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Notice given 8 June 2007

3214  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) (a) What percentage of long day care centres participate in the Quality Improvement and Accreditation System; and (b) of these long day care centres, what percentage undertake a self study of their quality on a yearly basis.

(2) What percentage of long day care centres that submit self-study reports to the National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC) have their reports independently validated by a member of the NCAC.

(3) (a) What is the average time that elapses between the submission of a self-study report and its independent validation; and (b) what is the longest recorded time that has elapsed between these stages.

(4) Of the self-study reports that have been submitted for validation for long day care centres, what percentage of validations do not agree with the reports.

(5) What percentage of long day care centres: (a) do not end up accredited; and (b) receive at least a standard level of quality across all quality areas.

(6) Are centres obliged to show parents the results of validation visits.

(7) Are results of self studies and validations available on the Internet to assist parents in choosing a centre.

(8) (a) What percentage of centres have failed to meet a standard level of quality across all levels on more than one occasion, that is, they have repeatedly failed to meet the standards; and (b) are any of these centres still operating.

(9) When did unannounced spot checks of child care services commence.

(10) Since the commencement of these unannounced spot checks: (a) how many spot checks have been undertaken of: (i) long day care services, (ii) family day care services, and (iii) outside school hours services; and (b) for each of these service types, what percentage of services have undergone spot tests.

(11) What is the yearly target, as a number and/or a percentage, for spot checks for each of the following types of child care services: (a) long day care; (b) family day care; and (c) outside school hours services.

(12)  What level of resources, including overall funding and the number of staff, is allocated for spot checks of child care services.

(13) What percentage of centres have failed a spot check.

(14) Have any spot checks identified problems that might relate to licensing regulations; if so: (a) have licensing authorities been notified and what has been the outcome of these notifications; (b) what is the timeframe that services have for fixing the source of the spot check failure; (c) are the results of spot checks publicly available; if so, how do parents access them.


 (15) What feedback has been received in relation to these spot checks.

(16) Are there plans to formally evaluate the spot check system; if so: (a) when; and (b) how, will the spot check system be evaluated.

(17) How was the 6 week timeframe for the unannounced validation visits decided upon.

(18) Are there any plans to evaluate the change to unannounced validation visits; if so: (a) when; and (b) how, will the unannounced validation visit system be evaluated.

(19) How many children with additional needs are currently accessing mainstream child care services.

(20) What data are available to the department on the number of children with additional care needs that are not accessing mainstream child care services or the In Home Care programme.

3215  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—

(1) Does the Minister believe that accreditation reports are a useful source of information for potential residents of aged care facilities and their families.

(2) Does the Minister believe that it is useful for potential residents and their families to observe how a particular facility has performed over a period of time, that is, whether it has consistently met the accreditation standards.

(3) What proportion of aged care homes that have met the standard on their current accreditation report have failed to meet the standard on a previous accreditation report.

(4) (a) When was the decision made to make only the most recent accreditation report available online; (b) when did this change come into effect online; and (c) what led to this change being made. 

(5) When previous accreditation reports were available online how many were accessed.

(6) (a) How many requests have there been in writing for copies of previous accreditation reports since the policy regarding online storage of past reports was changed; (b) what is the average response time taken to meet these requests; and (c) what is the longest time that has been taken to respond to a request.

3216  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) What are the forward estimates for each of the financial years up to and including 2009-10 for funding the Women’s Safety Agenda.

(2) Will expenditure continue at the level of the forward estimates provided in May 2006.

(3) What percentage of the funds allocated to the Women’s Safety Agenda: (a) is directed towards working with perpetrators of violence; and (b) goes to preventing domestic violence as opposed to helping survivors after violence has occurred.

(4) Can a list be provided of the community-based organisations that have received grants as part of the Women’s Safety Agenda grants program and the amount of funding that they have received, disaggregated by state and year.


 (5) For each of the financial years up to and including 2009-10, how much money is allocated to the grants for community-based organisations that are an element of the Women’s Safety Agenda.

(6) When does funding cease for the: (a) Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse; and (b) Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault.

(7) In relation to plans for the ‘Violence against Women - Australia Says No’ multimedia campaign, for the next 12 months: (a) when are advertisements scheduled to be run; (b) what other activities or products will be involved in the campaign; and (c) for these other activities or products, what is the schedule for these to be released.

(8) What percentage of the funds allocated to the Women’s Safety Agenda goes towards the Mensline telephone helpline.

(9) What percentage of calls to the Mensline telephone helpline deal with family violence as opposed to other issues.

(10) Are conversations between callers to the helpline and counsellors recorded; if so: (a) do the recordings have unique identification numbers; and (b) are the recordings stored; if so, for how long.

(11) Does the Government provide any funding for the White Ribbon Campaign which urges men to speak out against violence against women. 

(12) In relation to the ‘Domestic Violence - Crisis Payments to victims who remain in the home’ scheme: (a) how many women have accessed payments under the scheme; and (b) what is the total number of payments that have been provided to victims under the scheme.

3217  Senator Wong: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) Can a copy of the written protocols that govern the use of the Prime Minister’s official residences for party-political purposes, including fundraising, be provided;  if not, why not.

(2) Did the Prime Minister host a function for Liberal Party Federal Council delegates and business observers at Kirribilli House on Friday, 1 June 2007; if so: (a) can the Prime Minister provide a guest list for the function; and (b) what initial cost was borne by taxpayers, disaggregated to include the amounts for: (i) food, (ii) alcohol, (iii) other beverages, (iv) entertainment, (v) hire of marquee, chairs etc., (vi) floral arrangements, (vii) permanent domestic staff, (viii) casual domestic staff, (ix) security, and (x) other costs.

(3) Did the Prime Minister reimburse his department for all or some of the costs associated with the function; if so: (a) what amount was reimbursed; and (b) on what date was the amount reimbursed.

(4) What was the final cost borne by taxpayers for the function.

3218  Senator Stott Despoja: To ask the Minister for Human Services—

(1) Has the Office of the Access Card written to any witnesses who provided submissions to the Finance and Public Administration Committee’s inquiry into the Human Services (Enhanced Service Delivery) Bill 2007 to warn about possible legal action against them; if so: (a) what legal action is the office contemplating; and (b) can an explanation be provided of the circumstances that gave rise to the need to contact and warn any witnesses.


 (2) Has the office asked any companies involved in the tendering process for the card to refrain from making public comment about it; if so, on what basis has the request been made.

(3) Has the office received any advice from the President of the Senate on whether parliamentary privilege applies to any submissions made to the inquiry; if so, in relation to which submissions has the advice been given.

(4) Is the Government planning to exempt any individuals from having to display an electronic signature on the card.

(5) Are Government issued smart card readers going to be the same card readers that can be purchased over the counter at an electrical store.

(6) (a) What Powerpoint presentation is being used to brief interest groups about the proposed Access Card; (b) can a copy be provided of this presentation; and (c) is the information on the Powerpoint presentation accurate and up to date.

(7) Will people with an existing Medicare relationship be exempt from registering for an Access Card.

(8) Given that the Access Card photograph described in the Systems Integration (tender 1) request for tender is not a high definition image, what guarantees are there that this image will not be open to tampering and copying.

(9) Will the Access Card make transactions through EFTPOS, ATM and financial systems.

(10) (a) Is the purpose of the photograph on the card to facilitate the provision of concessions by state and territory governments; and (b) without a photograph on the surface of the Access Card, how would state and territory public transport authorities offer concessions to individuals.