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Notice given 16 June 2003

1517  Senator Crossin: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the cut in funding from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) to the Aboriginal Development Foundation (ADF) in the 2002-03 financial year.

(1) Given that ATSIC had invited submissions for triennial funding and ADF submitted for this, why was it then not offered triennial funding.

(2) Why did ATSIC, without advice, warning or prior communication reduce funding to ADF between 2001and 2002 from $457 320 to $292 619.

(3) Does ATSIC have any duty of care in providing funds to organisations for the provision of services which have been long established.

(4) Did the ATSIC procedures for grant assessment for the 2002-03 financial year fully comply with principles of natural justice.

(5) What is the status of the ATSIC Service Charter.

(6) Did ATSIC (Darwin Network Regional Office and Yilli Reung Regional Council) breach this Service Charter, which states that ATSIC aims include ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the same level of services which are provided to all Australians, to advise Indigenous people of their rights to make a complaint, and advise clients of their appeal rights.

(7) Were organisations invited to submit for triennial funding in 2001.

(8) (a) On 24 July 2001 was ADF sent a letter from a Mr Peris, Darwin Network Regional Office, approving funding.

(9) Did this letter refer to a triennial budget figure of $457 320.

(10) Did this letter from Mr Peris request ‘ADF to refer to the attached 3 year budgets and indicate if you agree with the budget, and if not please provide a preferred revised budget to ATSIC’.

(11) Did ADF respond with a revised triennial budget.

(12) Could the letter from Mr Peris have been taken to be a letter of offer.

(13) Prior to April 2002, had ADF breached ATSIC funding conditions.

(14) Prior to April 2002, had ATSIC issued any warnings to ADF that it was in any breach or performing poorly.

1518  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) What is the total budget for the 91 Commonwealth Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) and National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality facilitator positions recently advertised in national newspapers (and now listed on the department’s web site) and being recruited through Effective People Pty Ltd and; and (b) from which program or programs is this funding coming.

(2) (a) How much is Effective People Pty Ltd being paid to recruit these people; and (b) from which program or programs is this funding coming.

(3) Can an organisational chart for the positions be provided showing how they will report to the department.

(4) How is coordination of NHT activities managed with the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry.

(5) How will these facilitators work with state department-employed NHT facilitators and project officers.

(6) Can a copy be provided of all documentation which outlines the rationale for the employment of these facilitators, including how their effectiveness will be measured and/or evaluated.

1519  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) What is the total budget for the 91 Commonwealth Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) and National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality facilitator positions recently advertised in national newspapers (and now listed on the department’s web site) and being recruited through Effective People Pty Ltd and; and (b) from which program or programs is this funding coming.

(2) (a) How much is Effective People Pty Ltd being paid to recruit these people; and (b) from which program or programs is this funding coming.

(3) Can an organisational chart for the positions be provided showing how they will report to the department.

(4) How is coordination of NHT activities managed with Environment Australia.

(5) How will these facilitators work with state department-employed NHT facilitators and project officers.

(6) Can a copy be provided of all documentation which outlines the rationale for the employment of these facilitators, including how their effectiveness will be measured and/or evaluated.