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Notice given 21 July 2006

2242  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the liquidation of the Sports’ Aboriginal Corporation of Tasmania:

(1) What responsibility, past and present, has the department had in relation to the corporation and/or its liquidation.

(2) Did the department ever provide instructions or advice to the liquidator; if so, when and what did it pertain to.

(3) Has the department received any correspondence from former employees of the corporation in relation to their unpaid entitlements; if so, in each case, what was: (a) the date of receipt; (b) the name of the author; and (c) the recipient of the correspondence.

(4) What was the department’s response in relation to this correspondence.

(5) Has the department offered to provide any assistance; if so, what assistance has been provided to date.

(6) When did the department first become aware of claims for unpaid entitlements from former employees of the corporation.

(7) When did the Minister first become aware of claims for unpaid entitlements from former employees of the corporation.

(8) What is the total amount claimed by former employees for unpaid entitlements and wages.

(9) How much of that debt has been: (a) admitted by the liquidator; and (b) rejected by the liquidator.

(10) Are all of these former employees classified as preferred creditors; if not, why.

(11) How much of those entitlements and wages have been paid out to date.

2243  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With to reference to the Wadeye Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Trial:

(1) What is the name of the consultant conducting the evaluation.

(2) In a response by the department to a question on notice it was stated that at February 2006, the final report was awaiting approval by the Evaluation Reference Group:

(a) (i) who are the members of the Evaluation Reference Group, (ii) how many people are in this group, and (iii) how was this group selected;

(b) was the evaluation group provided with the full final report for its approval; and

(c) has the final report received approval from the Evaluation Reference Group.

(3) The department has previously indicated that the final report would be submitted in May 2006: has the final evaluation report been submitted; if not, what is the reason for the delay.

(4) Will the Minister authorise the public release of this final report; if so, can a copy be provided.

(5) Can a copy be provided of the most recent assessment of the total cost of the consultancy.

 

 (6) (a) What has been the total amount of departmental expenses that have been incurred as a result of the Wadeye COAG trial for each financial year since it began to date; and (b) can a explanation be provided as to what those expenses include.

(7) What is the amount of departmental travel costs incurred during each financial year over the course of the Wadeye COAG trial for departmental staff visiting the Wadeye community, including airfares, accommodation, travel allowance, car hire and any other related costs.

2244  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the Cape York Council of Australian Governments (COAG) trial:

(1) Has the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination (OIPC) assumed responsibility as lead agency for the trial.

(2) When did OIPC assume responsibility as lead agency for the trial.

(3) With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1562 (Senate Hansard , 27 March 2006, p. 208) which indicated that the evaluation of the trial had not begun as at 24 February 2006 and that a ‘request for quote documentation is being finalised’:

(a) can the Minister confirm whether a consultant has been appointed to evaluate this trial; if so, what is name the consultant; if not, can a reason for the delay be provided;

(b) has the evaluation begun; if not, when is the planned start date;

(c) will any community members have an opportunity to read or approve the draft report; if so, how and when will this happen;

(d) has a community ‘evaluation reference group’ been appointed; if so: (i) who is on this group, (ii) how many people are in this group, and (iii) how were they selected;

(e) when is the expected date of submission for the final report;

(f) if the report has already been submitted, will the Minister make this report publicly available; if so, can a copy be provided; and

(g) what is the most recent assessment of the cost of this consultancy.

(4) Since employment was a priority area in this trial, will any data on employment outcomes be used as part of this evaluation.

(5) Has any baseline data on employment outcomes been collected for the Cape York region; if so, when was this data collected.

(6) Does the department have any evidence of improved employment outcomes as a result of this trial; if so, can the relevant data being used as evidence be provided.

(7) What is the amount of departmental travel costs incurred during each financial year over the course of the Cape York COAG trial for departmental staff visiting Cape York, including airfares, accommodation, travel allowance, car hire and any other related costs.

2245  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the evaluation of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Trial in East Kimberley:

(1) Is the department the lead agency for this trial.

(2) What were the objectives of the trial.

 

 (3) What has been the total amount of expenditure for each financial year over the course of the trial, specifying: (a) the amount of administered funds and departmental expenses for each financial year; and (b) what the administered funds were used for.

(4) What is the amount of departmental travel costs incurred during each financial year over the course of the COAG trial for departmental staff visiting the East Kimberley, including airfares, accommodation, travel allowance, car hire and any other related costs.

(5) With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1562 (Senate Hansard , 27 March 2006, p. 208) provided by the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs which indicated that Quantum Consulting had begun the evaluation of the trial on 15 November 2005 and had already submitted a draft report, and a final report was planned to be submitted on 28 April 2006: on what date was the final report submitted.

(6) Will the Minister make this evaluation report publicly available; if so, can a copy be provided.

(7) Did any community members have an opportunity to read or approve the draft report; if so: (a) how and when did this happen; (b) which people were consulted; (c) how many were consulted; and (d) how were these people selected.

