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Thursday, 27 June 2013
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Tourism

(Question No. 1448)


Mr Baldwin asked the Minister for Tourism, in writing, on 20 March 2013:

In respect of the Government's election commitment to allocate an additional $40 million to the T-QUAL Grants program, for (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14, (e) 2014-15, and (f) 2015-16, (i) what number of grants were/​will be awarded, and at what total sum, and what was the total (ii) administrative cost, and (iii) cost of administration and marketing.

Answer


Mr Gray: The answer to the honourable Member's question is as follows:

(a)2010-11:

- Not applicable. Funding for the T-QUAL Grants Program commenced in 2011-12.

(b) 2011-12

   (i) 121 projects were offered funding in 2011-12 under the 2011 round of T-QUAL Grants - Tourism Quality Projects. 14 did not proceed. Total grant expenditure on projects funded through the 2011 grant round will be around $7.2 million (excl. GST). The Department awarded seven T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grants in 2011-12 valued at $4.6 million (excl. GST).

   (ii) Total program administration expenditure was $0.615 million.

   (iii) Advertising and marketing expenditure was $82,025.

(c) 2012-13:

   (i) 86 projects were offered funding in 2011-12 under the 2012 round of T-QUAL Grants - Tourism Quality Projects. Six did not proceed. Total grant expenditure on projects funded through the 2012 grant round will be around $6.3 million (excl. GST). The Department will award one T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grant in 2012-13. Applications to deliver the Welcoming Chinese Visitors project are currently being assessed.

   (ii) Total program administration expenditure was $0.463 million.

   (iii) Advertising and marketing expenditure was $31,648.

(d) 2013-14:

   (i) Applications for the 2013 round of T-QUAL Grants - Tourism Quality Projects are currently being assessed. Funding of up to $7.7 million (excl. GST) is available for the 2013 grant round. It is anticipated that further T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grants will be awarded in 2013-14.

   (ii) Allocation for expenditure on program administration in 2013-14 is $0.475 million.

   (iii) There is no fixed allocation for advertising and marketing.

(e) and (f) 2014-15 and 2015-16:

   (i) Funding for the T-QUAL Grants Program does not extend beyond 2014-15.

   (ii) Expenditure on program administration in 2014-15 is expected to be around $0.5 million.