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Notice given 27 March 2007

3076  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) How many project managers worked for the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) at its inception.

(2) (a) How many project managers are currently employed by the DMO, including trainee project managers; (b) how many of these are on a retention bonus: (i) in total, and (ii) as a percentage of the total number of project managers.

(3) What is the average retention bonus.

(4) How are retention bonuses calculated.

(5) (a) Who is the project manager for the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) project; (b) is this project manager paid a retention bonus; if so, how much per year: (i) in total, and (ii) as a percentage of the project manager’s salary; and (c) what is the lifetime of this project manager’s Australian Workplace Agreement.

(6) Does any project manager receive a performance bonus as well as a retention bonus.

 

 (7) (a) How are performance bonuses: (i) calculated, and (ii) paid; and (b) under what conditions are they paid.

3078  Senator Stephens: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources—With reference to section 3.2 of the 2006-07 Agency Budget Statements for Tourism Australia (TA) ( Industry, Tourism and Resources Portfolio Budget Statements 2006-07, p. 196) that states that TA’s appropriations have decreased since the 2005-06 financial year and that this is primarily due to the expiry of promotional funding introduced in the 2002-03 financial year to counteract the fall in tourism since 11 September 2001:

(1) How much of the funding allocation has been spent on establishing TA as the new tourism agency.

(2) What were the costings associated with establishing: (a) Tourism Events Australia; (b) the Australian Experiences Unit; (c) the Industry Implementation Advisory Group; and (d) the rolling out of the domestic tourism campaign.

(3) What was the expenditure for: (a) launching the international campaign; (b) the conceptual work for the campaign; (c) strategic planning; and (d) the revitalised Brand Australia campaign in the 14 key overseas markets referred to in the department’s Tourism White Paper Fact Sheet.

(4) What costs have been incurred for actioning the first two rounds of the: (a) Australian Tourism Development Program; and (b) Tourism and Conservation Partnerships Initiative.

(5) What costs have been associated with the Business Ready Program for Indigenous Tourism.

3079  Senator Stephens: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources—With reference to the range of consumer marketing activities of the Agency Budget Statements listed on page 188 of the department’s Portfolio Budget Statements 2006-07 which includes the Visiting Journalist, Aussie Specialist Travel Agent and Aussie Enthusiast Trade Support programs:

(1) Can a list be provided of all marketing programs in which Tourism Australia is involved.

(2) For each of these programs what is the: (a) total costing; (b) staffing costs; (c) recurrent costs; and (d) administration costs.

3080  Senator Stephens: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources—With reference to table 2.3 in the Agency Budget Statements for Tourism Australia (TA) contained in the department’s Portfolio Budget Statements 2006-07 (p. 192) that demonstrates that TA, in each of the financial years 2005-06 and 2006-07, acquired approximately $0.3 million through cost recovery arrangements:

(1) (a) Can a list be provided of programs that include some cost recovery; and (b) for each of these programs, the amount that it acquired through cost recovery measures.

(2) How are cost recovery charges set for these programs.

(3) What methodology is used to determine what is subject to a cost recovery charge.

(4) If charging was increased across the range of Tourism Australia programs, what would be the impact to revenue.

 

 3081  Senator Stephens: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources—(a) Can a list be provided of all Tourism Australia programs; and (b) for each of these programs, what is the cash forward estimate for each of the financial years 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10.

3082  Senator Crossin: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the Aboriginal Benefit Account:

(1) For each of the past 10 financial years: (a) what has been the total amount available for expenditure through discretionary grants; and (b) what proportion of that money: (i) has been allocated to initiatives and/or grants, (ii) has been granted specifically for economic development initiatives, and (iii) has been granted specifically for Indigenous art initiatives including, but not limited, to Aboriginal arts centres, infrastructure needs, commercial training and development strategies.

(2) (a) How many grants have been approved by the Minister but have not yet been administered; and (b) for each of these grants: (i) what year was the grant approved, and (ii) what was the amount of the grant.