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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2816

Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

Does the Department of Social Security observe all the provisions of the Audit Act in accounting for expenditure of moneys through Regional Councils established under the Australian Assistance Plan.

Senator Wheeldon - The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Department of Social Security strictly observes all the provisions of the Audit Act. Treasury Regulations and Treasury Directions in making payment to Regional Councils for Social Development established under the Australian Assistance Plan. In addition. Regional Councils are required to comply with the conditions attached to the Australian Government grants made to them and these arc set out in a document titled Australian Assistance Plan- Guidelines for pilOt Program which has been distributed to all Councils. Among other things, the Guidelines state that Councils need to have a constitution and to bc either-

(a)   incorporated under iiic relevant Companies Act or Ordinance: or

(h)   registered under the appropriate Associations Incorporation Act or Ordinance in the Stale or Territory in which they are domiciled and, therefore, be bound also by the provisions of that legislation.

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