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Thursday, 11 March 2004
Page: 21456

Senator Cherry asked the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 10 October 2003:

(1) (a) Who proposed the Not-for-Profit Council; and (b) what connections do they have to the Community Business Partnerships (CBP).

(2) Did the Government seek the proposal from the proponents of the Council.

(3) What are the aims of the council.

(4) What is the status of the application for funding for the proposed council.

(5) (a) How much funding have the council's proponents sought from the CBP; and (b) how much have they previously received.

(6) Has the Government independently consulted with existing not-for-profit sector peak bodies to gauge the viability of the council proposal.

(7) Is the Government aware of the national roundtable of non-profit organisations, which has been voluntarily created and led by not-for-profit peak bodies across the sector.

(8) Will the Government support the establishment of the Not-for-Profit Council when there is already a national roundtable of non-profit organisations.

Senator Patterson (Minister 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) (a) A proposal to explore the feasibility of a Not-for-Profit Council was put to the Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership by Mr John Dahlsen in 2001. (b) Mr Dahlsen has no formal relationship with the Partnership.

(2) No.

(3) The aim of the proposed Council is to enhance capacity building in the not-for-profit sector and facilitate access to capacity building support for the sector.

(4) There is no application to fund the Council. A contract is being negotiated to provide funding for developmental work on a constitution and membership structure.

(5) (a) $50 000. (b) $0. However $90 000 was provided to The Allen Consulting Group to prepare a discussion paper on the feasibility of a Not for Profit Council.

(6) Yes.

(7) Yes.

(8) The Government will carefully consider any future request for support.