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Monday, 26 May 2003
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Ms Grierson asked the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, upon notice, on 13 February 2003:

(1) Does the Minister's Department administer any Commonwealth funded programs for which community organisations, businesses or individuals in the electoral division of Newcastle can apply for funding; if so, what are the programs.

(2) Does the Minister's Department advertise these funding opportunities; if so, (a) what print or other media outlets have been used for the advertising of each of these programs and (b) were these paid advertisements.

(3) With respect to each of the Commonwealth funded programs referred to in part (1), (a) what is its purpose and (b) who is responsible for allocating funds.

(4) With respect to each of the Commonwealth funded programs referred to in part (1), how many (a) community organisations, (b) businesses or (c) individuals in the electoral division of Newcastle received funding in 2001 and 2002.

(5) What sum of Commonwealth funding did each recipient receive in 2001 and 2002.

(6) What is the name and address of each recipient.


Mr Abbott (Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes the department has provided funded programmes for which community organisations, businesses or individuals in the electoral division of Newcastle can apply for funding. These programmes are the :

· Indigenous Employment Programme ,

· Indigenous Small Business Fund;

· Employee Entitlements Support Scheme (EESS);

· General Employee Entitlements & Redundancy Scheme (GEERS);

· Special Employee Entitlements Scheme for Ansett group employees (SEESA)

· Work for the Dole

Q2 (a) and (b) The Indigenous Employment Policy and specific elements under the Policy including Wage Assistance, the National Indigenous Cadetship Project and Indigenous Community Volunteers, have primarily been advertised by the department in the print media. Paid advertising has been undertaken in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, industry bulletins such as Australian Transport News, Australian Cane Growers Monthly and Australian Mining and Indigenous newspapers and magazines including the National Indigenous Times, Koori Mail, Deadly Vibe, Black Business and Indivine. The Indigenous Employment Policy and programmes are also featured on the www.workplace.gov.au Internet site. Brochures and other promotional material are also produced.

The EESS, GEERS and SEESA Schemes are all advertised on the departmental web-site. The Special Employee Entitlements Scheme for Ansett group employees (SEESA) has paid for advertisements in a national newspaper (Daily Telegraph (20 September 2001)) and quarterly in The Australian Insolvency Journal.

The department has contracted Community Work Coordinators (CWCs) to develop and manage Work for the Dole activities. CWCs employ a range of methods to encourage community and government organisations to sponsor Work for the Dole places. For the purpose of advertising specialised drought force activities under Work for the Dole, in response to the drought, the department placed advertisements in the regional press. The cost of advertising in the Newcastle Herald during December 2002, January 2003 and February 2003 was $3,200.

(3) (a) and (b) The purpose of the Indigenous Employment Policy is to improve the employment circumstances and future prospects of Australian Indigenous peoples by generating sustainable employment opportunities. The department's national and state offices allocate funds under the Indigenous Employment Policy following assessment of applications and project proposals.

EESS provides safety-net payments for eligible claimants who have had their employment terminated between 1 January 2000 and 11 September 2001 due to their employer's insolvency or bankruptcy and are owed outstanding employee entitlements. GEERS provides safety-net payments for eligible claimants who have had their employment terminated on or after 12 September 2001 due to their employer's insolvency or bankruptcy and are owed outstanding employee entitlements. SEESA provides a safety net arrangement for staff of the Ansett group of companies who were terminated on or after 12 September 2001, due to their employer's insolvency. The Government is responsible for allocating funds for EESS, GEERS and SEESA schemes.

The objectives of the Work for the Dole programme are to develop the work habits of eligible job seekers, to involve local communities in activities that provide for the unemployed and help the unemployed at the end of the activities, and to provide communities with activities that are of value to those communities. CWCs recommend activities to the department for approval.

(4) (a), (b) and (c) Refer to Tables A and B (attached) for details of community organisations, businesses or individuals that received funding in the electoral division of Newcastle in 2001 and 2002. All figures for funding are provided for financial years and not calendar years. Tables A and B must be read in conjunction with Attachment 1 as it includes important information relating to the derivation of the data.

(5) Refer to Tables A and B (attached) for details of the total funding received by each programme in the electoral division of Newcastle in 2001 and 2002. All figures for funding are provided for financial years and not calendar years. Tables A and B must be read in conjunction with Attachment 1 as it includes important information relating to the derivation of the data.

