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Tuesday, 3 June 2003
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Mr Laurie Ferguson asked the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, upon notice, on 24 March 2003:

(1) Does the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs have a policy detailing the circumstances in which it would be appropriate to fund Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) outposts in either urban or non-urban areas; if so, what criteria apply to the consideration of requests to establish such outposts; if not, will he consider the development of such a policy.

(2) How many MRC outposts currently receive funding from the Department and, in respect of each such outpost: (a) when was it established, (b) what is the parent MRC, (c) in which federal electorate is it located, and (d) what is the geographical area that it covers.

(3) Since the 2001 election, how many formal requests, if any, has the Department received for the establishment of additional MRC outposts and, in respect to each request: (a) when was it received, (b) what was the requesting MRC, (c) what was the proposed geographical area for the outpost, (d) in which federal electorate was the proposed location, and (e) what was the response to the request.


Mr Hardgrave (Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Department does not have a policy detailing the circumstances under which it would be appropriate to core fund an MRC outpost. Funding approvals have been dependent upon the availability of funds in a particular year and on evidence of unmet settlement need in the area.

(2) Five MRC outposts currently receive core MRC funding from the Department1. The details are provided in the table below.

MRC Outpost

(a)Established

(b)Parent MRC

(c)Federal Electorate

(d)Geographic area2

Victoria

Oakleigh

1993

MRC South Central Region

Chisholm

Glen Eira, Monash, and Kingston

Casey

2003

South Eastern MRC

Holt

Casey and Cardinia

South Australia

Salisbury

1997

MRC of South Australia

Bonython

Salisbury, Playford, Tea Tree Gully and the Northern Metropolitan Region

Tasmania

Devonport

1996

MRC Northern Tasmania

Braddon

Devonport, Latrobe, Central Coast and Kentish

Burnie

1996

MRC Northern Tasmania

Braddon

Burnie and Waratah-Wynyard

(3) Since the 2001 federal election four formal requests have been made to the Department to establish additional MRC outposts. The details are provided in the table below.

(a)Request Received

(b)Requesting MRC

(c)Proposed geographic area

(d)Federal Electorate

(e)Response

Victoria

2002

South Eastern Region MRC

Casey

Holt

A one-off funding amount was provided in 2003-04 to contribute towards the establishment of an outpost.

Queensland

2003

Assisting Collaborative Community Employment Support Services Inc (ACCESS)

Logan

Rankin

Core funding was not provided.

New South Wales

2003

Canterbury-Bankstown MRC

Burwood, Strathfield and Canada Bay

Lowe

Core funding was not provided.

2003

Botany MRC

Ashfield, Marrickville and Leichhardt

Grayndler

Core funding was not provided.

1MRC outreach services funded under CSSS have not been included. The Hoppers Crossing outpost received core funding until the closure of the Inner Western Region MRC on 22 May 2003.

2 Geographic areas provided as local government areas.