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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3569

Mr Truss asked the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy, in writing, on 3 February 2009:

In respect of the Government’s decision to replace the small business field officer network with a $42 million program to fund 36 Business Enterprise Centres: which Business Enterprise Centre has been funded to service the federal electorate of Wide Bay.

Dr Emerson (Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy and Minister Assisting the Finance Minister on Deregulation) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

The Small Business Field Officer program had only been budgeted by the previous government until 30 June 2009. No funding commitment had been made beyond this time.

In the 2008-09 Budget, the Government provided $42 million over four years to fund 36 Business Enterprise Centres located in suburban, rural and regional Australia.

The funding agreements with each of the 36 Business Enterprise Centres do not specify a geographic region to be serviced. A list of the 36 centres and their contact details is available on the AusIndustry website.

To assist small businesses deal with the economic consequences of the global financial crisis, the Government has announced an additional $4 million in funding for small business advisory services throughout the country, which includes $100,000 for Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation Inc located at 10 Moore Street, Goomeri, in the federal electorate of Wide Bay.