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Wednesday, 9 December 1998
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Mr Latham asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, upon notice, on 11 November 1998:

(1) What measures has the Minister's Department undertaken which are categorised as positive discrimination programs, that is, providing preference to certain citizens on the basis of their gender, sexuality, age, race, place of birth or some other personal characteristic.

(2) What are the details and funding commitments involved in each case.


Mr Moore (Defence) —The Minister for Industry, Science and Resources has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) The Department of Industry, Science and Resources presently participates in two centrally run programs which are categorised as positive discrimination programs.

(a) the Indigenous Cadetship Program, administered by the Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business (DEWRSB); and

(b) the Senior Women In Management development program administered by the Public Service and Merit Protection Commission.

(2) The details and funding commitments involved in each case are as follows:

(a) Indigenous Cadetship Program

In 1991 the Federal Government endorsed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Recruitment and Career Development Program which includes the Indigenous Cadetship Program. The Indigenous Cadetship Program was established to provide for the recruitment and training of indigenous people for professional careers in the APS. The program provides cadetships for full-time academic study in an approved tertiary course. Cadets are also required to participate in a program of employment placements within the employing agency during the summer break. Cadets must be enrolled in an approved undergraduate degree course at an Australian tertiary institution.

The program is overseen by DEWRSB and responsibilities for the administration of the program and the monitoring of cadets are shared between DEWRSB and ISR.

Currently, the department is employing 2 cadets under the program. ISR provides salary for the cadets during their work placements. Accommodation and expenses for cadets from interstate are also met by ISR during the work placement.

(b) Senior Women in Management (SWIM) Development Program

The Senior Women in Management Program is a management development program designed and administered by the Public Service and Merit Protection Commission to significantly enhance the skills, abilities and knowledge of high achieving senior women.

The SWIM Program consists of three placements of three to four months duration within government agencies and private companies. Participants are required to complete coursework throughout the Program.

Currently there are two ISR officers on the Program. The Department provides salary and course fees for both women.