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Monday, 17 August 2009
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Senator Abetz asked the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, upon notice, on 29 May 2009:

(1)   Can a list be provided, by agency, of all infrastructure and/or capital works projects that fall under the responsibility of an agency within the Minister’s portfolio.

(2)   For each of the projects in (1) above:

(a)   When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;  

(b)   If applicable, what program is it funded through;

(c)   What is its total expected cost;

(d)   What was its original budget;

(e)   What is its current budget;

(f)   What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

(g)   What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

(h)   If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

(i)   What was the expected start date of construction;

(j)   What is the expected completion date;

(k)   and (i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(l)   Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

(m)   Why was the project funded; and

(n)   What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?


Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   Yes. For the purposes of answering this question, I have asked agencies in my Portfolio to identify significant infrastructure and capital works projects with a value of $5 million or greater.

(2)   The details for each project are as follows (note: all figures exclude GST):

 

QUESTION

ANSWER

A) Cooeenet@qld Project (the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (the Department))

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

31 July 2007; by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Arts; at the Townsville Hospital in Queensland.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$11,817,816

d

What was its original budget;

$11,817,816

e

What is its current budget;

$11,817,816

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$4,998,025

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

$6,774,791

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

e-Health Research Centre - $45,000

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

March 2008

j

What is the expected completion date;

31 March 2010

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) Queensland Department of Health

(ii) Funding released on satisfactory completion of milestones as reported in quarterly activity reports.

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2007-08

$7,521,949

2008-09

$3,579,793

2009-10

$716,074

m

Why was the project funded; and

The Cooeenet@qld project was funded to provide high capacity broadband services and applications to support health care and emergency services in remote North Queensland communities.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

B) E-Health for Remote Australia (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

30 August 2007; media release by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$ 5,570,246

d

What was its original budget;

$ 5,570,246

e

What is its current budget;

$ 5,570,246

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$ 2,719,091

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

Nil.

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

Royal Flying Doctor Service - $2,851,155

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

June 2008

j

What is the expected completion date;

30 June 2010

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.

(ii) N/A

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2007-08

$723, 636

2008-09

$2,077,519

2009-10

$2,769,091

m

Why was the project funded; and

The project will enable the implementation of electronic medical records for Royal Flying Doctor Service patients.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

C) Enhancement of Telehealth in Western Australia (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

30 August 2007; media release by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$ 6,301,200

d

What was its original budget;

$ 6,301,200

e

What is its current budget;

$ 6,301,200

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$ 3,052,700

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

$3,248,500

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

N/A

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

May 2008

j

What is the expected completion date;

30 June 2010

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) Western Australia Country Health Service.

(ii) Funding released on satisfactory completion of milestones as reported in quarterly activity reports.

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2007-08

$231,200

2008-09

$5,602,500

2009-10

$467,500

m

Why was the project funded; and

This infrastructure project was funded to extend and expand the Department of Health’s IP network infrastructure to deliver improved picture and sound quality to existing Telehealth services and provide interoperability with other broadband modes of communication including electronic medical records, pathology results and radiology images.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

D) Hunter New England Clinical Outreach (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

30 August 2007; media release by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$ 6,003,094

d

What was its original budget;

$ 6,003,094

e

What is its current budget;

$ 6,003,094

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$ 3,001,547

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

$3,001,547

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

N/A

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

March 2008

j

What is the expected completion date;

31 March 2010

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) Hunter New England Area Health Service

(ii) Funding released on satisfactory completion of milestones as reported in quarterly activity reports.

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2007-08

$854,043

2008-09

$5,149,051

m

Why was the project funded; and

To provide an additional 23 health facilities in the Hunter New England region of New South Wales with greater access to advanced clinical applications.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

E) The Learning Place Access Enhancement Project (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

30 July 2007; by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Arts, at the Edge Hill State School Environmental Centre, Cairns, Queensland.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$9,998,091 (The cost of infrastructure upgrades has reduced the contribution and funding to this current level)

d

What was its original budget;

$10,353,806

e

What is its current budget;

$9,998,091

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$4,871,058

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

$5,127,033

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

N/A

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

November 2007

j

What is the expected completion date;

31 December 2009

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) Department of Education, Training and the Arts

