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Notice given 18 April 2007

3122  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—With reference to the Natural Heritage Trust:

(1) (a) Where is the $300 million capital base invested and what relevant legislative provisions govern the application of the trust; (b) from this investment, what actual earnings have been made and what is the future assumed earnings rate applied to the capital.

(2) (a) Since the 1997-98 financial year, what have been the uncommitted and unobligated amounts in the trust; and (b) for each amount, what were the rollovers or carry forwards.

(3) For the financial years up to and including 2010-11 what are the uncommitted and unobligated amounts in the trust.

3123  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Can details be provided, for each passport category and subcategory, of the number of recipients, the revenue received, and the indexation factor applied, for: (a) the 5 financial years to 2006-07; and (b) the financial years from 2006-07 to 2010-11, as a projection.

3124  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister for the Arts and Sport—With reference to the 2006-07 Budget measure ‘Australian Institute of Sport - integrated sports system’, can details be provided of the total uncommitted and unobligated administered and departmental costs in the 2006-07 budget and across the forward estimates for the financial years up to and including 2010-11.

 

 3125  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—

(1) Can details be provided of the uncommitted and unobligated forward estimates for each financial year up to and including 2010-11 for: (a) the Workplace Productivity program; (b) the Budget measure ‘Capital Development Pool - additional funding to support learning and teaching’; (c) the Budget measure ‘New Apprenticeships - extension of incentives to Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications; and (d) the Budget measure ‘Tutorial Voucher Initiative - continuation’.

(2) Can details be provided of the total uncommitted and unobligated administered and departmental costs in the 2006-07 Budget and across the forward estimates for each financial year up to and including 2010-11 for the ‘Skills for the Future’ initiatives: (a) ‘Work Skills Vouchers’; (b) ‘Support for Mid-Career Apprentices’; (c) ‘Business Skills Vouchers for Apprentices’; (d) ‘Incentives for Higher Technical Skills’; and (e) ‘More Engineering Places at University’.

3126  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—Can projections be provided for each financial year up to and including 2010-11, for each onshore and offshore visa class and, where applicable, subclass, of: (a) the number of applicants; (b) the number of applications expected to be approved; and (c) the total revenue raised.

3127  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—With reference to additional funding provided for the establishment of 25 Australian Technical Colleges announced in the Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook for the 2006-07 financial year :

(1) Can details be provided, for each of the financial years up to and including 2009-10, of the uncommitted and unobligated forward estimate amounts of the funding.

(2) Is the funding ongoing; if so, can the yearly funding profile be detailed.

(3) Of the amount budgeted for the initiative in the 2006-07 financial year, what amount has been spent.

(4) What is the total funding for Australian Technical Colleges across the forward estimates.

3128  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—With reference to the ‘Voluntary student unionism’ 2006-07 Budget measures ‘transitional arrangements’ and ‘small business incentives for regional campuses’:

(1) For each of the measures, can details be provided, for each financial year up to and including 2009-10, of the uncommitted and unboligated forward estimates amounts.

(2) Is the funding for each measure ongoing; if so, can the yearly funding profile be provided.

(3) Of the amount budgeted for the measures in the 2006-07 financial year, how much has been spent.

3129  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister for Finance and Administration—With reference to the statement on page 27 of the department’s annual report for 2003-04 that ‘Recommendation 3 of the Defence Procurement Review was to implement a rigorous “two pass” approval process for new equipment acquisitions. As a result of this recommendation, the review proposed - and the government agreed to - an enhanced role for Finance in advising on the cost estimates and financial risks involved with these proposals. To fulfil its new role, Finance has established a new Defence Capability Assessment Branch within Budget Group, which works closely with the Department of Defence to help implement the new “two pass” system for government consideration of proposals to improve the Defence Force’s capability’:

(1) Since the formation of the Defence Capability Assessment Branch, what projects has it advised on cost estimates and financial risks involved with new equipment acquisitions.

(2) What benchmarking analysis has been conducted on the effect of the branch: (a) on the approved cost and timelines of approved projects and the final cost and timelines of approved projects; and (b) on the approved cost and timelines of approved projects reviewed by the branch versus those acquisitions not reviewed by the branch.

(3) What were the results of each of the analyses referred to in paragraph (2).

