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Monday, 10 November 2008
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Mr Farmer asked the Minister for Sport, in writing, on 28 August 2008:

In respect of the Active After-school Communities program: (a) how many children are currently participating in the program; (b) what primary schools currently offer the program, and what electorates are they in; (c) what Outside School Hours Care services currently offer the program, and what electorate are they in; (d) do vacancies exist; if so, how many; (e) are schools or Outside School Hours Care services currently on waiting lists for the program; if so, (i) what regions are they in, and (ii) how many children are on the lists in each region; and (f) have the parameters of the program changed since 2007 for the current call for expressions of interest; if so, how.


Ms Kate Ellis (Minister for Youth and Minister for Sport) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   Accurate participation numbers are calculated through the acquittal forms collected at the completion of each term. At this stage only data for the conclusion of Term 1 2008 is available. During Term 1 2008, 148 898 children participated within the Active After-schools Communities (AASC) program, averaging 47 children per site. As there are 3 192 sites participating in Term 3 2008, it is anticipated that 150 000 children would participate during Term 3 2008.

(b)   There are over 3,000 Schools & Outside School Hours Care services (OSCHCS) that participate in the Active After Schools Program. A list of the number of Schools & OSHCS by electorate participating during Term 3 2008 is at the end of this answer.

(c)   See answer to (b).

(d)   In Term 4 2008, there are currently 3 150 sites accepted within the program. This leaves a vacancy of 100 sites nationally. This number fluctuates regularly, particularly at the end of the year, as sites review their commitment to the program and/or have any change of staff/ownership.

(e) (i)   and (ii) See the summary table at the end of this answer for a list of the number of Schools and OSHCS within the AASC program and also on the pending list.

(f)   2008 Selection of Sites: All schools and OSHCS participating within the program during Term 3 2007, were invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for their involvement in 2008. These forms were collated and assessed against the program criteria, and where schools/OSHCS met the criteria were offered a place in 2008. Only those schools/OSHCS that returned an EOI were considered for involvement in 2008. After the completion of this first round of EOIs, vacancies were then identified within the various regions. Invitations were then sent out to every school and OSHCS within each region that had a vacancy. All EOIs submitted during this stage were equally assessed against one another, and the successful sites notified of their selection. All other sites were placed on a pending list. 2009 Selection of Sites: Postcards have been sent to every primary school and Child Care Benefit approved out of school hours care service nationwide, inviting them to express interest in participating in the program in 2009. The database of mailing details was supplied by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. All schools and OSHCS currently participating within the program are guaranteed places in 2009, should they wish to continue their involvement. They are required to indicate their intent by notifying their respective Regional Coordinator, prior to the relevant closing date within their state. They are not required to resubmit a full EOI. Any site currently on the pending list, has been contacted and requested to confirm their intent to be considered for vacancies that may arise during 2009. All new expressions of interest received, will be equally assessed against those sites on the pending list, to fill vacancies within the respective regions. Schools and OSHCS Participating in Active Afters Schools Program Term 3 2008 Below is a summary by electorate of the breakdown of schools and OSHCS participating during Term 3 2008 and, as of 1 September 2008, are on the pending list. At this point in time, there are 74 schools and OSHCS on the pending list that have not been allocated to an electorate.

 

 

Accepted

Accepted Total

Pending

Pending Total

Grand Total

Electorate

OSHCS

School

 

OSHCS

School

 

 

Adelaide

17

10

27

2

1

3

30

Aston

11

2

13

 

1

1

14

Ballarat

5

23

28

 

6

6

34

Banks

9

3

12

2

1

3

15

Barker

8

27

35

 

 

35

Barton

9

5

14

2

2

16

Bass

3

9

12

1

1

13

Batman

7

3

10

 

 

10

Bendigo

13

21

34

 

 

34

Bennelong

14

4

18

 

 

18

Berowra

15

2

17

 

 

17

Blair

13

11

24

2

1

3

27

Blaxland

5

13

18

 

 

18

Bonner

13

3

16

 

 

16

Boothby

16

6

22

2

1

3

25

Bowman

10

4

14

 

 

14

Braddon

5

12

17

 

 

17

Bradfield

15

3

18

5

5

23

Brand

9

13

22

 

 

22

Brisbane

12

4

16

 

 

16

Bruce

5

6

11

4

4

15

Calare

1

36

37

1

4

5

42

Calwell

12

5

17

 

 