(ii) Funding released on satisfactory completion of milestones as reported in quarterly activity reports

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase

Year

Total

2007-08

$3,143,173

2008-09

$4,170,328

2009-10

$2,684,590

m

Why was the project funded; and

The project will result in 128 schools in rural and remote communities throughout Queensland having enhanced access to online activities and digital resources.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

F) Livewire (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

9 November 2007; media release by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$ 14,100,000

d

What was its original budget;

$ 14,100,000

e

What is its current budget;

$ 14,100,000

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$ 6,900,000

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

N/A

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

Starlight Children’s Foundation/NFPOnline, Life Lounge Pty Ltd and Tiger Spike Pty Ltd have collectively contributed $7,200,000.

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

June 2008

j

What is the expected completion date;

31 December 2009

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) Starlight Children’s Foundation/NFPOnline.

(ii) N/A

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2007-08

$2,690,639

2008-09

$7,591,606

2009-10

$3,817,755

m

Why was the project funded; and

To provide a virtual forum for young Australians with a chronic illness or disability in a safe and secure online environment

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

G) STARS (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

6 September 2007; project was formally launched by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Arts, at Northern Territory Open Education Centre, Rapid Creek.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$12,033,580

d

What was its original budget;

$12,033,580

e

What is its current budget;

$12,033,580

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$4,505,000

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

$7,195,080

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

Charles Darwin University - $333,500

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

July 2007

j

What is the expected completion date;

31 January 2010

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) Northern Territory Department of Employment and Education

(ii) Funding released on satisfactory completion of milestones as reported in quarterly activity reports.

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2007-08

$541,870

2008-09

$6,504,770

2009-10

$3,204,940

2010-11

$1,782,000

m

Why was the project funded; and

The project involves construction of a new satellite network to provide increased bandwidth for delivery of education and e-health services to remote communities and homesteads in the Northern Territory.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

H) Cooroy Knowledge Precinct (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

17 September 2007; media release by the Hon Warren Truss, MP, Federal Member for Wide Bay, Leader of the Nationals Party.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$5,468,122

d

What was its original budget;

$5,226,122

e

What is its current budget;

$5,468,122

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$1,155,500

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

N/A

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

Noosa Shire Council, Mach Technology and Allegro Pty Ltd are providing a combined contribution totalling $4,312,622.

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

May 2007

j

What is the expected completion date;

31 December 2009

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) Noosa Shire Council

(ii) N/A

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2007-08

$2,216,332

2008-09

$1,055,874

2009-10

$2,195,916

m

Why was the project funded; and

This project was funded to upgrade broadband infrastructure and service capabilities in the Noosa region to enhance its economic competitiveness and support the delivery of government services.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

I) Maroochy Shire Council Clever Networks project (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

7 September 2007; media release by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$6,297,941

d

What was its original budget;

$6,297,941

e

What is its current budget;

$6,297,941

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$2,901,686

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

N/A

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

Maroochy Shire Council, Allegro Pty Ltd, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Caloundra City Council and Reed Property Group co-committed $3,396,255 in cash and in-kind funding to the project.

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

November 2007

j

What is the expected completion date;

31 December 2009 (anticipated subject to final approval)

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) Maroochy Shire Council

(ii) N/A

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2006-07

$218,255

2007-08

$2,559,561

2008-09

$2,805,125

2009-10

$715,000

m

Why was the project funded; and

This project was funded to upgrade broadband infrastructure capability in the Maroochy region to enhance its economic competitiveness and support the delivery of government services.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

J) ShiresNet (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

30 August 2007; media release by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$21,293,525

d

What was its original budget;

$27,523,545

e

What is its current budget;

$21,293,525

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$6,365,545

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

$6,329,394

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

$8,598,586 (local government)

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

13 May 2008

j

What is the expected completion date;

15 April 2010

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) Northern Territory of Australia as represented by and acting through the Department of Local Government and Housing

(ii) Funding released on satisfactory completion of milestones as reported in quarterly activity reports.