(6) Names and addresses of individual recipients cannot be supplied due to privacy considerations. The names and addresses of CWCs in 2001 and 2002 are attached. The names and addresses of community organisations that sponsored Work for the Dole activities in 2001 and 2002 are also attached. Not-for-profit CWCs may also operate as sponsors of Work for the Dole activities.

Note that this reply excludes organisations in the electoral division of Newcastle which have been contracted to provide employment services by the Commonwealth (ie Job Network services, New Enterprise Incentive Scheme, Transition to Work services and, until 30 June 2002, Community Support Programme services).

The following disclaimer statements must be read in conjunction with Tables A and B

Indigenous Employment Programme (IEP)

Offered under the umbrella of the Indigenous Employment Policy, the Indigenous Employment Programmes were implemented progressively from 1 July 1999 and include: Structured Training and Employment Projects (which replaced the former Training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programme), Wage Assistance, the Community Development Employment Project Placement Incentive, the Corporate Leaders for Indigenous Employment Project, the National Indigenous Cadetship Programme and Indigenous Community Volunteers (previously the `Voluntary Service to Indigenous Communities Foundation'). Services are also offered to Indigenous job seekers through the Indigenous Small Business Fund, Job Network services and Indigenous Employment Centres.

Structured Training and Employment Project (STEP);

Corporate Leaders for Indigenous Employment Project (CLIEP); and

Training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programme (TAP).

The expenditure figures for these programmes relate to claims for payment by contracted organisations. The organisation in question may be the employer and/or trainer of the job seeker or may be an intermediary such as a Group Training Company, a Job Network Member or an alternative industry or community based organisation. Expenditure has been allocated to electorates on the basis of the postal address of the contracted organisation that received funding. In many cases this will be the address of a head office of the contracted organisation and does not necessarily reflect the location of actual employment or training. Figures provided reflect actual expenditure excluding GST. These figures are subject to change due to lags in data entry and ongoing systems reconciliations.

Wage Assistance (WA);

National Indigenous Cadetship Project (NICP); and

Direct Assistance.

The expenditure figures for these programmes relate to claims for payment by contracted employers. Data is presented on the grounds that the address of the contracted employer that received funding was in the specified electorate. In many cases this will be the postal address of the contracted employer and does not necessarily reflect the location of actual employment. Figures provided reflect actual expenditure exclusive of GST. These figures are subject to change due to lags in data entry and ongoing systems reconciliations.

Community Development Employment Project Placement Incentive (CDEP PI); and

Community Development Employment Project Work Preparation and Employment Trial (CDEP Trial).

The expenditure figures for these programmes relate to claims for payment by contracted Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) organisations. Expenditure has been allocated to electorates on the basis of the postal address of the CDEP organisation providing the services. However, this address does not necessarily reflect the location of actual employment. Figures reflect actual GST exclusive expenditure. These figures are subject to change due to lags in data entry and ongoing systems reconciliations.

Indigenous Small Business Fund *

The system used to collect the data in the spreadsheet is not a payment system. As such, financial allocation information is recorded on a whole of project basis and not necessarily by financial year. For projects that cross two financial years, 50% of funding has been apportioned to the first year and the balance to the second year. Figures are based on allocated funding, not actual expenditure.

Employee Entitlements Support Scheme (EESS), General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme (GEERS)

Recipient electorates are determined by claimants' postcode where available. Some postcodes cover more than one electorate and the information contained shows all relevant data for each electorate. Due to postcodes covering multiple electorates, some payments to recipients will be assigned alphabetically to an electorate. This may result in a minor statistical anomaly. Funding figures are based on actual expenditure.

Special Employee Entitlement Scheme for Ansett (SEESA)

Recipient electorates are determined by claimants' postcode where available. Some postcodes cover more than one electorate and the information contained shows all relevant data for each electorate. Due to postcodes covering multiple electorates, some payments to recipients will be assigned alphabetically to an electorate. This may result in a minor statistical anomaly. Funding figures are based on actual expenditure.

Notes.

· Nationally there were 28 recipients of SEESA funds ($579,127.18) whose address details did not contain a postcode and as such could not be attributed to an electorate.

· Also there were 105 recipients of SEESA funds ($2,831,862.05) whose postcodes are not listed and can not be attributed to an electorate.

