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Thursday, 14 February 2013
Page: 1562

Commonwealth Grants

(Question No. 1251 and 1258)


Mr Briggs asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, in writing, on 18 September 2012:

(1) For (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, and (d) 2011-12, how many Commonwealth grants were approved by the Minister's department, and at what total cost.

(2) For 2012-13 (to date), how many Commonwealth grants were approved by the Minister's department and at what total cost, and of these, how many have (a) signed funding agreements, and at what total cost, and (b) been paid to the approved recipients, and at what total cost.


Dr Emerson: The following answer has been provided by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and myself, to the honourable member's question:

(1) (a) to (d). A list of approved grants for 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12 is publicly available on the department's website which includes details of the total cost.

(2) A list of approved grants for 2012-13 to date is publicly available on the department's website which includes details of the total cost.

(a) All approved grants have signed funding agreements.

(b) The timing of grant payments varies with the terms of the funding agreement. However, payment is generally made in full when the funding agreement takes effect. To review payment terms for every grant issued this year to date would entail significant diversion of resources and in these circumstances I do not consider the additional work can be justified.