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2007-08

$2,358,000

2008-09

$14,309,820

2009-10

$4,625,705

m

Why was the project funded; and

To deliver a shared computing and telecommunications management infrastructure and services environment to be owned and operated by the eight new shire councils in the Northern Territory.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

K) KnowledgeBank: Next Generation (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

9 November 2007; by media release by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$7,263,646.60

d

What was its original budget;

$7,263,646.60

e

What is its current budget;

$7,263,646.60

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$3,361,818.18

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

$3,901,828.42

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

N/A

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

31 March 2008

j

What is the expected completion date;

31 December 2009

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

(ii) Funding released on satisfactory completion of milestones as reported in quarterly activity reports.

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2007-08

$1,862,121.28

2008-09

$2,344,810.65

2009-10

$3,056,714.67

M

Why was the project funded; and

To deliver new internet tools and online content within a secure education network controlled by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and accessible only to students, staff and other authorised users within Victoria.

N

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

L) High Speed Broadband Infrastructure and Services for Murray Bridge, Berri and Port Pirie (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

14 May 2007; media release by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$5,039,736

d

What was its original budget;

$5,039,736

e

What is its current budget;

$5,039,736

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$2,321,110

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

$1,511,565

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

Agile/Internode; SA Water Corporation; SA Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board; SA Divisions of General Practice; Virtual Private Doctor; SA Postgraduate Medical Educational Association; and Murray Mallee Local Government Association are providing contributions totaling $1,207,061.

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

20 March 2008

j

What is the expected completion date;

4 December 2009

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) SA Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure

(ii) Funding released on satisfactory completion of milestones as reported in quarterly activity reports.

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2008-09

$2,962,784

2009-10

$2,076,952

m

Why was the project funded; and

To provide broadband technology which will improve communications between government agency sites (including Aboriginal Health clinics) and leverage broader local business and community benefits in the major South Australian regional centres of Berri, Murray Bridge and Port Pirie.

 

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

M) Connect Care (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

10 December 2008; by Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$11,207,802

d

What was its original budget;

$11,207,802

e

What is its current budget;

$11,207,802

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$5,600,000

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

N/A

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

Church Resources ($576,426), Ethan Group ($2,154,602), iCare Solutions ($319,880), Epicor Software ($1,241,775), Consult Point ($731,520), KPMG ($189,713), Telstra ($259,886) and contributions from churches and aged care facilities ($134,000).

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

October 2008

j

What is the expected completion date;

31 December 2009

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) Church Resources Pty Ltd

(ii) N/A

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2007-08

$1,352,310

2008-09

$5,344,167

2009-10

$4,511,325

m

Why was the project funded; and

The project assists small and medium regionally based aged care facilities to improve their level of care through broadband and technology.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

N) Emergency Connect WA (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

27 August 2007; jointly announced by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, and the Member for Sterling, Michael Keenan.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$31,058,598

d

What was its original budget;

$31,058,598

e

What is its current budget;

$31,058,598

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$5,000,000

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

$5,010,729

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

$21,047,869 contributions, including from Western Australian government agencies and emergency response services

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

16 November 2007

j

What is the expected completion date;

31 December 2009

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) Western Australian Government as represented by, and acting through, the Department of Industry and Resources.

(ii) Funding released on satisfactory completion of milestones as reported in quarterly activity reports.

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2007-08

$14,808,998

2008-09

$6,530,446

2009-10

$9,719,154

m

Why was the project funded; and

To deliver communications network infrastructure and a common network interface to Western Australian Emergency Service Organisations to enhance their operational capability, expand their network coverage and improve the delivery of emergency services in Western Australia.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

O) Bush Schools (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

28 August 2007; media release by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$ 12,138,534

d

What was its original budget;

$ 12,138,534

e

What is its current budget;

$ 12,138,534

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$ 4,139,740

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

$25,462

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

$ 7,973,332 contribution from Catholic Education Office of Western Australia (CEOWA); Association of Independent Schools of WA, and

Aboriginal Independent Community Schools.

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

September 2007

j

What is the expected completion date;

31 March 2010

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) Catholic Education Office of Western Australia (CEOWA)

(ii) N/A

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2007-08

$679,319

2008-09

$5,082,587

2009-10

$6,376,628

m

Why was the project funded; and

To deliver and manage increased ICT services in remote, rural and regional school communities in WA.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

P) Bush Medivac (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

30 August 2007; media release by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Clever Networks Program

c

What is its total expected cost;

$ 21,539,670

d

What was its original budget;

$ 21,539,670

e

What is its current budget;

$ 21,539,670

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

$ 9,279,986

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

$3,730,312

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

WA Departments of Health, Environment and Conservation, St John Ambulance, Royal Flying Doctor Service, and Surf Life Saving WA combined contribution is $8,529,372.

