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Thursday, 10 May 2018
Page: 2829

Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaMinister for Communications, Minister for the Arts and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) (09:58): I have, and let me share it with you. What I conveyed to the committee was:

It is common practice for the details for a competitive grant program, including any criteria relating to eligibility, to be set out in the program's guidelines, as part of a call for grant applications. The Government has determined a set of eligibility criteria for grants under the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund, which forms part of the Regional and Small Publishers Jobs and Innovation Package. Whilst the program guidelines are under development, these eligibility criteria have already been made public and will be incorporated into the guidelines for the grant program. In addition, the guidelines will specify a set of merit criteria against which the Australian Communications and Media Authority will assess the relative merits of applications.

It is expected that the guidelines for the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund will be released in the first quarter of 2018, following a process of consultation with industry and key stakeholders.