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Monday, 29 August 1994
Page: 543

(Question No. 1546)


Senator Ian Macdonald asked the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, upon notice, on 6 July 1994:

  (1) Please provide a break down of all Office of Labour Market Adjustment (OLMA) grants by grantee, amount, and the specific purpose for the grant, for the 1992-93 and 1993-94 financial years.

  (2) What basis or formula was used to determine who received these grants.

  (3) How was the use and effectiveness of these grants monitored.

  (4) Has there been any review of the OLMA grants; if so, when and what were the results; if not why not.


Senator Schacht —The Minister for Employment, Education and Training has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) Grants were made in 1992-93 and 1993-94 under three components of the OLMA program :-

  enterprise-based measures;

  industry labour adjustment packages; and

  regional initiatives.

  Individual recipients under the OLMA Enterprise programs (Training and Skills (TASK) and Assistance to Firms Implementing Change (ATFIC)) are given a guarantee of strict confidentiality. Consistent with this, details of individual grants are not made public.

  In 1992/93, $15.51 million was provided under OLMA enterprise-based measures to assist almost 500 companies. In 1993/94 approximately $19.27 million was directed to some 700 companies.

  The OLMA Industry component allows for grants to be made to organisations within designated industries to establish Enterprise Based Committees

(EBCs) to provide pre-retrenchment assistance to individuals. Grants under this program are also made to unions in the Textile and Clothing and Footwear and Passenger Motor Vehicle Industries to employ liaison officers in relation to the Labour Adjustment Packages (LAPs) in those industries.

  The following table lists grants which have been made under these provisions:

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Amount

Year Organisation Paid Purpose

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1992-93 Textile Clothing $116,946 To employ two Union Liaison Officers

and Footwear Union to undertake duties in relation to

of Australia the Textile and Clothing and Footwear

(TCF) Labour Adjustment Package (LAP)

1992-93 Federated Vehicle $90,227 To employ two Union Liaison Unions of

Australia Officers to undertake

duties in relation to the Passenger

Motor Vehicle (PMV) Labour Adjustment

Package (LAP)

1992-93 Nissan Australia $216 000 Stage 2 funding for an Enterprise

Based Committee (EBC) to determine

and implement a package of

pre-retrenchment assistance and

retraining for workers before the

closure of the Nissan plant at Clayton

1992-93 Australian National $356 216 To establish an EBC to provide pre-

(rail) retrenchment assistance and retraining

for workers affected by the

restructuring of Australian

National (rail)

1992-93 Tubemakers $158,100 Stage 2 Funding for EBC

Automotive

1993-94 Textile Clothing $133 455 To employ two Union Liaison

and Footwear Union Officers to undertake duties in

of Australia relation to the Textile and Clothing

and Footwear (TCF) Labour Adjustment

Package (LAP)

1993-94 Automotive, Metals

and Engineering Union $50,864 To employ two Union Liaison Officers

to undertake duties in relation to

the Passenger Motor Vehicle (PMV)

Labour Adjustment Package (LAP)

1993-94 Toyota Motor To establish an EBC to provide pre-

Corporation $10 000 retrenchment assistance and retraining

for workers affected by the closure

of the Toyota plant at Dandenong

  Under the regional initiatives component there were 693 grants made in 1992-93 and 713 in 1993-94. To supply the detail requested by the Senator a report has been prepared from computer payment records. This is too large to incorporate in Hansard. A copy is being made available to the Honourable Senator and is available to other members of Parliament through my office—

  some entries in the Provider Name column have been completed by hand as the number of characters entered in the Management Information System is limited and names were therefore incomplete;

  two entries in the table referred to ATFIC projects which were incorrectly coded under the L23 project. These have been deleted as individual recipients under ATFIC are given a guarantee of strict confidentiality and details of these grants are not made public.

  (2) Under the enterprise based measures component of OLMA, DEET State and Area Offices receive and evaluate applications from firms eligible for assistance. These applications are evaluated and prioritised against approved guidelines and grants are made within funding limits.

  The OLMA industry component is demand driven. Eligible firms within the designated industries apply for assistance and, subject to meeting contractual arrangements in relation to company contribution, purpose of grant, monitoring and accountability, approval for assistance is provided on a case by case basis by the Minister or Parliamentary Secretary. Applications from unions for liaison officers are made to the Minister and considered individually.

  Under the regional initiatives component, grants were made according to an annual strategic planning process for each State/Territory. OLMA committees in regions designated for labour adjustment assistance submitted detailed strategies for each financial year which were then prioritised and aggregated to State/Territory level for budgeting purposes. The financial allocations for regional initiatives were approved by the Hon Warren Snowdon MP, my Parliamentary Secretary.

  (3) Each grant is the subject of a contract between the Commonwealth and the grantee which specifies the objects and the performance agreed. Monitoring arrangements for each grant are specified in the conditions of these contracts according to the individual circumstances applying.

  (4) An interim review of the OLMA program was published in September 1993. A copy is being made available to the Honourable Senator. The formal review of OLMA began in April 1994 and a report is due in October 1994. To provide data for the review, separate evaluations of program components are being undertaken and analysed. These include technical evaluations of TASK and ATFIC, a longitudinal study of the TCF LAP and separate studies on aspects of the PMV and Australian National (rail) LAPs.