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Wednesday, 16 February 2000
Page: 11944

Senator Chris Evans askedthe Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 8 November 1999:

With reference to the departmental census of 1998:

(1) Why was a departmental census of child care not conducted in 1998.

(2) When, and by whom, was this decision made.

Senator Newman (Minster for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) The Census of Child Care Services has traditionally been conducted biennially and the major service types of long day care, family day care and outside school hours care were surveyed in 1997. Because of the additional administrative burden on services, the department recommended against undertaking a Census in 1998 at a time when reforms were being implemented.

(2) The former Minister for Family Services, Mr Warwick Smith, on 10 August 1998.