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Notice given 27 March 2007

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.

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.