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Notice given 28 March 2006

*1665  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to the Indigenous Business Development Programme grant made to Hillsong Emerge Pty Ltd totalling $672 000 for business development through the Enterprise Hubs and Shine program:

(1) Can a timeline be provided of discussion and correspondence between the department and representatives from Hillsong Emerge in relation to the business development grant before Hillsong Emerge submitted its formal application, including the location, date and attendees of any meetings, and the dates and general contents of any correspondence.

(2) Did Hillsong Emerge approach the department, or vice-versa, in relation to the business development grant.

(3) What services were intended to be provided free-of-charge to the Indigenous community through the Hubs.

(4) Is the department aware of any services provided by Hillsong Emerge from the Hubs that were not free-of-charge; if so, can details be provided, including the fee for the service.

(5) Were services for a fee to Indigenous clients permitted under the grant.

(6) Did the department regulate or monitor fees that were charged by Hillsong Emerge for services rendered to Indigenous clients.

(7) Was the department aware that Hillsong Emerge offered to draft business strategic plans and proposals from these hubs for Indigenous clients for a fee; if so: (a) on what date did the department become aware of this; and (b) was this permitted under the grant. 

(8) Were services to non-Indigenous clients permitted under the grant.

(9) How much funding was allocated for, and spent on, material by Hillsong Emerge to promote the activities of the Hubs.

(10) How much of the funding grant was allocated and spent by Hillsong Emerge on developing staff manuals.

(11) (a) How much money did the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hillsong Emerge receive from this funding grant; and (b) what is the extent of the role of the CEO in the operation of the hubs.

(12) Will the Enterprise Hubs, run by Hillsong Emerge, receive any further funding from the Indigenous Business Development Programme after February 2006; if so, what will be the extent of the funding, including:

(a) the amount of the grant or interim funding;

(b) the nature and objectives of the initiative;

(c) the specific programs, activities and services provided under the initiative;

 

 (d) the locations of the initiative; and

(e) the start date and end date of the initiative.

(13) Has Hillsong Emerge received, or will it receive, any funding grants under the Indigenous Business Development Programme in the 2005-06 financial year; if so, can the following details be provided:

(a) the amount of the grant;

(b) the nature and objectives of the initiative;

(c) the specific activities/services provided under the initiative;

(d) the locations of the initiative; and

(e) the start date and end date of the initiative.

(14) Not including Hillsong Emerge, are there any, or have there been, other enterprise hubs funded by the Indigenous Business Development Programme; if so, for each hub can the following details be provided:

(a) the name of the organisation responsible for operating the hub;

(b) the amount of funding granted in each of the: (i) 2004-05, and (ii) 2005-06 (to date) financial years.

(c) the locations of the hub;

(d) the programs that are run from the hub;

(e) the purpose of the programs;

(f) the number of staff who are employed under the grant; and

(g) the performance indicators for the programs.

*1666  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to staff in the Office of Indigenous Policy Co-ordination (OIPC):

(1) How many staff, by each state and territory, were/are in the OIPC as at: (a) 30 June 2005; and (b) today’s date (or most recent figure).

(2) How many OIPC staff, by state and territory, were/are based in Indigenous Co-ordination Centres (ICC) as at: (a) June 2005; and (b) today’s date (or most recent figure).

(3) What percentage of OIPC staff, by state and territory, have been employed for less than: (a) 6 months; (b) 12 months; and (c) 2 years.

(4) What percentage of ICC staff, by state and territory, have been employed by the OIPC for less than: (a) 6 months; (b) 12 months; and (c) 2 years.