· This amounts to 133 recipients in total with a gross total SEESA entitlement of $3,410,989.23 that cannot be attributed to an electorate.

Work for the Dole Programme (WfD)*

All figures derived in this spreadsheet are based on funding approved. Funding to deliver activities has been linked to electorate by the geographic location or locations where the activity occurs (as advised by the activity sponsor). Where, as a result of this process, the locations associated with an activity fall into more than one electorate, the funds and approved places associated with the activity have been divided equally among the electorates involved. Funding figures are GST inclusive. The number of approved places for which funding is available has been provided because the number of recipients by electorate is not available. Funding and expenditure are normally linked to administrative areas which are used for a number of purposes related to the operation of a programme, for example, Labour Market Region (LMR) or Employment Service Area (ESA). The borders associated with these administrative areas do not necessarily coincide with electorate boundaries. Figures are based on approved funding, not actual expenditure.

Information is current at 30 November 2002. WfD activities are approved on a rolling monthly basis and October is the latest month's data available when these reports were coordinated.

The following statements should be read in conjunction with the figures in this document.

1. Funding and expenditure are normally linked to administrative areas which are used for a number of purposes related to the operation of a programme, for example, Labour Market Region (LMR) or Employment Service Area (ESA). The borders associated with these administrative areas do not necessarily coincide with electorate boundaries.

2. Where additional information is held such as the location of a programme, this has provided a basis to link expenditure to an electorate. The information provided in the attached spreadsheet is therefore an approximation based on information available.

3. Figures in the attached spreadsheet generally indicate monies allocated, not monies spent. However, it should be noted that all IEP programme figures reflect actual expenditure.

4. An asterisk (*) assigned to a programme indicates that allocated funding is GST inclusive.

5. Only those DEWR programmes administered in the examined electorate are detailed in this document.

Attachment AB(1)

2001

2002

Name

Address

Name

Address

Community Work Coordinators

The Salvation Army Employment Plus

Level 1, 576 Hunter Street, NEWCASTLE NSW 2300

The Salvation Army Employment Plus

Level 1, 576 Hunter Street, NEWCASTLE NSW 2300

Wesley Uniting Employment Services

9-11 Tyrrell Street, WALLSEND NSW 2287

Wesley Uniting Employment Services

9-11 Tyrrell Street, WALLSEND NSW 2287

Eastlake Skills Centre Limited

453 Pacific Highway, BELMONT NSW 2280

Eastlake Skills Centre Limited

453 Pacific Highway, BELMONT NSW 2280

Westlakes Community Training Services

corner Cary St and Brighton Ave, TORONTO NSW 2283

Lions Club of Hunter Wallsend Inc

Wallsend Enterprise Centre, Dan Rees Street, WALLSEND NSW 2287

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Ground Floor, 518 Hunter St, NEWCASTLE NSW 2300

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Ground Floor, 518 Hunter St, NEWCASTLE NSW 2300

In 2001 and 2002 there were five CWCs operating in the electoral division of Newcastle, all of which were community organisations

2001

2002

Name

Address

Name

Address

Sponsors that are also Community Organisations

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Ground Floor, 518 Hunter St, NEWCASTLE NSW 2300

The Salvation Army Employment Plus

Level 1, 576 Hunter Street, NEWCASTLE NSW 2300

Wesley Uniting Employment Services

9-11 Tyrrell Street, WALLSEND NSW 2287

Westlakes Community Training Services

corner Cary St and Brighton Ave, TORONTO NSW 2283

Samaritans Foundation

14 Torrens Ave, CARDIFF NSW 2285

Community Support Agency

68-70 Gemvale Rd, REEDY CREEK QLD 4228

Eastlake Skills Centre Limited

453 Pacific Highway, BELMONT NSW 2280

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Ground Floor, 518 Hunter St, NEWCASTLE NSW 2300

