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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4777


Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Services and Property, upon notice:

(1)   What programs does his Department or statutory authorities under his control administer which enable individual groups or people in the community to apply for grants from the Australian Government for a specific purpose.

(2)   What is the name of each program.

(3)   What is the purpose of each program.

(4)   What are the conditions surrounding eligibility for a grant under each program.

(   5 ) When did each program commence

(6)   What is the legal authority for the existence of each program.

(7)   How is the community informed of the existence of each program, and its entitlement to apply for a grant.

(8)   How many applications for grants under each program have been received in each of the last 3 years or for the period of operation of the program if it has been in operation less than 3 years.

(9)   Who decides which applications for grants should be accepted.

(10)   What percentage of applications for grants under each program has been successful in each of the last 3 years or in each of the years in which the program has been operating if it has been in operation for less than 3 years.

(11)   What proportion of total funds allocated under each program in each of the last 3 years, or in each year the program has been operating where it has been in operation for less than 3 years, has been allocated to individuals as against groups.

(12)   Are any attempts made to assess the extent to which the widest cross-section of the community is aware of the existence of the program, and the means by which applications can be submitted; if so, what attempts.

(13)   What checks are made once applications are received for each program to determine if the attempts to widen access to the funds have been successful.

(   14) Is he confident that the widest cross-section of the community is aware of the existence of the programs, and is aware of the application process.

(15)   What procedures exist to assess the use to which the grants are being put, and to attempt some accountability for the money granted.

(16)   What is the total amount that has been paid out under each program in each of the last 3 years or in each year of the operation of the program if it has been operating for less than 3 years.

(   17) What is the total amount of money paid out for all such programs administered by his Department or authorities under his control.

(18)   What attempts are made to ensure that the same individual organisations or persons do not receive several grants under different programs which he or other Ministers are responsible for and which, when added together, may be unwarranted.


Mr Daly - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Neither my Department nor the Australian Electoral Office administers any programs which enable individual groups or people in the community to apply for grants from the Australian Government for a specific purpose.

(2)   to (18)See (1)above







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