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Monday, 26 May 2003
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Ms Hoare asked the Minister for Trade and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 19 March 2003:

(1) Does the Minister's Department administer any Commonwealth funded programs for which community organisations, businesses or individuals in the electoral division of Charlton 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, (b) were these paid advertisements, and if so, (c) what was the cost of each advertisement.

(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 Charlton received funding in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000, (iii) 2001, and (iv) 2002.

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


Mr Downer (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —On behalf of the Minister for Trade and myself as Minister for Foreign Affairs, the answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

AusAID NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP)

Country & Regional NGO Programs

Australian Community and Professional Development Scheme (ACPDS)

International Seminar Support Scheme (ISSS)

Volunteer Programs

Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program (AYAD)

Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme

Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) Grant Program

Australia-India Council (AIC) Grant Program

Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) Grant Program

The Australia-China Council (ACC) Programs

Cultural Relations Grant Program

(2) Yes. All grant programs, with the exception of the Cultural Relations Discretionary Grants Program.

ANCP and ISSS

(a) AusAID's website

(b) None

(c) None

Country & Regional NGO Programs

(a) Country NGO programs are advertised by email by accredited Australian and NGOs and Regional NGOs programs are advertised by email and in some cases on AusAID's website.

(b) None

(c) None

ACPDS

(a) National Print Media

(b) Yes

(c) $3,301.84 in 2001-02 Financial Year

Volunteer Programs

(a) Promoted through a variety of publicity and promotional activities such as interviews on radio and television, information sessions, stalls at career-days, advertisements in national papers, trade journals and rural shows.

(b) Yes

(c) $20,000 in the 2001-02 financial year (note, this also includes AYAD advertising costs)

AYAD

(a) Promoted through a variety of publicity and promotional activities such as interviews on radio and television, information sessions, stalls at career-days, advertisements in national papers, trade journals and rural shows.

(b) Yes

(c) (included as part of the response against Volunteer Programs)

EMDG

(a) Austrade places EMDG scheme specific advertisements in major metropolitan and regional media outlets. Such campaigns are generally run twice a year, in April - June and September - November. Advertisements were placed in 30 publications across Australia in October & November 2002, including placements in The Sydney Telegraph, The Australian, The Land, The Australian Financial Review and regional publications including the Newcastle Herald, Major metropolitan and regional media outlets.

(b) Yes

(c) In the 2002-03 financial year:

The Sydney Telegraph - $2,400

The Australian - $1200 x 2

The Land - $600 x 2

The Australian Financial Review - $1,700 x 2

Newcastle Herald - $360

AKF

(a) Weekend Australian

(b) Yes

(c) $2,913.51 in the 2002-03 financial year

AIC

(a) Website, annual report, telephone enquiries

(b) No

(c) None

AII

(a) Internet website, relevant newspaper and industry publications.

(b) Yes, for newspaper and industry publications.

(c) In the 2001-02 financial year:

The Australian $2,353.46 and $$1,664.50

The Walkley Magazine $592

ACC

(a) National Print Media

(b) Yes

(c) $1,171.41, $1,161.41, $2,226.84, $1,541.17, $1,581.60 and $1,541.17 in the 2002-03 financial year.

Cultural Relations Grants Program

(a) None

(b) None

(c) None

(3) ANCP

(a) To subsidise Australian NGO community development activities which directly and tangibly alleviate poverty in developing countries.

(b) AusAID.

Country and Regional NGO programs

(a) To subsidise Australian NGO community development activities which directly and tangibly alleviate poverty in developing countries.

(b) AusAID.

ACPDS

(a) To support efforts by Australian community organisations, professional associations and small businesses to strengthen the capacities of their counterparts in developing countries

(b) AusAID.

ISSS

(a) To provide assistance to organisers of international development-oriented conferences to enable the attendance of selected participants from developing countries.

(b) AusAID.

Volunteer Programs

(a) To provide practical assistance, training and skills transfer to local counterparts and communities in the developing countries.

(b) AusAID.

AYAD

(a) To place skilled young Australians on short-term assignments in countries throughout Asia and the Pacific. AYAD also develop linkages and networks between partner organisations in Australia and those in developing countries, and gain an overseas professional development experience.

(b) AusAID.

EMDG

(a) Designed to encourage small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets by reimbursing up to 50% of eligible export promotional expenditure, above the first $15,000.

(b) Austrade.

AKF

(a) To strengthen the bilateral relationship between Australia and the Republic of Korea and in particular to promote people to people exchanges and institutional links.

(b) The AKF Board.

AIC

(a) To enable the initiative and enthusiasm of a wide range of individuals and organisations to be encouraged and supported in furthering the Council's objectives of broadening and deepening the Australia-India relationship.

AII

(a) To develop relations between Australia and Indonesia by promoting greater mutual understanding and by contributing to the enlargement over the longer term of the areas of contact and exchange between the people of Australia and Indonesia.

(b) The AII Board.

ACC

(a) To broaden and deepen relations between Australia and China by fostering in Australia a greater understanding of China and of Australia in China; and developing and expanding the areas of contact and exchange between Australia and China.

(b) The ACC Board.

Cultural Relations Grants Program

(a) To project abroad an image of a creative, sophisticated, diverse and technologically advanced Australia in support of the Australian Government's key foreign and trade policy objectives.

(b) The Cultural Relations Section, Images of Australia Branch in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

(4) ANCP, Country and Regional NGO Programs, AYAD andVolunteer Programs

(a) None

(b) None

(c) None, however, a number of individual volunteers from the electorate of Charlton have been supported by NGOs and volunteer agencies funded by AusAID. Between 1999 and 2002 approximately ten individuals from the Charlton electorate have received this type of support.

