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Notice given 19 May 2003

1471  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $660 645 awarded for the Bega Cheese Shredding and Mozzarella Line Project in the 2000-01 financial year under the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP):

(1) (a) What total DRAP funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if paid as one sum, on what date was the payment made; if paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Eden-Monaro on behalf of the proponent and/or South East NSW Area Consultative Committee.

(6) On what date, or dates, did the department and/or the Minister inform the proponent, the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee and the Member for Eden-Monaro about the funding approval.

(7) On what date did the department and/or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) on what date was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) on what date was the application approved by the Minister;

(c) did the funding application comply with the DRAP guidelines; if not, can details of non-compliance be provided;

(d) if applicable, on what dates was the application varied;

(e) what total DRAP funding was sought including: (i) the goods and service tax (GST)-free amount, (ii) the GST-inclusive amount, and (iii) the specific GST amount;

(f) what preferred project start date was nominated by the proponent;

(g) what preferred project completion date was nominated by the proponent;

(h) what project objectives did the proponent nominate;

(i) what was the project rationale, including identification of need for the project and demonstrated connection to other regional or state plans;

(j) what community consultation did the proponent undertake prior to submitting the application;

(k) what previous studies or projects did the proponent nominate as relevant to the project;

(l) what project objectives and outcomes did the proponent nominate, including employment outcomes and ongoing regional benefit;

(m) in relation to employment outcomes, how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions did the proponent project would be generated;

(n) what additional sources of funding did the proponent nominate as being required to sustain the project at the end of the funding period;

(o) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(p) (i) what project linkages were nominated by the proponent, including federal agencies, state agencies, local government, community organisations and the private sector, and (ii) what was the nature of the links;

(q) (i) what project management structure was proposed by the proponent, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was proposed, and (iii) if applicable, what was the proposed membership, role and terms of reference for the steering committee;

(r) what progress report timing and format did the proponent propose;

(s) what monitoring and evaluation process did the proponent propose;

(t) what assistance did the proponent advise would be received from other sources, identified by source and type;

(u) did the proponent disclose receipt of other government funding in the 3 years before the application was lodged; if so, what funding had the proponent received;

(v) did the proponent propose the purchase of assets with the DRAP funds;

(w) did the proponent hold workers’ compensation, public liability, professional indemnity and association liability insurance when the application was lodged;

(x) was the proponent a Job Network member or involved with a New Apprenticeship Centre or the Work for the Dole Program at the time the application was lodged;

(y) was the project endorsed for funding by the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee;

(z) was the proponent and/or the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee asked to provide advice on the primary and secondary electorates in which the project activity would be based; if so, why was this question asked and what answer was provided; and

(aa) did evidence of community support accompany the application or was evidence otherwise provided to the department; if so, what evidence was provided.

(9) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a) on what date did the project start;

(b) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project;

(c) what economic or regional benefit has the project provided;

(d) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(e) were all nominated project linkages (i.e. with government agencies and the private sector) realised; if not, which linkages were not realised;

(f) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(g) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(h) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, on what dates;

(i) has the project received assistance from other sources during the DRAP funding period; if so, what assistance, identified by source and type;

(j) has the proponent purchased assets with the DRAP funds; if so, did the proponent receive written permission prior to the purchase; and

(k) has the proponent maintained workers’ compensation, public liability, professional indemnity and association liability insurance during the funding period.

(10) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding (i.e. self-funding or other sources);

(c) has the proponent properly acquitted the project by submitting a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project;

(f) have any assets, purchased with DRAP funds, remained the property of the Commonwealth; and

(g) has an independent evaluation been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the evaluation, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

1472  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $39 974 awarded for the Strategic Response to Dairy RAP Implementation Project in the 2000-01 financial year under the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP):

(1) (a) What total DRAP funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if paid as one sum, on what date was the payment made; if paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Eden-Monaro on behalf of the proponent and/or South East NSW Area Consultative Committee.

(6) On what date, or dates, did the department and/or the Minister inform the proponent, the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee and the Member for Eden-Monaro about the funding approval.

