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Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Page: 1552


Senator Milne asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 13 October 2010:

(1)   Have evaluations of the Tasmanian Forestry Industry Development Program, the Tasmanian Softwood Industry Development Program and the Tasmanian Country Sawmills Assistance Program, auspiced under the Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement (TCFA) and foreshadowed by the department in response to a question taken on notice (CC 16) during the 2009 supplementary budget estimates hearing of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee, been completed; if so: was the success criteria listed in Table 2.1 (p. 44) of the Australian National Audit Office report no. 26 of 2007-08, Tasmanian Forest Industry Development and Assistance Programs: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (the report), used for the evaluations.

(2)   What performance indicators were used to assess whether these success criteria were achieved, both by individual grantees and each program as a whole.

(3) (a)   If the success criteria referenced in (1) were not used, why not; and (b) what criteria were used to assess the success of the three programs.

(4)   Regardless of the criteria used, can the full outcomes for each program identified by the evaluation be provided.

(5)   Did the program evaluations use the available data sources to measure program effectiveness as listed in Appendix 2 of the report.

(6)   If the data sources referenced in (5) were used in the program evaluations, what outcomes do these data sources demonstrate in relation to the success of each program in achieving:

(a)   continuing development of a sustainable, efficient and value adding forest and forest products industry; and

(b)   assistance to the forest industry to adjust to changes in the wood resource mix arising from the TCFA.

(7)   In relation to each grantee assessed as part of program evaluations, what outcomes do these data sources demonstrate in terms of:

(a)   the increased efficiency of the grantee’s operations;

(b)   the increase in value adding to production of the grantee’s operations; and

(c)   the adjustment made to changes in the resource mix arising from the TCFA of the grantee’s operations.

(8)   If the review by the department and Tasmanian officials of the three programs has not used the ‘available data sources to measure program effectiveness’ as listed in Appendix 2 of the report; why not.

(9)   For each of the three programs, how many:

(a)   businesses were assisted;

(b)   jobs were maintained; and

(c)   jobs were created, and subsequently maintained.

(10)   For each of the three programs:

(a)   what was the total value of the grant assistance provided; and

(b)   what was the monetary value of new investment in forestry industries leveraged by the grant assistance provided.

(11)   For each business or organisation assisted in each program, how many jobs were maintained, and created and maintained, as a result of the grant assistance provided by the relevant program.

(12)   If the review by the department and Tasmanian officials of the three programs has not yet been completed, when will it be completed and made publicly available.


Senator Ludwig (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   The evaluations are being undertaken by Ernst & Young and are scheduled to be completed during December 2010. The success criteria listed in Table 2.1 (p. 44) of the Australian National Audit Office report no. 26 of 2007-08, Tasmanian Forest Industry Development and Assistance Programs: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry have been enhanced in the framework for the evaluation. The performance component of the evaluation is assessing how the Industry Development Program has impacted on: - wood processing capacity - sawlog recovery rates (including separate assessment of the level of use of old-growth logs, native forest regrowth, and hardwood and softwood plantation grown logs) - timber processing efficiency - harvesting and haulage - production levels, by market segment - introduction of new technologies - the development of new forest products - development of new markets - direct and indirect investment in the industry - direct and indirect employment - export competitiveness - safety and efficiency of harvesting and haulage operations - environmental impacts of forest operations on sawmill operators - silvicultural management - cooperation, collaboration and strategic alliances among industry participants. The audit component is examining the files of all projects funded under the Program, assessing the compliance of each project with the conditions of its grant deed and identifying any shortcomings.

(2)   See answer to (1) above.

(3) (a)   and (b) See answer to (1) above.

(4)   The Australian and Tasmanian governments have agreed to publish the results of the evaluations.

(5)   The evaluation will use available data sources as listed in Appendix 2.

(6) (a)   and (b) See answer to (1) above.

(7) (a)   to-(c) See answer to (1) above.

(8)   See answer to (5) above.

(9) (a)   to (c) See answer to (1) above.

(10)   (a) and (b) See answer to (1) above.

(11)   See answer to (1) above.

(12)   The evaluation is scheduled to be completed during December 2010 and will be published early in 2011.