ACPDS and ISSS

(a) None

(b) None

(c) None

EMDG

(a) None

(b) 1999-2000 : 7 businesses

2000-01 : 9 businesses

2001-02 : 5 businesses

(c) None

AKF, AIC, AII

(a) None

(b) None

(c) None

ACC

(a) None

(b) None

(c) None, although it is possible that joint projects included members from the Charlton electorate.

Cultural Relations Grants Program

(a) None

(b) None

(c) None

(5) ANCP, Country and Regional NGO Programs, AYAD and Volunteer Programs - In the context of the Privacy Act (1988) AusAID is unable to provide this personal information on volunteers.

ACPDS and ISSS - None

EMDG - Recipient details attached.

AKF, AIC, AII, ACC, Cultural Relations Grants Program - None.

EMDG Recipients in the electorate of Charlton, in grant years 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02 (year-to-date).

Electorate

Grant Year

Recipient

Industry

Address

Suburb

State

Postcode

EMDG Payment

Charlton

1998/1999

COWAN MANUFACTURING PTY LTD

Medical and Surgical Equipment Manufacturing

9a Walker Street

WARNERS BAY

NSW

2282

$9,629

Charlton

1998/1999

HUNTER WATERTECH PTY LTD

Telecommunication, Broadcasting and Transceiving Equipment Manufacturing

76 Munibung Road

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$120,211

Charlton

1998/1999

IRONWORK PTY LTD

Mining and Construction Machinery Manufacturing

32 Burleigh Street

TORONTO

NSW

2283

$50,793

Charlton

1998/1999

LONG-AIRDOX AUSTRALIA P/L

Mining n.e.c.

537 Lake Rd

ARGENTON

NSW

2284

$6,013

Charlton

1998/1999

MINING COMPONENTS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Mining and Construction Machinery Manufacturing

38 Mitchell Road

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$9,220

Charlton

1998/1999

SCUBA INDUSTRIES OF AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Toy and Sporting Good Wholesaling

99 Mitchell Rd

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$2,864

Charlton

1998/1999

SYKES PUMPS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Machinery and Equipment Wholesaling n.e.c.

42 Munibung Road

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$61,532

1998/1999 Total

$260,262

Charlton

1999/2000

AMPCONTROL INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD

Electronic Equipment Manufacturing n.e.c.

250 Macquarie Road

WARNERS BAY

NSW

2282

$108,416

Charlton

1999/2000

HUNTER WATERTECH PTY LTD

Telecommunication, Broadcasting and Transceiving Equipment Manufacturing

76 Munibung Road

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$154,027

Charlton

1999/2000

MAXWELL ENGINEERING PTY LTD

Consulting Engineering Services

63 Pendelbury Road

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$77,632

Charlton

1999/2000

MINING COMPONENTS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Mining and Construction Machinery Manufacturing

38 Mitchell Road

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$6,603

Charlton

1999/2000

NIGHTINGALE SOFTWARE PTY LTD

Computer Consultancy Services

Lot 13 Enterprise Drive

WARNERS BAY

NSW

2282

$43,147

Charlton

1999/2000

POWERDOWN AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Road Freight Transport

2 Alhambra Avenue

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$26,021

Charlton

1999/2000

PYOLIZ P/L

Electronic Equipment Manufacturing n.e.c.

19 Main Road

BOOLAROO

NSW

2284

$18,824

Charlton

1999/2000

SKELLERUP INDUSTRIAL PTY LTD

Rubber Product Manufacturing n.e.c.

8 Pavilion Place

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$14,897

Charlton

1999/2000

SYKES PUMPS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Pump and Compressor Manufacturing

42 Munibung Road

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$37,902

1999/2000 Total

$487,469

Charlton

2000/2001

AMPCONTROL INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD

Electronic Equipment Manufacturing n.e.c.

250 Macquarie Road

WARNERS BAY

NSW

2282

$50,755

Charlton

2000/2001

HUNTER WATERTECH PTY LTD

Telecommunication, Broadcasting and Transceiving Equipment Manufacturing

76 Munibung Road

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$126,920

Charlton

2000/2001

NIGHTINGALE SOFTWARE PTY LTD

Computer Consultancy Services

Lot 13 Enterprise Drive

WARNES BAY

NSW

2282

$40,167

Charlton

2000/2001

POWERDOWN AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Automotive Component Manufacturing n.e.c.

2 Alhambra Avenue

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$29,665

Charlton

2000/2001

SYKES PUMPS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Pump and Compressor Manufacturing

42 Munibung Road

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$68,307

2000/2001 Total

$315,814

Charlton

2001/2002

AMPCONTROL INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD

Electronic Equipment Manufacturing n.e.c.

250 Macquarie Road

WARNERS BAY

NSW

2282

$60,000

*

Charlton

2001/2002

MINING COMPONENTS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Mining and Construction Machinery Manufacturing

38 Mitchell Road

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$10,417

Charlton

2001/2002

NIGHTINGALE SOFTWARE PTY LTD

Computer Consultancy Services

Lot 13 Enterprise Drive

WARNERS BAY

NSW

2282

$34,130

Charlton

2001/2002

STRATA ENGINEERING (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD

Consulting Engineering Services

34 Main Road

BOOLAROO

NSW

2284

$10,344

Charlton

2001/2002

SYKES PUMPS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Pump and Compressor Manufacturing

42 Munibung Road

CARDIFF

NSW

2285

$60,000

*

2001/2002 Total

$174,891

Grand Total

$1,238,436

Note: * Grant year 2001/02 claims are presently being assessed - payments represent the initial EMDG payment only (which is capped at $60,000 until June 2003)

Source: EMDG database, 1 April 2003