(7) On what date did the department and/or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) on what date was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) on what date was the application approved by the Minister;

(c) did the funding application comply with the DRAP guidelines; if not, can details of non-compliance be provided;

(d) if applicable, on what dates was the application varied;

(e) what total DRAP funding was sought including: (i) the goods and service tax (GST)-free amount, (ii) the GST-inclusive amount, and (iii) the specific GST amount;

(f) what preferred project start date was nominated by the proponent;

(g) what preferred project completion date was nominated by the proponent;

(h) what project objectives did the proponent nominate;

(i) what was the project rationale, including identification of need for the project and demonstrated connection to other regional or state plans;

(j) what community consultation did the proponent undertake prior to submitting the application;

(k) what previous studies or projects did the proponent nominate as relevant to the project;

(l) what project objectives and outcomes did the proponent nominate, including employment outcomes and ongoing regional benefit;

(m) in relation to employment outcomes, how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions did the proponent project would be generated;

(n) what additional sources of funding did the proponent nominate as being required to sustain the project at the end of the funding period;

(o) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(p) (i) what project linkages were nominated by the proponent, including federal agencies, state agencies, local government, community organisations and the private sector, and (ii) what was the nature of the links;

(q) (i) what project management structure was proposed by the proponent, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was proposed, and (iii) if applicable, what was the proposed membership, role and terms of reference for the steering committee;

(r) what progress report timing and format did the proponent propose;

(s) what monitoring and evaluation process did the proponent propose;

(t) what assistance did the proponent advise would be received from other sources, identified by source and type;

(u) did the proponent disclose receipt of other government funding in the 3 years before the application was lodged; if so, what funding had the proponent received;

(v) did the proponent propose the purchase of assets with the DRAP funds;

(w) did the proponent hold workers’ compensation, public liability, professional indemnity and association liability insurance when the application was lodged;

(x) was the proponent a Job Network member or involved with a New Apprenticeship Centre or the Work for the Dole Program at the time the application was lodged;

(y) was the project endorsed for funding by the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee;

(z) was the proponent and/or the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee asked to provide advice on the primary and secondary electorates in which the project activity would be based; if so, why was this question asked and what answer was provided; and

(aa) did evidence of community support accompany the application or was evidence otherwise provided to the department; if so, what evidence was provided.

(9) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a) on what date did the project start;

(b) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project;

(c) what economic or regional benefit has the project provided;

(d) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(e) were all nominated project linkages (i.e. with government agencies and the private sector) realised; if not, which linkages were not realised;

(f) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(g) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(h) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, on what dates;

(i) has the project received assistance from other sources during the DRAP funding period; if so, what assistance, identified by source and type;

(j) has the proponent purchased assets with the DRAP funds; if so, did the proponent receive written permission prior to the purchase; and

(k) has the proponent maintained workers’ compensation, public liability, professional indemnity and association liability insurance during the funding period.

(10) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding (i.e. self-funding or other sources);

(c) has the proponent properly acquitted the project by submitting a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project;

(f) have any assets, purchased with DRAP funds, remained the property of the Commonwealth; and

(g) has an independent evaluation been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the evaluation, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

1473  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $39 914 awarded to the Alternative Industry Starter Kits Project in the 2000-01 financial year under the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP):

(1) (a) What total DRAP funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if paid as one sum, on what date was the payment made; if paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Eden-Monaro on behalf of the proponent and/or South East NSW Area Consultative Committee.

(6) On what date, or dates, did the department and/or the Minister inform the proponent, the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee and the Member for Eden-Monaro about the funding approval.

(7) On what date did the department and/or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) on what date was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) on what date was the application approved by the Minister;

(c) did the funding application comply with the DRAP guidelines; if not, can details of non-compliance be provided;

(d) if applicable, on what dates was the application varied;

(e) what total DRAP funding was sought including: (i) the goods and service tax (GST)-free amount, (ii) the GST-inclusive amount, and (iii) the specific GST amount;

(f) what preferred project start date was nominated by the proponent;

(g) what preferred project completion date was nominated by the proponent;

(h) what project objectives did the proponent nominate;

(i) what was the project rationale, including identification of need for the project and demonstrated connection to other regional or state plans;

(j) what community consultation did the proponent undertake prior to submitting the application;

(k) what previous studies or projects did the proponent nominate as relevant to the project;

(l) what project objectives and outcomes did the proponent nominate, including employment outcomes and ongoing regional benefit;

(m) in relation to employment outcomes, how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions did the proponent project would be generated;

(n) what additional sources of funding did the proponent nominate as being required to sustain the project at the end of the funding period;

(o) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(p) (i) what project linkages were nominated by the proponent, including federal agencies, state agencies, local government, community organisations and the private sector, and (ii) what was the nature of the links;

(q) (i) what project management structure was proposed by the proponent, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was proposed, and (iii) if applicable, what was the proposed membership, role and terms of reference for the steering committee;

(r) what progress report timing and format did the proponent propose;

(s) what monitoring and evaluation process did the proponent propose;

(t) what assistance did the proponent advise would be received from other sources, identified by source and type;