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

August 2008

j

What is the expected completion date;

30 June 2010

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(i) WA Department of Industry and Resources -Minister for Industry and Enterprise.

(ii) Funding released on satisfactory completion of milestones as reported in quarterly activity reports.

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Year

Total

2007-08

$250,000

2008-09

$5,032,808

2009-10

$16,256,862

m

Why was the project funded; and

To improve the communication network used for delivery of services by health and emergency service agencies/ volunteer organisations in rural and remote Western Australia.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A competitive process was undertaken to determine funding recipients, which included: a public call for submissions; assessment of submissions according to set selection criteria; independent financial and technical advice; and comments from other agencies.

Q) Installation of community telephones (the Department)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

23 February 2007; media release by Senator the Hon Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts; and additional funding announced on 5 March 2009; media release by Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Connect Australia - Backing Indigenous Ability Program; and Indigenous Communications Program.

c

What is its total expected cost;

$21.971m

d

What was its original budget;

$11.92m

e

What is its current budget;

$21.971m

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

All expenditure under the program will be funded by the Commonwealth.

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

Nil.

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

Nil.

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

Installation of additional community phones commenced in 2008-09.

j

What is the expected completion date;

30 June 2013.

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

The Department.

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

The installation of community phones is undertaken on a community by community basis and will be ongoing until June 2013.

m

Why was the project funded; and

The project provides basic telephone services to remote Indigenous communities which are not eligible to receive public payphone services under the Universal Service Obligation.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

A trial of community phone services was conducted between 2005 and 2007 where 216 services were installed in 125 remote communities in NT and WA. An evaluation of the trial in December 2006, following the installation of the last community phone, found that the concept was successful and made recommendations to make the phones more robust. These modifications were completed in 2007-08.

R) National Broadband Network (the Department). The rollout of a National Broadband Network for Australia will first commence in Tasmania. The Government will also commence a Regional Backbone Blackspots program as part of the roll-out of the National Broadband Network.

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

7 April 2009; by the Prime Minister, the Treasurer, the Minister for Finance and Deregulation and the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. A press conference was held and a media release was issued.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

The Government’s contribution to the National Broadband Network will be funded from the Building Australia Fund and Australian Infrastructure Bonds.

c

What is its total expected cost;

$43 billion over 8 years, to be funded by the public and private sectors.

d

What was its original budget;

$43 billion over 8 years.

e

What is its current budget;

As per the 2009-10 Budget Measures, Budget Paper No. 2, the Government’s initial investment will be $4.7 billion over three years.

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

To be determined as part of the Government’s consideration of the Implementation Study.

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

Unknown at this time.

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

Private sector funding will be sought to invest in the company established to build and operate a new National Broadband Network. Strategies to maximise private sector investment will be investigated as part of the Implementation Study which will report in early 2010.

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

Construction of the network will commence in the first half of 2009-10.

j

What is the expected completion date;

Rollout is expected to take 8 years.

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

The company established to build and operate a new National Broadband Network will be responsible for delivering the project.

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

The rollout will be phased. The Tasmania element will commence first. Negotiations are currently in progress. Projects under the $250 million Regional Backbone Blackspots Program are expected to commence in the first half of 2009-10.

The phasing and associated costs for the full rollout will be developed as part of the Implementation Study.

m

Why was the project funded; and

The Government’s National Broadband Network policy was a key election commitment. The Government is now following through and exceeding that commitment.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

Costings were developed in consultation with and validated by the Department of Finance and Deregulation. The Government has commenced the process to undertake a detailed Implementation Study that will include business case modelling.

S) Studio Automation (ABC)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

Capital projects are approved by ABC Board and are not generally publically announced.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Funding is through ABC appropriations.

c

What is its total expected cost;

$14.020m

d

What was its original budget;

$14.020m

e

What is its current budget;

$14.020m

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

Funding is through ABC appropriations

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

NIL

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

NIL

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

March 2008

j

What is the expected completion date;

December 2010

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

ABC

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

N/A

m

Why was the project funded; and

Capital projects are approved by ABC Board based on organisational needs.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

All capital projects prior to release of funds are supported by an appropriate level business case.