3130  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister representing the Special Minister of State—With reference to the department’s Outcome 3, ‘Efficiently functioning parliament’:

(1) For each of the financial years 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 as a projection: (a) how many travel allowance (TA) forms were processed; and (b) of these forms, how many were varied in the acquittals process.

(2) For the 2005-06 financial year, how many of the 356 Outcome 3 staff worked on processing of TA forms and what proportion of the total hours worked in support of the outcome were spent on processing of TA forms.

(3) (a) What are the direct costs, for instance salary, and indirect costs, for instance stationary purchases, of processing the TA forms; and (b) what cost-benefit analysis has been undertaken to assess the need to reform and streamline these processes.

3131  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister representing the Special Minister of State—With reference to the department’s Outcome 3 and, specifically, the Member of Parliamentary Staff (MOPS) Gateway:

(1) (a) When will the service be delivered; (b) what additional functionality will it deliver; and (c) what resources are expected to be freed once it is introduced.

(2) (a) What was the original project budget; and (b) what is the current expected budget.

(3) Was the improved automated call centre system implemented by 31 December 2006; if not why not and when is it expected to be implemented; if so, what benchmarks are expected to be set for improved performance.

(4) What was the cost of the 104 MOPS courses provided in the 2005-06 financial year.

3132  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister for Finance and Administration—

(1) Can a list be provided that details each Commonwealth agency subject to the efficiency dividend and the rate of the dividend applied to it.

(2) Which Commonwealth agencies are not subject to the 1.25 per cent efficiency dividend and, for each of these agencies, why is the dividend not applied.

 

 (3) Which Commonwealth agencies are subject to the efficiency dividend at a rate less than 1.25 per cent and, for each of these agencies: (a) what is the efficiency dividend rate; (b) to what base is it applied; and (c) for what reason is the reduced rate applied.

(4) For each of the financial years up to and including 2009-10, what is the aggregate cost of the efficiency dividend for: (a) all Commonwealth agencies; and (b) all Commonwealth programs to which it applies.

(5) (a) Can a list be provided, by portfolio, of all Wage Cost Indexes and the weighting between Safety Net Adjustments (SNA) and Consumer Price Index adjustments for each Commonwealth Own Purpose Outlay (COPO); and (b) for each COPO: (i) for the 5 financial years to 2005-06 what has been the percentage and dollar amount of indexation, and (ii) for each of the financial years up to and including 2009-10, what is the projected indexation percentages and dollar amounts of indexation.

(6) What indexation arrangements and guarantees will be put in place to ensure programs are no worse off once SNAs are abolished.

3133  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister for Finance and Administration—

(1) (a) Can the forward estimates profile for Official Development Assistance (ODA) contained in the Budget estimates be provided; and (b) of this profile, what component has been committed to current ODA programs.

(2) What is the uncommitted and unobligated amount currently provided for these programs in the budget forward estimates for each financial year up to and including 2009-10.

3134  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) Can a spreadsheet be provided that details:

(a) for each of the measures listed in the 2006-07 Budget Paper No. 2, the amount remaining unspent; and

(b) the uncommitted and obligated forward estimates in relation to: (i) the measure ‘securing borders against illegal foreign fishing’, each of the following: ‘quarantine risk management and boat destruction’, ‘increased aerial surveillance for Customs’, ‘use of the Southern Ocean patrol vessel in northern waters’, ‘expansion of the Joint Offshore Protection Command Headquarters’, ‘enhanced regional engagement’, ‘enhanced engagement with Indigenous communities’, ‘project team for replacement of the Customs fleet’ and ‘rapid response vessel for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park’, and (ii) the measure ‘Coastal surveillance - increased patrolling of maritime approaches’.

(2) Can a list be provided that details the forward estimates for the 2004-05 or 2005-06 Budget measures:

(a) ‘National Community Crime Prevention Programme - Australia-wide’;

(b) for the Australian Customs Service: (i) ‘National security -enhancing monitoring and analysis of closed circuity television’, (ii) ‘Aviation Security - improving circuit television at airports’, and (iii) ‘additional funding’;

(c) ‘Imports - additional revenue compliance activities’; and

(d) ‘Providing for Australia’s Security - biometrics for border control - automated border processing’.

 

 3135  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the Budget measure ‘Sydney Law Courts - providing additional funding for refurbishment’, can details be provided of the total uncommitted and unobligated administered and departmental costs in the 2006-07 Budget and across the forward estimates for each financial year up to and including 2010-11.