(u) did the proponent disclose receipt of other government funding in the 3 years before the application was lodged; if so, what funding had the proponent received;

(v) did the proponent propose the purchase of assets with the DRAP funds;

(w) did the proponent hold workers’ compensation, public liability, professional indemnity and association liability insurance when the application was lodged;

(x) was the proponent a Job Network member or involved with a New Apprenticeship Centre or the Work for the Dole Program at the time the application was lodged;

(y) was the project endorsed for funding by the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee;

(z) was the proponent and/or the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee asked to provide advice on the primary and secondary electorates in which the project activity would be based; if so, why was this question asked and what answer was provided; and

(aa) did evidence of community support accompany the application or was evidence otherwise provided to the department; if so, what evidence was provided.

(9) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a) on what date did the project start;

(b) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project;

(c) what economic or regional benefit has the project provided;

(d) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(e) were all nominated project linkages (i.e. with government agencies and the private sector) realised; if not, which linkages were not realised;

(f) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(g) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(h) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, on what dates;

(i) has the project received assistance from other sources during the DRAP funding period; if so, what assistance, identified by source and type;

(j) has the proponent purchased assets with the DRAP funds; if so, did the proponent receive written permission prior to the purchase; and

(k) has the proponent maintained workers’ compensation, public liability, professional indemnity and association liability insurance during the funding period.

(10) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding (i.e. self-funding or other sources);

(c) has the proponent properly acquitted the project by submitting a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project;

(f) have any assets, purchased with DRAP funds, remained the property of the Commonwealth; and

(g) has an independent evaluation been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the evaluation, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

1474  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $20 900 awarded for the Eurobodalla Coast Gourmet Trail Project in the 2001-02 financial year under the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP):

(1) (a) What total DRAP funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if paid as one sum, on what date was the payment made; if paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Eden-Monaro on behalf of the proponent and/or South East NSW Area Consultative Committee.

(6) On what date, or dates, did the department and/or the Minister inform the proponent, the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee and the Member for Eden-Monaro about the funding approval.

(7) On what date did the department and/or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) on what date was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) on what date was the application approved by the Minister;

(c) did the funding application comply with the DRAP guidelines; if not, can details of non-compliance be provided;

(d) if applicable, on what dates was the application varied;

(e) what total DRAP funding was sought including: (i) the goods and service tax (GST)-free amount, (ii) the GST-inclusive amount, and (iii) the specific GST amount;

(f) what preferred project start date was nominated by the proponent;

(g) what preferred project completion date was nominated by the proponent;

(h) what project objectives did the proponent nominate;

(i) what was the project rationale, including identification of need for the project and demonstrated connection to other regional or state plans;

(j) what community consultation did the proponent undertake prior to submitting the application;

(k) what previous studies or projects did the proponent nominate as relevant to the project;

(l) what project objectives and outcomes did the proponent nominate, including employment outcomes and ongoing regional benefit;

(m) in relation to employment outcomes, how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions did the proponent project would be generated;

(n) what additional sources of funding did the proponent nominate as being required to sustain the project at the end of the funding period;

(o) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(p) (i) what project linkages were nominated by the proponent, including federal agencies, state agencies, local government, community organisations and the private sector, and (ii) what was the nature of the links;

(q) (i) what project management structure was proposed by the proponent, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was proposed, and (iii) if applicable, what was the proposed membership, role and terms of reference for the steering committee;

(r) what progress report timing and format did the proponent propose;

(s) what monitoring and evaluation process did the proponent propose;

(t) what assistance did the proponent advise would be received from other sources, identified by source and type;

(u) did the proponent disclose receipt of other government funding in the 3 years before the application was lodged; if so, what funding had the proponent received;

(v) did the proponent propose the purchase of assets with the DRAP funds;

(w) did the proponent hold workers’ compensation, public liability, professional indemnity and association liability insurance when the application was lodged;

(x) was the proponent a Job Network member or involved with a New Apprenticeship Centre or the Work for the Dole Program at the time the application was lodged;

(y) was the project endorsed for funding by the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee;

(z) was the proponent and/or the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee asked to provide advice on the primary and secondary electorates in which the project activity would be based; if so, why was this question asked and what answer was provided; and

(aa) did evidence of community support accompany the application or was evidence otherwise provided to the department; if so, what evidence was provided.

