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Notice given 10 April 2007

3097  Senator Carr: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Indigenous Trials:

(1) (a) For each of the COAG Indigenous community trials in Wadeye and in North Eastern Tasmania, what is the amount that the department has expended in support of the trials to date, disaggregated to show administered funds and departmental expenses; and (b) for the administered funds, can the figures be further disaggregated to indicate the amount expended on individual activities or programs, not including funds for programs that would have been administered irrespective of the COAG trial.

(2) Have the trials formally ended; if so, when did they end.

(3) How will the department respond to the recommendation of consultants Morgan Disney & Associates that government staff receive cross-cultural training.

(4) (a) What cross-cultural training is currently being provided to staff in Indigenous Coordination Centres (ICC) and to all staff working in Indigenous-specific divisions of the department; and (b) is an outside body contracted to deliver this training; if so, can details be provided of the: (i) name of the contractor, (ii) date and duration of the training program(s), (iii) the nature of the program(s), and (iv) how many ICC staff have taken part in each program.

3098  Senator Carr: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—With reference to the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Indigenous Trials:

(1) (a) For the COAG Indigenous community trial in the Australian Capital Territory, what is the amount that the department has expended in support of the trial to date, disaggregated to indicate administered funds and departmental expenses; and (b) for the administered funds, can the figure be further disaggregated to indicate the amount expended on individual activities or programs, not including funds for programs that would have been administered irrespective of the COAG trial.

(2) Have these trials formally ended; if so, when did they end.

 

 3100  Senator Carr: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—With reference to the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Indigenous Trials:

(1) (a) For the COAG Indigenous community trials in the Murdi Paaki region, what is the amount that the department has expended in support of the trial to date, disaggregated to indicate administered funds and departmental expenses; and (b) for the administered funds, can the figure be further disaggregated to indicate the amount expended on individual activities or programs, not including funds for programs that would have been administered irrespective of the COAG trial.

(2) Have these trials formally ended; if so, when did they end.

(3) Can the Minister confirm that the Murdi Paaki Regional Council has helped to devise a number of community action plans for communities in the Murdi Paaki region; if so, what role has the department played in putting those plans into action.

3101  Senator Carr: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Indigenous Trials:

(1) (a) For the COAG Indigenous community trials in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yakunytjatjara (APY) Lands region, what is the amount that the department has expended in support of the trial to date, disaggregated to indicate administered funds and departmental expenses; and (b) for the administered funds, can the figure be further disaggregated to indicate the amount expended on individual activities or programs, not including funds for programs that would have been administered irrespective of the COAG trial.

(2) Have these trials formally ended; if so, when did they end.

3102  Senator Carr: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Indigenous Trials:

(1) (a) For each of the COAG Indigenous community trials in the Cape York and Shepparton regions, what is the amount that the department has expended in support of the trials to date, disaggregated to indicate administered funds and departmental expenses; and (b) for the administered funds, can the figures be further disaggregated to indicate the amount expended on individual activities or programs, not including funds for programs that would have been administered irrespective of the COAG trial.

(2) Have these trials formally ended; if so, when did they end.

3105  Senator Carr: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—

(1) Can a list be provided of Job Network providers that currently service remote areas.

(2) For each financial year since 2002-03: (a) how many Job Network providers have serviced remote areas; (b) what amount of the total funding allocated to Job Network providers have these providers received; (c) how many job outcomes have these providers achieved, including: (i) at first instance, (ii) at 13 weeks, and (iii) at 26 weeks; and (d) what global percentage of the Job Seeker Account amount available have these providers used.

(3) (a) To date, how much has been spent of the 2006-07 Budget measure, ‘Strengthening Indigenous Communities - enhanced opportunities for employment and participation in remote communities’, worth $17.9 million over 4 years and $3.7 million in the first year; (b) of this amount, how much has been directed to: (i) Job Network, (ii) Centrelink, and (iii) the department; and (c) for each of the above, as a result of the funding, what extra work or activity has been generated.

3106  Senator Carr: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the decision to transfer responsibility for the provision of municipal services from the Davenport Community Council to the Port Augusta City Council:

(1) Prior to the announcement, how many face to face consultations did the department have with: (a) the Davenport Community Council; and (b) the Port Augusta City Council.

(2) (a) What responsibility does the department have for ensuring that funding continues for the Wami Kata aged care facility and the Lakeview Accommodation Centre; and (b) what steps have been taken to ensure this funding continues.

(3) Has the department secured formal agreement from the Port Augusta City Council that it will become the external service provider for municipal services to the Davenport community.

(4) Is the Port Augusta City Council providing municipal services to the Davenport community; if so, what services is it currently providing.

(5) Can a list be provided of any municipal services that the Davenport Community Council provided to the Davenport community that the Port Augusta City Council is not currently providing.

(6) On what date did, or will, municipal funding for the purpose of servicing the Davenport Community: (a) cease for the Davenport Community Council; and (b) increase for the Port Augusta City Council.

3107  Senator Carr: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the report prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) on the findings of the review of the Community Housing and Infrastructure Program (CHIP), Living in the sunburnt country :

(1) On what date was the first draft of the report: (a) presented to the department; and (b) seen by the Minister or the Minister’s office.

(2) Did the: (a) department; or (b) Minister, make comments or suggestions for changes to the draft for PWC to consider or incorporate into the report; if so, on what date(s) were these comments or suggestions made.

(3) (a) On what date did PWC submit a revised draft of the report; (b) was the revised draft submitted to the department, the Minister’s office or both; and (c) on receipt of the revised draft, were further comments or suggestions made by either the Minister’s office or the department.

(4) With reference to consultations with each of the Indigenous organisations listed on page 11 of the report, can specific dates be provided for each of these consultations.

 

 (5) (a) Given that there are 616 Indigenous housing organisations across Australia, was the Minister satisfied with PWC consulting only eleven, or approximately 1.5 per cent, of these; (b) which remote communities, and on what dates, did PWC visit as part of the consultation process.

(6) Was Mr Graeme Morris, an employee of PWC, involved in the preparation or writing of the report.