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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2386

(Question No. 4643)


Mr Slipper asked the Minister for Arts, Heri- tage and Environment, upon notice, on 22 September 1986:

(1) What funds were allocated to (a) the Australia Council for (i) community arts, (ii) crafts, (iii) design arts, (iv) literature, (v) music, (vi) theatre, (vii) visual arts, (viii) education and the arts, (ix) multicultural arts, (x) art and working life, (xi) film and (xii) local government sections, (b) grants to voluntary conservation organisations, (c) National Estate grants and (d) National Tree schemes in (i) 1982-83, (ii) 1983-84, (iii) 1984-85 and (iv) 1985-86, respectively.

(2) What (a) amount and (b) proportion of funds are allocated to projects to be undertaken in Queensland in each of these years.

(3) How were the funds allocated to each scheme each year and by which bodies administered.

(4) How were decisions on the allocation of funds for projects under each scheme each year made and which bodies made these decisions.

(5) What projects were funded under each scheme each year in the Electoral Division of Fisher and (a) what was the principal purpose of the grant, (b) which individual or group received the grant, and (c) what was the amount of the grant.

(6) What projects were denied funding under each scheme in each year in the Electoral Division of Fisher and (a) what was the principal purpose of the grant sought, (b) which individual or group applied for the grant, (c) what was the amount of grant sought and (d) what was the reason for refusing funding for the application.

(7) How does funding for projects in the Electoral Division of Fisher under these schemes in each year compare on a per capita basis with funding for projects under the schemes in the Electoral Divisions of (a) Bowman, (b) Rankin, (c) Leichhardt, (d) Herbert, (e) Oxley, (f) Capricornia, (g) Griffith, (h) Brisbane and (i) Lilley.

(8) How were applications sought for grants under each scheme in each year and when were such applications sought.

(9) Was any advertising undertaken to alert residents of the Electoral Division of Fisher to the existence of these schemes.

(10) Will he ensure that, in future, comprehensive information concerning grant availability and eligibility under these schemes is drawn to the attention of local government bodies, community groups and residents in the Electoral Division of Fisher; if not, why not.

(11) If so, (a) how and (b) when will the information be provided.


Mr Cohen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

In replying to this question I am conscious of the considerable resource cost which would have been involved in obtaining all the detailed information sought together with the Government's commitment to containing public expenditure and to sensible use of resources. I have therefore provided information only where the cost of obtaining the information is considered a reasonable use of resources. I have indicated in my reply those parts of the question I consider would have involved undue and inappropriate use of resources.

(A)

1982-83

(B)

1983-84

(C)

1984-85

(D)

1985-86

$

$

$

$

(1) (a) Australia Council

(i)

Community Arts...

2 535 969

2 881 323

3 247 814

3 219 01

(ii)

Crafts...

1 452 825

1 674 738

1 956 386

2 058 792

(iii)

Design Arts (Committee)...

145 052

257 769

517 542

589 763

(iv)

Literature...

2 051 761

2 370 625

2 645 370

2 885 783

(v)

Music...

8 547 247

9 832 093

10 422 442

11 392 829

(vi)

Theatre...

9 694 686

10 926 469

11 769 746

12 442 764

(vii)

Visual Arts...

1 639 664

1 961 425

2 126 171

2 309 273

(viii)

Education and the Arts [1]...

. .

. .

. .

. .

(ix)

Multicultural Arts [2]...

250 000

325 000

1 030 000

1 144 000

(x)

Art and Working Life [2]...

140 000

245 000

830 000

899 000

(xi)

Film [3]...

. .

. .

. .

. .

(xii)

Local Government [3]...

. .

. .

. .

. .

(b) Grants to Voluntary Conservation Organisations...

360 000

640 000

850 000

945 000

(c) National Estate Grants...

2 200 000

2 770 000

2 910 000

3 050 000

(d) National Tree schemes...

500 000

500 000

520 000

600 000

[1] There is no specific program for education and the arts. The programs of all eight artform Boards have an educational component and a proportion of the expenditure under the Board programs is specifically designated for Youth Arts which includes education activities. The expenditure on Youth Arts was as follows: 1982-83, $99 618; 1983-84, $220 000; 1984-85, $1 230 000; 1985-86, $1 345 000.

[2] These items have been included in Board expenditure figures.

[3] There is no specific allocation under the headings, `Film' and `Local Government'. Expenditure on these would be included under the general heading of Council Programs (including Arts, Information, International Policy and Research etc.). Expenditure on Council Programs was as follows: 1982-83, $1 056 051; 1983-84, $969 720; 1984-85, $2 906 348; 1985-86, $2 537 000.

1982-83

(a)

(b)

1983-84

(a)

(b)

1984-85

(a)

(b)

1985-86

(a)

(b)

$

%

$

%

$

%

$

%

(2) (a) Australia Council (excluding national organisations)...

1 369 913

4.7

1 738 483

5.3

2 260 396

6.0

2 587 869

6.1

(b) Grants to Voluntary Conservation Organisations...

40 500

11.57

93 000

14.31

126 215

14.85

137 500

14.55

(c) National Estate Grants...

330 000

16.7

416 666

16.7

437 500

16.7

458 333

16.7

(d) National Tree schemes...

