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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 454

Living Safe Together Grants

(Question No. 45)

Mr Christensen asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, in writing, on 7 November 2016:

To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—In respect of the report The Design of, and Award of Funding Under, the Living Safe Together Grants Programme (Australian National Audit Office, September 2016), can the Minister provide the (a) organisation names, (b) project names, and (c) project descriptions, of the (i) 21 applications that were recommended and approved for funding but failed to meet the published merit criteria, and (ii) 28 funding recipients who either failed or refused to register for the Directory of Countering Violent Extremism Intervention Services.

Mr Keenan: The Minister representing the Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The objective of the Living Safe Together grants programme was to support community-based, non-government and local government organisations to develop new and innovative services to help individuals move away from violent extremism. I am advised that all grant recipients recommended for funding met the policy objective of the programme.

Due to the sensitive nature of the work being undertaken by these community organisations, and the importance of building community trust for these services and programs, details (including organisation names, project names and project descriptions), will not be made public.

The ANAO's audit was undertaken well before LST recipients projects had finished. The ANAO's figure of 28 funding recipients who either failed or refused to register for the Directory of Intervention Services was a point-in time snapshot only one quarter of the way through the grant delivery cycle. At that very early stage of the programme organisations were still developing their service delivery capabilities. Since then the majority of projects have been completed and we have included a number of these grant recipients on the Directory of Intervention Support Services.

The department continues to work with the remaining grant recipients to support their transition onto the Directory of Intervention Support Services.