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Notice given 19 April 2006

1697  Senator Crossin: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—

(1) (a) How are decisions being made on the removal of the Remote Area Exemption (RAE) in remote communities; and (b) what are the roles of both the community and Government.

(2) If a community agrees to the removal of the RAE, is it correct that they can then get as many Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) places as they like; if so, will all of these participants also have to sign on with a job finder.

(3) How long will these people be able to stay on a CDEP.

(4) What other conditions would apply in such a case.

(5) (a) How are CDEP participant places now being allocated; and (b) who makes the decision on the number of places.

(6) If remote communities can in fact increase the number of CDEP participants, by removing the RAE, which CDEP funding will increase with it (for example, wages and oncosts - both recurrent and capital - or just wages).

(7) If oncosts do increase: (a) by what amounts will they increase; and (b) is it on a set formula amount per participant.

(8) If the number of participants increases and oncost funding rises: (a) where will the additional funding be found; and (b) is it new money; if not, from which existing program will it be taken.

(9) If a community can and, in fact, does want to increase CDEP numbers in this way, what help will they be given in overcoming problems such as lack of housing for any additional supervisory or training staff within the community.

(10) Given that young people are supposed to undergo education or training and that this will require more education and training facilities and staff in regional and remote areas: what plans are there to address these needs.

(11) Under the proposed changes to CDEP, announced on 30 March 2006, what classification applies to towns such as Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy, Katherine and Darwin (i.e. are they metropolitan, regional or remote.

(12) With reference to CDEP participants in Darwin working in schools or at the hospital: if after 12 months they are still in these positions and still on CDEP, will they be forced off CDEP.

(13) Given that Maningrida Marine Rangers are presently on a CDEP: will the rangers have to come off the project if they are still on the CDEP in 12 or 24 months time.

(14) In an urban or regional area, if a participant still has not got a ‘real’ job after 12 months what social security will they receive.

(15) Can former participants return to a CDEP; if so, after how long.

(16) If a young person undertakes training and at the end of it there is still no ‘real’ job, what happens to that person.

(17) (a) What is the national budget for CDEP; and (b) can a breakdown be provided of the component parts.


 (18) How much of the national budget for CDEP is spent in the Northern Territory.

(19) Can an up-to-date list be provided of CDEP organisations in the Northern Territory, including the number of participants in each organisation.