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Notice given 23 August 2001

3848  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care—Can the following information be provided on the impact of the Government’s policy of funding equalisation in relation to nursing home care subsidies:

For each state and territory, and for levels 1 to 4 in the Resident Classification Scale (RCS), can the Government indicate what the daily subsidy would be for residents in the 2002-03 financial year through to the 2006-07 financial year, assuming an annual indexation of 1.5 per cent, 2 per cent and 2.5 per cent.

(For example, assuming an indexation of 1.5 per cent provide a table showing daily care subsidy in each state and territory for RCS levels 1 through to 4. Similar tables would set out the subsidies assuming an indexation of 2 per cent and 2.5 per cent. These are to be based on the current daily subsidies for the 2001-02 financial year.)

3849  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care—With reference to the employment of external quality assessors for the accreditation of residential aged care facilities:

(1) In each state and territory how many people accessed the training necessary to become a quality assessor.

(2) What is the average cost of these courses.

(3) In each state and territory how many people are registered with the Quality Society of Australia as aged care quality assessors.

(4) What is the cost of registering with the society.

(5) In each state and territory how many quality assessors have not participated in one or more accreditation audits.

(6) In each state and territory how many quality assessors have only participated in one accreditation audit.

(7) What is the average amount paid to an external quality assessor for participating in an accreditation audit.

3851  Senator Bourne: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—With reference to the tax deductibility for non-government organisations providing services funded by Australia’s overseas aid program:

(1) What are the guidelines used by Treasury to determine the tax deductibility status for non-government organisations delivering programs and services funded by Australia’s overseas aid program.

(2) Does Treasury differentiate between relief programs and those programs providing longer-term outcomes, such as development programs, when determining a non-government organisation’s tax status.

3852  Senator Bartlett: To ask the Minister for Family and Community Services—With reference to the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy:

(1) What was the Stronger Families and Communities total annual budget for the 2000-01 financial year.

(2) How much of this budget was expended during the year on each of the five linked initiatives:

(a) stronger families fund;

(b) early intervention, parenting and family relationship support;

(c) potential leaders in local communities;

(d) local solutions to local problems; and

(e) can do community.

(3) Is it the case that community-based projects in Nimbin, New South Wales, have been denied funding for projects on the basis that there is already one project in the community; if so, is this approach a standard policy.