(8) What is the most recent assessment of the cost of this consultancy.

2246  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the evaluation of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Trial in the Anangu-Pitjantjatjara Lands:

(1) Is the department the lead agency for this trial.

(2) What has been the total amount of expenditure for each financial year over the course of the trial, specifying: (a) the amount of administered funds and departmental expenses for each financial year; and (b) what the administered funds were used for.

(3) Can the Minister confirm that the consultant Urbis Keys Young was appointed to evaluate the trial beginning on 15 November 2005.

(4) With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1562 (Senate Hansard , 27 March 2006, p. 208) provided by the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs which indicated that the expected date for the submission of the final report was 6 March 2006: on what date was the final evaluation report submitted to the department.

(5) Will the Minister make this report publicly available; if so, can a copy be provided.

(6) Did any community members have an opportunity to read or approve the draft report; if so: (a) how and when did this happen; (b) which people were consulted; (c) how many were consulted; and (d) how were these people selected.

(7) What is the most recent assessment of the cost of this consultancy.

(8) Does the department have any evidence of improved employment outcomes as a result of this trial; if so, can the relevant data being used as evidence be provided.

 

 (9) What is the amount of departmental travel costs incurred during each financial year over the course of the trial for departmental staff visiting the Anangu-Pitjantjatjara lands, including airfares, accommodation, travel owance, gapiire and any other related costs.

2247  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—In relation to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Trial in the Murdi Paaki region:

(1) (a) Is the department the lead agency for this trial; and (b) are there any plans to pass on responsibility for the trial?

(2) What has been the total amount of expenditure for each financial year over the course of the trial, specifying: (a) the amount of administered funds and departmental expenses for each financial year; and (b) what the administered funds were used for.

(3) With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1562 (Senate Hansard , 27 March 2006, p. 208) provided by the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs which indicated that a Request for Quote process was planned for February 2006 and the expected date of submission of the final report was 19 May 2006:

(a) what is the name of the consultant that has been appointed to evaluate the trial;

(b) on what date did or will this evaluation begin;

(c) on what date did or will the final evaluation report be submitted to the department;

(d) will the Minister make this report publicly available; if so, can a copy be provided;

(e) did any community members have an opportunity to read or approve the draft report; if so: (i) how and when did this happen, (ii) which people were consulted, (iii) how many were consulted, and (iv) how were these people selected; and

(f) what is the most recent assessment of the cost of this consultancy.

(4) What is the amount of departmental travel costs incurred during each financial year over the course of the trial for departmental staff visiting the Murdi Paaki region, including airfares, accommodation, travel allowance, car hire and any other related costs.

2248  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the evaluation of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Trial in Northeast Tasmania:

(1) Is the department the lead agency for this trial.

(2) What were the objectives of the trial.

(3) What has been the total amount of expenditure for each financial year over the course of the trial, specifying: (a) the amount of administered funds and departmental expenses for each financial year; and (b) what the administered funds were used for.

(4) What has been the amount of departmental travel costs incurred during each financial year over the course of the COAG trial for departmental staff visiting the trial site, including airfares, accommodation, travel allowance, car hire and any other related costs.

 

 (5) With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1562 (Senate Hansard , 27 March 2006, p. 208) which indicated that assessment of consultancy proposals commenced in February 2006 and that the evaluation of the trial would begin in March 2006 and that the expected date of submission of the final report was in May 2006:

(a) what was the name of the consultant appointed and what was the date of appointment;

(b) what is the start date for the evaluation; and

(c) what is the date of submission for the final report.

(6) Will the Minister make this evaluation report publicly available; if so, can a copy be provided.

(7) Did any community members have an opportunity to read or approve the draft report; if so: (a) how and when did this happen; (b) which people were consulted; (c) how many were consulted; and (d) how were these people selected.

(8) What is the most recent assessment of the cost of this consultancy.

2249  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the evaluation of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Trial in Shepparton:

(1) Is the department the lead agency for this trial.

(2) What were the objectives of the trial.

(3) What has been the total amount of expenditure for each financial year over the course of the trial; specifying: (a) the amount of administered funds and departmental expenses for each financial year; and (b)what the administered funds were used for.

(4) With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1562 (Senate Hansard , 27 March 2006, p. 208) which indicated that Morgan Disney was selected to conduct an evaluation of the trial and that the evaluation would begin in February 2006, with the final report to be submitted on 19 May 2006:

(a) what is the name the consultant appointed and what was the date of appointment;

(b) what is the start date for the evaluation; and

(c) what is the date of submission for the final report.

(5) Will the Minister make this evaluation report publicly available; if so, can a copy be provided.

(6) Did any community members have an opportunity to read or approve the draft report; if so: (a) how and when did this happen; (b) which people were consulted; (c) how many were consulted; and (d) how were these people selected.

(7) What is the most recent assessment of the cost of this consultancy.