Lions Club of Hunter Wallsend Inc

Wallsend Enterprise Centre, Dan Rees Street, WALLSEND NSW 2287

Trees in Newcastle

252 Parry St, NEWCASTLE WEST NSW 2302

The Salvation Army Employment Plus

Level 1, 576 Hunter Street, NEWCASTLE NSW 2300

Wesley Uniting Employment Services

9-11 Tyrrell Street, WALLSEND NSW 2287

Rocket Art

551A Hunter St, NEWCASTLE NSW 2300

Newcastle City Mission

Level 1, 767 Hunter St, NEWCASTLE WEST NSW 2302

Trees in Newcastle

252 Parry St, NEWCASTLE WEST NSW 2302

Eastlake Skills Centre Limited

453 Pacific Highway, BELMONT NSW 2280

The Anchor Corner

Cnr Young and Cowper Sts, CARRINGTON NSW 2294

Lions Club of Hunter Wallsend Inc

Wallsend Enterprise Centre, Dan Rees Street, WALLSEND NSW 2287

Wallsend Touch Football Association

9 Morna Close, ELERMORE VALE NSW 2287

Hunter Revival Fellowship

35 McInnes St, MINMI NSW 2287

Westlakes Community Training Services

corner Cary St and Brighton Ave, TORONTO NSW 2283

Footlice Theatre Company

148 Lawson St, HAMILTON NSW 2303

Lake Macquarie Neighbourhood Information Centre Inc

18 Main Rd, BOOLAROO NSW 2284

Lake Macquarie Neighbourhood Information Centre Inc

18 Main Rd, BOOLAROO NSW 2284

Community Support Agency

68-70 Gemvale Rd, REEDY CREEK QLD 4228

Rocket Art

551A Hunter St, NEWCASTLE NSW 2300

Samaritans Foundation

14 Torrens Ave, CARDIFF NSW 2285

CWCs may sub-contract community or government organisations to deliver Work for the Dole activities. 13 community organisations sponsored Work for the Dole activities in 2001 and 14 community organisations sponsored Work for the Dole activities in 2002.

No individuals or businesses received Work for the Dole funding

TABLE A: Funding for Newcastle in 2000-2001

Electorate

Programme

Recipient

Project

StartDate

EndDate

Amount

Newcastle

Work for the Dole (WfD)

See Attachment AB(1)

23 projects

1/07/2000

30/06/2001

$742,210.73

Newcastle

Direct Assistance1

2 Recipients

1/07/2000

30/06/2001

$8,530.00

Newcastle

Structured Training & Employment1

3 Recipients

1/07/2000

30/06/2001

$43,635.00

Newcastle

Wage Assistance1

15 Recipients

1/07/2000

30/06/2001

$46,911.00

Newcastle

Indigenous Small Business Fund (ISBF) 1

1 Recipient

1 project

1/07/2000

30/06/2001

$109,186.00

1 Indigenous Employment Programme comprises Structured Training and Employment Projects (STEP),Wage Assistance, Direct Assistance, Corporate Leaders for Indigenous Employment Project, National Indigenous Cadetship Project and Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Placement Incentive.

TABLE B: Funding for Newcastle in 2001-2002

Electorate

Programme

Recipient

Project

StartDate

EndDate

Amount

Newcastle

Work for the Dole (WfD)

See attachment AB(1)

53 projects

1/07/2001

30/06/2002

$1,215,657.67

Newcastle

Employee Entitlements Support Scheme (EESS) 2

27

Not Applicable

1/07/2001

30/06/2002

$46,865.39

Newcastle

General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme (GEERS) 2

20

Not Applicable

1/07/2001

30/06/2002

$208,320.45

Newcastle

Special Employee Entitlement Scheme for Ansett (SEESA) 2

8

Not Applicable

1/07/2001

30/06/2002

$274,733.06

Newcastle

Direct Assistance

1 Recipient

1/07/2001

30/06/2002

$4,644.00

Newcastle

National Indigenous Cadetship Programme1

2 Recipients

1/07/2001

30/06/2002

$24,725.00

Newcastle

Wage Assistance1

13 Recipients

1/07/2001

30/06/2002

$34,554.00

1 Indigenous Employment Programme comprises Structured Training and Employment Projects (STEP),Wage Assistance, Direct Assistance, Corporate Leaders for Indigenous Employment Project, National Indigenous Cadetship Project and Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Placement Incentive.

2 The Employee Entitlements Support Scheme is accessible to eligible claimants who were terminated due to the insolvency of their employer between 1 January 2000 and 11 September 2001. The General Employee Entitlements Scheme (GEERS) is accessible to eligible claimants who were terminated due to the insolvency of their employer on or after 12 September 2001. The Special Employee Entitlements Scheme for Ansett (SEESA) is accessible to employees who were terminated due to the insolvency of the Ansett group of Companies on or after 12 September 2002.