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Notice given 20 July 2005

1033  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—With reference to the recently completed competitive application process for community care services, including the National Respite for Carers, Commonwealth Carelink, Continence Aids Assistance, and Carer Information and Support programs:

(1) Can a list be provided of the organisations that received funding, broken down by location and type of service; if not, why not.

(2) How many organisations, previously providing these services, were unsuccessful in their applications to continue receiving funding to deliver these services.

(3) Can a list be provided of the organisations that have lost funding, broken down by location and type of service; if not, why not.

(4) What criteria were used to determine the loss of funding to these organisations.

(5) How many clients and/or carers will be forced to try and get services from a new provider.

(6) What processes has the Government put in place to monitor access to these programs to ensure that there will be continuity of service for clients and carers.

Senator Allison: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1035-1036)—

(1) Is it the case that Indigenous Australian 4-year-olds are receiving preschool education at half the rate of their non-Indigenous counterparts.

(2) (a) What is the Government doing to increase the number of Indigenous 4-year-olds in preschool; and (b) have targets been set; if so, what are they and when are they to be met; if not, why not.

(3) (a) For each year since 1999, what proportion of Indigenous students exceeded the cut-off point for the national literacy benchmarks in schools; (b) how does this compare with numbers for non-Indigenous students; and (c) how does the Government account for the difference.

(4) Have targets been set for Indigenous students to achieve the national literacy benchmarks; if so, what are they and when are they to be met.

(5) Is it the case that the Indigenous Australian participation rate in higher education is 1.2 per cent, compared with the non-Indigenous rate of 2.5 per cent.

(6) (a) What is the Government doing to improve the Indigenous participation rate in higher education; and (b) have targets been set; if so, what are they and when are they to be met; if not, why not.

(7) (a) Why are there significant gender differences in the participation and performance of Indigenous Australians in higher education; (b) why do Indigenous males continue to fall even further behind; and (c) how is this situation being improved.

1035 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

1036 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training