42 000

8.5

41 000

8.2

49 000

9.4

50 000

8.3

(3) (a) Australia Council: One-line Budget appropriation to the Australian Council disbursed annually by Council to each of the eight artform boards; funds are administered by the Australia Council.

(b) Grants to Voluntary Conservation Organisations: Annual Budget appropriation disbursed at the Minister's discretion; funds are administered by the Department of Arts, Heritage and Environment.

(c) National Estate Grants: Annual Budget appropriation disbursed according to a program approved by the Minister in consultation with the relevant Minister in each State/Territory; funds for projects in Queensland are administered by the Queensland Department of Arts, National Parks and Sport.

(d) National Tree schemes: Annual Budget appropriation; in Queensland funds are administered by the Queensland National Tree Program Coordinating Committee.

(4) (a) Australia Council: Assessed by relevant Boards with reference to objectives and program criteria established by Council on advice from the Boards within their specific artforms.

(b) Grants to Voluntary Conservation Organisations: Assessed by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment with reference to objectives and guidelines of the Grants Program.

(c) National Estate Grants: Approved by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment in consultation with the Queensland Minister for Tourism, National Parks, Sport and the Arts, for projects in Queensland with reference to criteria published in a brochure `National Estate Grants Program'.

(d) National Tree schemes: Assessed by the Queensland National Tree Program Coordinating Committee against criteria established by the National Tree Program Coordinating Committee.

(5) (a) Australia Council:

1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85-The detailed information sought is not readily available and I am not prepared to authorise the resource costs required to obtain it.

1985-86

Crafts Board

(a)

(b)

(c)

To purchase pottery wheel and kiln

Maleny Arts and Crafts Group

$1,086

(b) Grants to Voluntary Conservation Organisations: No specific grants were funded during the period 1982-83 to 1985-86 although there were a range of general projects in Queensland, some of which may have fallen within this area.

(c) National Estate Grants: No specific grants were funded during the period 1982-83 to 1985-86 although there were a range of general projects in Queensland, some of which may have fallen within this area.

(d) National Tree schemes: Projects are run by relevant State/Territory Committees and the detailed information sought is not held by the Commonwealth.

(6) (a) Australia Council: As a matter of policy in order to protect the privacy and/or business affairs of the individual or organisation concerned, the Council does not disclose names or details of unsuccessful applicants. Non-specific details of grants requested and not approved are not readily available.

(b) Grants to Voluntary Conservation Organisations: For these years, no specific projects were denied funding under this scheme in the Electoral Division of Fisher.

(c) National Estate Grants: Arrangements under the National Estates Grants Program give the responsibility for developing a program to be recommended to the Minister to the State/Territory governments. Details of individual unsuccessful applications in Queensland are not held by the Commonwealth.

(d) National Tree schemes: Under the National Tree Program, State/Territory Committees have responsibility for administration of projects. Details of individual applications in Queensland are the responsibility of the Queensland National Tree Program Coordinating Committee and are not held by the Commonwealth.

(7) (a) Australia Council: The detailed information sought is not readily available and I am not prepared to authorise the resource cost involved.

(b) Grants to Voluntary Conservation Organisations: The detailed information sought is not readily available and I am not prepared to authorise the resource cost involved.

(c) National Estates Grants: Administration of individual projects is the responsibility of the relevant State/Territory authority and the detailed information sought is not held by the Commonwealth.

(d) National Tree schemes: Administration of individual projects is the responsibility of relevant State/Territory Committees and the detailed information sought is not held by the Commonwealth.

(8) (a) Australia Council: All Boards of Council advertise their programs of assistance and call for applications at least once a year. These advertisements appear in the national and ethnic press. Programs of assistance are also advertised through quarterly advertisements in regional newspapers.

In addition, Directors and project staff, within time and budget limitations, hold interviews in each State to discuss grant applications and provide information and advice to applicants on specific programs of assistance offered in their artform.

The Council's toll free line has also provided accessibility to grant information and its Boards.

(b) Grants to Voluntary Conservation Organisations: Applications are called in July/August each year. Guidelines and application forms are posted to known conservation groups.

(c) National Estate Grants: Circular letters and application forms are distributed in about May each year to all bodies which are eligible for funding under the National Estate Grants Program, including-

State/Territory government departments and authorities;

local government bodies;

National Trusts;

academic institutions;

professional and community organisations, including voluntary conservation bodies.

In addition, the Queensland Department of Arts, National Parks and Sport invites applications by placing advertisements in all national and Brisbane press as well as all ``provincial'' newspapers. These advertisements are placed in early April and again in late April/early May. Applications for grants close on 30 June each year.

(d) National Tree schemes: Advertisements for grants appear in rural, State and national newspapers each year. The timing of advertisements and selection of media coverage varies from State to State and are arranged by relevant State/Territory National Tree Program Coordinating Committees.

(9) Advertising was not undertaken specifically in relation to the Electoral Division of Fisher, nor in respect of any electorate; nevertheless the national and regional press coverage (see (8)) is designed to alert as wide a population as possible to the existence of these programs of grants.

(10) and (11) Comprehensive information has been and will continue to be provided in terms of (8) above.