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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1651


Senator Cormann asked the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 12 February 2008:

(1) (a)   Since 24 November 2007, what federal funding, programs and/or services to Western Australia have been cut and/or discontinued in any of the Minister’s portfolio agencies; and (b) what savings have been made from these cuts.

(2) (a)   What plans does the Government have to cut and/or discontinue federal funding, programs and/or services to Western Australia in any of the Minister’s portfolio agencies in the coming period; and (b) what estimated savings would be made from these cuts.


Senator Chris Evans (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) —The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

There have been no cuts to funding or discontinuance of funding of programs or services in Western Australia since 24 November 2007 by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

As a part of its usual business the Department has changed service providers in a number of instances, suspended funding of some service providers due to non performance, and in some cases the specific funding agreements with providers have expired since 24 November 2007. There have been no savings realised from the usual administration of the Department’s business with service providers.

The attached table shows specific funded organisations where funding has ceased or transferred to another organisation as a part of the normal business of the Department.

Updated program estimates will be announced in the 2008-09 Budget. The Government will also undertake a comprehensive review of expenditure. The Government will release the review’s findings in the 2008-09 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

Service provider

FaHCSIA program

Reason for change in funding arrangements

Burdekin Youth in Action “Supporting Young Parents” project

Local Answers

Activities ceased in December 2007 in accordance with the funding agreement and a final report was submitted in March 2008.

Peel Community Development Group “FAST” project

Local Answers

Activities ceased in December 2007 in accordance with the funding agreement and the organisation has acquitted funding.

Curtin University “Better Living Better Life” project

Local Answers

Activities ceased December 2007 in accordance with funding agreement and grant has been acquitted by organisation.

St Claire’s School “St Claire’s Mentor” project

Local Answers

Negotiations underway with organisation to extend period of activity.

Marnin Bowa Dumbara “Wamba Nilgee Burru Ngardu Derby Men’s Service”

Local Answers

Project changed auspice to Wamba Nilgee Burru Ngardu Aboriginal Corporation on 1 January 2008

Fremantle Education Centre

Local Answers

Organisation has verbally advised that they wish to cease agreement ahead of completing project. This project will now cease on 30th June 2008 in accordance with this arrangement.

Central Midlands Aboriginal Progress Association

Emergency Relief

Third payment not made due to non compliance with funding agreement

City of Fremantle

Emergency Relief

Third payment not made due to non compliance with funding agreement

Ngaanyatjarra Council

Emergency Relief

Organisation decided to not proceed with Commonwealth ER after signing agreement. The allocation will be transferred to a suitable provider

The Afrikan Community in WA

Emergency Relief

Third payment not made due to non compliance with an associated funding agreement

Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation

Municipal and Essential Service program

Services being provided by a new provider - Essential Services Supplies Pty Ltd