T) Archive Conversion Project (ABC)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

Capital projects are approved by ABC Board and are not generally publically announced.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Funding is through ABC appropriations

c

What is its total expected cost;

$10.720m

d

What was its original budget;

$10.720m

e

What is its current budget;

$10.720m

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

Funding is through ABC appropriations.

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

NIL

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

NIL

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

September 2003

j

What is the expected completion date;

June 2009

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

ABC

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

N/A

m

Why was the project funded; and

Capital projects are approved by ABC Board based on organisational needs.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

All capital projects prior to release of funds are supported by an appropriate level business case.

U) News & Current Affairs Non Linear editing replacement (ABC)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

Capital projects are approved by ABC Board and are not generally publically announced.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Funding is through ABC appropriations.

c

What is its total expected cost;

$10.000m

d

What was its original budget;

$10.000m

e

What is its current budget;

$10.000m

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

Funding is through ABC appropriations.

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

NIL

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

NIL

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

October 2006

j

What is the expected completion date;

August 2009

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

ABC

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

N/A

m

Why was the project funded; and

Capital projects are approved by ABC Board based on organisational needs.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

All capital projects prior to release of funds are supported by an appropriate level business case.

V) Apollo Network (ABC)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

Capital projects are approved by ABC Board and are not generally publically announced.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Funding is through ABC appropriations.

c

What is its total expected cost;

$8.800m

d

What was its original budget;

$8.800m

e

What is its current budget;

$8.800m

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

Funding is through ABC appropriations.

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

NIL

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

NIL

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

October 2008

j

What is the expected completion date;

March 2010

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

ABC

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

N/A

m

Why was the project funded; and

Capital projects are approved by ABC Board based on organisational needs.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

All capital projects prior to release of funds are supported by an appropriate level business case.

W) National Storage and Editing System for Production and News & Current Affairs (ABC)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

Capital projects are approved by ABC Board and are not generally publically announced.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

Funding is through ABC appropriations.

c

What is its total expected cost;

$6.850m

d

What was its original budget;

$6.850m

e

What is its current budget;

$6.850m

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

Funding is through ABC appropriations.

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

NIL

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

NIL

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

October 2006

j

What is the expected completion date;

June 2009

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

ABC

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

N/A

m

Why was the project funded; and

Capital projects are approved by ABC Board based on organisational needs.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

All capital projects prior to release of funds are supported by an appropriate level business case.

X) TV Presentation and Playout Project (SBS)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

April 2008; by Director, Technology and Distribution to SBS Board.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

N/A

c

What is its total expected cost;

$9.500m

d

What was its original budget;

$9.500m

e

What is its current budget;

$9.500m

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

From Digital capital appropriation.

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

N/A

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

N/A

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

N/A

j

What is the expected completion date;

October 2009

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

i) Harris Systems and SBS

ii) N/A

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Main TV Presentation and Playout:

Year

Total

Jul 08 to Mar 09

$7.300m

Disaster Recovery TV Presentation and Playout:

Year

Total

Mar 09 - Oct 09

$2.200m

m

Why was the project funded; and

Replacement of legacy technology.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

Full cost benefit analysis conducted prior to signoff.

Y) Non Linear Newsroom and Sports System (SBS)

a

When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

December 2008; by Director, Technology and Distribution to SBS Board.

b

If applicable, what program is it funded through;

N/A

c

What is its total expected cost;

$7.280m

d

What was its original budget;

$7.280m

e

What is its current budget;

$7.280m

f

What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

From Digital capital appropriation.

g

What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

N/A

h

If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

N/A

i

What was the expected start date of construction;

August 2009

j

What is the expected completion date;

December 2009

k

(i) who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

i) Harris Systems and SBS

ii) N/A

l

Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

Refurbish Newsroom Accommodation:

Year

Total

Aug to Dec 09

$3.780m

System Installation:

Year

Total

Aug - May 09

$3.500m

m

Why was the project funded; and

Replace legacy technologies and introduce more efficient production technologies.

n

What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved?

Full cost benefit analysis conducted prior to signoff.