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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3549


Mr Hartsuyker asked the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, in writing, on 26 November 2008:

(1)   Which websites are maintained by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC).

(2)   How much did the ACCC spend on the maintenance of websites in 2007-08.

(3)   How much is the ACCC estimated to spend on the maintenance of websites in 2008-09, and each of the three outyears.

(4)   How much is the ACCC estimated to spend on the development of websites in 2008-09 and each of the three outyears.

(5)   How much extra funding did the ACCC receive in the 2008-09 budget specifically for the maintenance of websites.

(6)   How much extra funding did the ACCC receive in the 2008-09 budget specifically for the development of websites.

(7)   How much has the ACCC spent up until 25 November 2008 on the design, implementation and running of the GroceryChoice website.


Mr Bowen (Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, and Assistant Treasurer) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   The websites maintained by ACCC are: accc.gov.au aer.gov.au aer.gov.au/eisg (secure site) recalls.gov.au, nprecalls.gov.au (secure site) scamwatch.gov.au, and the ACCC intranet.

(2)   The ACCC spent $492,707 on the maintenance of websites during 2007-08.

(3)   The following are estimated costs for maintenance of websites in 2008-09, and each of the three outyears: 2008-09 $374,000 2009-10 $391,000 2010-11 $410,000 2011-12 $429,000

(4)   The following are estimated costs for the development of websites in 2008-09 and each of the three outyears. 2008-09 $3,266,000 2009-10 $913,000 2010-11 $956,000 2011-12 $1,001,000

(5)   The ACCC received $238,000 in the 2008-09 budget specifically for the maintenance of websites.

(6)   The ACCC received $2,342,000 in the 2008-09 budget specifically for the development of websites. However, the ACCC subsequently returned a total of $4.292 million from appropriation bills 1 and 2 out of a total $7.233 funding received from appropriation bills 1 and 2 which was allocated for FuelWatch.

(7)   The ACCC spent $3,609,988 up until 25 November 2008 on the design, implementation and running of the GroceryChoice website.