23038

Senator Robert Ray asked the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 29 January 2001:

(1) What is the total value of market research sought by the department and any agencies of the department for the 1999-2000 financial year.

(2) What was the purpose of each contract let.

(3) In each instance: (a) how many firms were invited to submit proposals; and (b) how many tender proposals were received.

(4) In each instance, which firm was selected to conduct the research.

(5) In each instance: (a) what was the estimated or contract price of the research work; and (b) what was the actual amount expended by the department of any agency of the department.

Senator Vanstone (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) (2) (4) (5)(b) The information is listed in the Annual Reports of the Department of Family and Community Services (which includes the Child Support Agency and CRS Australia); the Social Security Appeals Tribunal; Centrelink; and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

(3) (5) (a) The detailed information referred to in the honourable senator's question is not readily available in consolidated form. I am advised that to collect and assemble such information solely for the purpose of answering the honourable senator's question would be a major task and would cost in the order of $16,000. I am not prepared to authorise the expenditure of resources and effort that would be involved.