(9) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a) on what date did the project start;

(b) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project;

(c) what economic or regional benefit has the project provided;

(d) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(e) were all nominated project linkages (i.e. with government agencies and the private sector) realised; if not, which linkages were not realised;

(f) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(g) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(h) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, on what dates;

(i) has the project received assistance from other sources during the DRAP funding period; if so, what assistance, identified by source and type;

(j) has the proponent purchased assets with the DRAP funds; if so, did the proponent receive written permission prior to the purchase; and

(k) has the proponent maintained workers’ compensation, public liability, professional indemnity and association liability insurance during the funding period.

(10) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding (i.e. self-funding or other sources);

(c) has the proponent properly acquitted the project by submitting a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project;

(f) have any assets, purchased with DRAP funds, remained the property of the Commonwealth; and

(g) has an independent evaluation been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the evaluation, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

1475  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $770 000 awarded for the Bega Cheese - Cheese Plant Upgrade Project in the 2001-02 financial year under the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP):

(1) (a) What total DRAP funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if paid as one sum, on what date was the payment made; if paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Eden-Monaro on behalf of the proponent and/or South East NSW Area Consultative Committee.

(6) On what date, or dates, did the department and/or the Minister inform the proponent, the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee and the Member for Eden-Monaro about the funding approval.

(7) On what date did the department and/or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) on what date was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) on what date was the application approved by the Minister;

(c) did the funding application comply with the DRAP guidelines; if not, can details of non-compliance be provided;

(d) if applicable, on what dates was the application varied;

(e) what total DRAP funding was sought including: (i) the goods and service tax (GST)-free amount, (ii) the GST-inclusive amount, and (iii) the specific GST amount;

(f) what preferred project start date was nominated by the proponent;

(g) what preferred project completion date was nominated by the proponent;

(h) what project objectives did the proponent nominate;

(i) what was the project rationale, including identification of need for the project and demonstrated connection to other regional or state plans;

(j) what community consultation did the proponent undertake prior to submitting the application;

(k) what previous studies or projects did the proponent nominate as relevant to the project;

(l) what project objectives and outcomes did the proponent nominate, including employment outcomes and ongoing regional benefit;

(m) in relation to employment outcomes, how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions did the proponent project would be generated;

(n) what additional sources of funding did the proponent nominate as being required to sustain the project at the end of the funding period;

(o) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(p) (i) what project linkages were nominated by the proponent, including federal agencies, state agencies, local government, community organisations and the private sector, and (ii) what was the nature of the links;

(q) (i) what project management structure was proposed by the proponent, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was proposed, and (iii) if applicable, what was the proposed membership, role and terms of reference for the steering committee;

(r) what progress report timing and format did the proponent propose;

(s) what monitoring and evaluation process did the proponent propose;

(t) what assistance did the proponent advise would be received from other sources, identified by source and type;

(u) did the proponent disclose receipt of other government funding in the 3 years before the application was lodged; if so, what funding had the proponent received;

(v) did the proponent propose the purchase of assets with the DRAP funds;

(w) did the proponent hold workers’ compensation, public liability, professional indemnity and association liability insurance when the application was lodged;

(x) was the proponent a Job Network member or involved with a New Apprenticeship Centre or the Work for the Dole Program at the time the application was lodged;

(y) was the project endorsed for funding by the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee;

(z) was the proponent and/or the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee asked to provide advice on the primary and secondary electorates in which the project activity would be based; if so, why was this question asked and what answer was provided; and

(aa) did evidence of community support accompany the application or was evidence otherwise provided to the department; if so, what evidence was provided.

(9) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a) on what date did the project start;

(b) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project;

(c) what economic or regional benefit has the project provided;

(d) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(e) were all nominated project linkages (i.e. with government agencies and the private sector) realised; if not, which linkages were not realised;

(f) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(g) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(h) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, on what dates;

(i) has the project received assistance from other sources during the DRAP funding period; if so, what assistance, identified by source and type;

(j) has the proponent purchased assets with the DRAP funds; if so, did the proponent receive written permission prior to the purchase; and

(k) has the proponent maintained workers’ compensation, public liability, professional indemnity and association liability insurance during the funding period.

(10) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding (i.e. self-funding or other sources);

(c) has the proponent properly acquitted the project by submitting a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project;

(f) have any assets, purchased with DRAP funds, remained the property of the Commonwealth; and

(g) has an independent evaluation been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the evaluation, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.

1476  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the grant of $40 015 awarded for the Continuation of Strategic Response to the Dairy RAP South East NSW ACC Project in the 2001-02 financial year under the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP):

(1) (a) What total DRAP funds have been paid to the proponent; and (b) if paid as one sum, on what date was the payment made; if paid in instalments, what were the instalment dates and amounts paid on each date.

(2) (a) What is the name of the proponent; and (b) if the proponent is an organisation or company, does it operate on a commercial or not-for-profit basis.

