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Tuesday, 15 August 2006
Page: 119


Senator Chris Evans asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, upon notice, on 22 June 2006:

(1) (a)   Are the tender processes for Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) contracts competitive-based; (b) on what criteria are the tenders assessed; and (c) is price a key factor in awarding a contract.

(2)   Are organisations seeking CDEP contracts given preference over other applicants if they: (a) are Indigenous community-run; (b) provide culturally-appropriate service; (c) have a sound governance structure and management; (d) already run CDEP; and (e) currently support incubating businesses using CDEP participants.

(3)   Please list CDEP providers who have been advised that they will no longer administer CDEP from 1 July 2006.

(4)   For each of the above CDEP providers: (a) what is the name of the organisation which has picked up that contract; and (b) on what basis was the change made.

(5)   How many Job Network Agencies serviced Indigenous communities in the financial years: (a) 2004-05; and (b) 2005-06, please indicate the number of physical sites.


Senator Abetz (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Allocation of contracts for the CDEP programme was through a competitive funding process. For 2006-07 the Department assessed all applications for CDEP funding against published evaluation criteria. The evaluation criteria used were: •       Demonstrated need for CDEP activities and the benefits to the participants and the community. •       Demonstrated capacity of the organisation to effectively deliver a funding programme. •       Demonstrated organisational standards of governance and conduct to effectively deliver the CDEP programme. •       Demonstrated financial viability and acceptable risk assessment. Price is not a key factor in awarding a contract.

(2)   All organisations were assessed against the evaluation criteria.

(3)   See Attachment A.

(4)   See Attachment A. All organisations were assessed against the evaluation criteria.

(5)   Indigenous Australians are assisted by all 1065 Job Network sites across the country as part of their general employment services.

Attachment A

Current CDEP organisations that will not be funded in 2006-07.

Organisation

Comment

Armidale Employment Aboriginal Corporation

Services will be delivered by Tablelands Community Employment and Training Incorporated.

Cape York Corporation Pty Ltd

Services will be delivered by Ambiilmungu-Ngarra Aboriginal Corporation.

CCIT Aboriginal Services Pty Limited

Services will be delivered by its two constituent parts Paupiyala Tjaruta Aboriginal Corporation and Upurl Upurlila Ngurratja Incorporated.

Dubbo Googars Aboriginal Corporation

Services will be delivered by Joblink Plus Limited, Birrang Enterprise Development Company Limited and Uambi CDEP Aboriginal Corporation.

East Gippsland A.C.D.E.P. Co-operative Limited

Services will be delivered by Mission Australia, Workways Association and Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation.

Ellimatta Housing Aboriginal Corporation

Services will be delivered by Murdi Paaki Regional CDEP.

Engawala Community Inc

Services will be delivered by the Anmtjere Community Government Council

Gumatj Association Incorporated

Services will be delivered by the Marngarr Community Government Council.

Gungarde Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation

Remote services will be delivered by Cairns Regional CDEP and participants in Cooktown will access mainstream employment services.

Gurungu Council Aboriginal Corporation

Services will be delivered by Elliot District Community Government Council.

Injinoo Aboriginal Shire Council

Services will be delivered by Community Enterprise Australia.

Kuku Djungan Aboriginal Corporation

Services will be delivered by Mareeba Shire Job Training Association Incorporated and Cairns Regional CDEP.

Laramba Community Incorporated

Services will be delivered by the Anmtjere Community Government Council.

Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council

Services will be delivered by Jobfind Centres Australia Pty Limited.

Many Rivers Administrative and Legal Services Ltd

Services will be delivered by Yarrawarra CDEP.

Mapoon Aboriginal Council

Services will be delivered by Community Enterprise Australia.

Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation

Docker River participants will be serviced by Ntaria Council Inc. Alternative arrangements being negotiated for Mutitjulu and Imanpa communities.

Nalta Ruwe Aboriginal Corporation

Services will be delivered by the Aboriginal Corporation of Employment and Training Development.

Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council

Services will be delivered by Community Enterprise Australia.

Ninti Corporate Services Pty Ltd

Services will be delivered by Anilalya Homelands Council Aboriginal Corporation.

Northern United Aboriginal CDEP Co-operative Association

Services will be delivered by Budja Budja Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd. for most participants. Mildura participants will have services delivered by Active Employment Specialists and MADEC. Bendigo, Swan Hill and Kerang based participants will access mainstream employment services.

Nyampa Aboriginal Corporation

Services will be delivered by Murdi Paaki Regional CDEP.

Nyapari Community Incorported

Services will be delivered by Murputja Homelands Council.

Oombulgurri Association Inc

Services will be delivered by Joorook Ngarni Aboriginal Corporation.

Pilbara Meta Maya Regional Aboriginal Corporation

Services will be delivered by Hedland Regional CDEP and Western Desert Puntukurnuparna Aboriginal Corporation.

RIO CDEP Aboriginal Corporation

Services will be delivered by Buyinbin Aboriginal Corporation.

Southern Barkly Aboriginal Corporation

Services will be delivered by Alpurrurulam Community Government Council.

Wallaga Lake CDEP Aboriginal Corporation.

Services will be delivered by Oasis Pre-Employment Network Inc.

Warrana Aboriginal Corporation Employment and Training Development

Services will be delivered by Birrang Enterprise Development Company Ltd.

Western Queensland Regional CDEP

Services will be delivered by Mount Isa Skills.

Wheatbelt Aboriginal Corporation

Services will be delivered by Kaata-Koorliny Employment and Enterprise Development Aboriginal Corporation (KEEDAC).

Yunyarinyi Community Inc.

Services will be delivered by Mimili Community Inc.