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Monday, 9 December 2002
Page: 7524


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 6 November 2002:

(1) (a) How many direct and indirect jobs were estimated to result from the provision of $32,617 through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) to help fund the South East Packing Operation announced in round 1 of 2001/2002 the Dairy Regional Assistance Program; and (b) what was the anticipated duration of these jobs.

(2) (a) What was the basis for these job creation estimates; and (b) who made the estimates.

(3) Was there any review or analysis of these estimates as part of the application assessment; if so: (a) who did that assessment; and (b) what was the result of that assessment.

(4) (a) What assessment was undertaken of the capacity of the proposal to improve the skills base of the region; (b) who undertook that assessment; and (c) what was the result of that assessment.

(5) (a) What assessment was undertaken of the capacity of the proposal to tackle disadvantage and encourage growth in the region; (b) who undertook that assessment; and (c) what was the result of that assessment.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) (a) 6 direct and 12 indirect jobs. (b) The 6 direct jobs are full-time permanent positions.

(2) (a) The estimation of job creation outcomes was outlined by the proponent in their application. (b) The proponent.

(3) Yes. (a) The Department. (b) The project was approved.

(4) (a) The application was assessed against Dairy RAP guidelines. (b) The Department. (c) The project was approved.

(5) (a) The application was assessed against Dairy RAP guidelines. (b) The Department. (c) The project was approved.