(3) What is the proponent’s business address.

(4) Can a description of the project be provided.

(5) Did the department or the Minister receive representations from the Member for Eden-Monaro on behalf of the proponent and/or South East NSW Area Consultative Committee.

(6) On what date, or dates, did the department and/or the Minister inform the proponent, the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee and the Member for Eden-Monaro about the funding approval.

(7) On what date did the department and/or the Minister publicly announce the grant.

(8) In relation to the application for funding:

(a) on what date was the funding application lodged with the department;

(b) on what date was the application approved by the Minister;

(c) did the funding application comply with the DRAP guidelines; if not, can details of non-compliance be provided;

(d) if applicable, on what dates was the application varied;

(e) what total DRAP funding was sought including: (i) the goods and service tax (GST)-free amount, (ii) the GST-inclusive amount, and (iii) the specific GST amount;

(f) what preferred project start date was nominated by the proponent;

(g) what preferred project completion date was nominated by the proponent;

(h) what project objectives did the proponent nominate;

(i) what was the project rationale, including identification of need for the project and demonstrated connection to other regional or state plans;

(j) what community consultation did the proponent undertake prior to submitting the application;

(k) what previous studies or projects did the proponent nominate as relevant to the project;

(l) what project objectives and outcomes did the proponent nominate, including employment outcomes and ongoing regional benefit;

(m) in relation to employment outcomes, how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions did the proponent project would be generated;

(n) what additional sources of funding did the proponent nominate as being required to sustain the project at the end of the funding period;

(o) did a project plan accompany the application form nominating project milestones; if so, what major milestones were nominated by the proponent;

(p) (i) what project linkages were nominated by the proponent, including federal agencies, state agencies, local government, community organisations and the private sector, and (ii) what was the nature of the links;

(q) (i) what project management structure was proposed by the proponent, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was proposed, and (iii) if applicable, what was the proposed membership, role and terms of reference for the steering committee;

(r) what progress report timing and format did the proponent propose;

(s) what monitoring and evaluation process did the proponent propose;

(t) what assistance did the proponent advise would be received from other sources, identified by source and type;

(u) did the proponent disclose receipt of other government funding in the 3 years before the application was lodged; if so, what funding had the proponent received;

(v) did the proponent propose the purchase of assets with the DRAP funds;

(w) did the proponent hold workers’ compensation, public liability, professional indemnity and association liability insurance when the application was lodged;

(x) was the proponent a Job Network member or involved with a New Apprenticeship Centre or the Work for the Dole Program at the time the application was lodged;

(y) was the project endorsed for funding by the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee;

(z) was the proponent and/or the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee asked to provide advice on the primary and secondary electorates in which the project activity would be based; if so, why was this question asked and what answer was provided; and

(aa) did evidence of community support accompany the application or was evidence otherwise provided to the department; if so, what evidence was provided.

(9) In relation to the progress of the project:

(a) on what date did the project start;

(b) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project;

(c) what economic or regional benefit has the project provided;

(d) were progress payments negotiated on the basis of project activity; if so: (i) has the proponent failed to meet any agreed project milestones, and (ii) have any progress payments been delayed or withheld due to the failure to meet agreed project milestones;

(e) were all nominated project linkages (i.e. with government agencies and the private sector) realised; if not, which linkages were not realised;

(f) (i) what project management structure was established, (ii) what selection process for the project manager was adopted, and (iii) was a steering committee established;

(g) (i) what progress report timing and format was adopted, and (ii) have reporting requirements been met;

(h) (i) what monitoring and evaluation process was adopted, and (ii) has the department undertaken monitoring visits; if so, on what dates;

(i) has the project received assistance from other sources during the DRAP funding period; if so, what assistance, identified by source and type;

(j) has the proponent purchased assets with the DRAP funds; if so, did the proponent receive written permission prior to the purchase; and

(k) has the proponent maintained workers’ compensation, public liability, professional indemnity and association liability insurance during the funding period.

(10) In relation to completion of the project funding period (if applicable):

(a) when did the project and/or funding period conclude;

(b) if the project is ongoing, what is its source of funding (i.e. self-funding or other sources);

(c) has the proponent properly acquitted the project by submitting a final report; if so, on what date;

(d) if applicable, has the final payment to the proponent been made;

(e) how many direct and indirect full-time equivalent positions have been generated by the project;

(f) have any assets, purchased with DRAP funds, remained the property of the Commonwealth; and

(g) has an independent evaluation been undertaken; if so: (i) who undertook the evaluation, (ii) when was it completed, and (iii) what findings did it make.