17

Canberra

25

1

26

8

8

34

Canning

6

13

19

1

1

2

21

Capricornia

4

16

20

 

 

20

Casey

15

4

19

2

1

3

22

Charlton

4

12

16

 

 

16

Chifley

5

9

14

1

1

15

Chisholm

9

4

13

4

1

5

18

Cook

14

14

1

1

15

Corangamite

5

26

31

1

1

2

33

Corio

5

11

16

3

2

5

21

Cowan

7

11

18

1

2

3

21

Cowper

2

13

15

1

1

16

Cunningham

8

11

19

1

1

2

21

Curtin

1

8

9

1

1

10

Dawson

5

16

21

 

 

21

 Deakin

16

3

19

1

1

20

Denison

6

11

17

3

3

6

23

Dickson

9

7

16

 

 

16

Dobell

5

16

21

 

 

21

Dunkley

7

12

19

2

1

3

22

Eden-Monaro

11

16

27

 

 

27

Fadden

11

3

14

 

 

14

Fairfax

8

12

20

 

 

20

Farrer

6

40

46

 

 

46

Fisher

14

6

20

1

1

21

Flinders

9

17

26

1

1

2

28

Flynn

1

5

6

 

 

6

Forde

8

6

14

 

 

14

Forrest

2

21

23

 

9

9

32

Fowler

4

13

17

1

1

18

Franklin

4

12

16

2

2

4

20

Fraser

20

4

24

9

9

33

Fremantle

 

16

16

 

1

1

17

Gellibrand

9

9

18

1

1

19

Gilmore

10

11

21

 

 

21

Gippsland

3

50

53

1

1

54

Goldstein

5

5

10

4

4

14

Gorton

15

7

22

3

3

25

Grayndler

17

3

20

4

4

24

Greenway

15

3

18

 

 

18

Grey

4

40

44

 

1

1

45

Griffith

18

18

1

1

19

Groom

16

10

26

1

1

27

Gwydir

1

21

22

 

 

22

Hasluck

2

12

14

 

4

4

18

Herbert

16

5

21

 

 

21

Higgins

2

5

7

1

1

2

9

Hindmarsh

9

9

18

3

1

4

22

Hinkler

14

17

31

 

 

31

Holt

3

11

14

6

3

9

23

Hotham

4

7

11

4

1

5

16

Hughes

17

5

22

2

2

24

Hume

10

13

23

 

1

1

24

Hunter

4

17

21

5

1

6

27

Indi

7

33

40

 

 

40

Isaacs

7

9

16

3

3

19

Jagajaga

11

4

15

2

2

17

Kalgoorlie

3

60

63

1

9

10

73

Kennedy

6

29

35

 

 

35

Kingsford Smith

13

1

14

1

1

15

Kingston

8

15

23

6

3

9

32

Kooyong

10

2

12

1

1

13

La Trobe

10

7

17

3

3

20

Lalor

14

12

26

2

1

3

29

Leichhardt

14

14

28

 

1

1

29

Lilley

10

2

12

1

1

13

Lindsay

10

9

19

 

 

19

Lingiari

19

23

42

 

 

42

Longman

8

8

16

 

 

16

Lowe

12

6

18

2

2

4

22

Lyne

4

14

18

 

 

18

Lyons

5

22

27

 

1

1

28

Macarthur

5

20

25

 

 

25

Mackellar

10

4

14

1

1

2

16

Macquarie

15

13

28

1

2

3

31

Makin

15

9

24

 

 

24

Mallee

10

34

44

2

6

8

52

Maranoa

10

30

40

 

 

40

Maribyrnong

10

6

16

1

1

2

18

Mayo

11

20

31

2

1

3

34

McEwen

12

19

31

1

1

32

McMillan

 

21

21

3

8

11

32

McPherson

12

2

14

 

 

14

Melbourne

22

1

23

2

2

25

Melbourne Ports

5

2

7

5

1

6

13

Menzies

14

1

15

1

1

16

Mitchell

15

2

17

 

 

17

Moncrieff

6

2

8

 

 

8

Moore

7

12

19

2

2

21

Moreton

12

1

13

 

 

13

Murray

 

51

51

 

 

51

New England

2

17

19

 

3

3

22

Newcastle

8

15

23

3

2

5

28

Norfolk Island

 

1

1

 

 

1

North Sydney

11

11

1

1

12

O’Connor

4

60

64

 

3

3

67

Oxley

13

5

18

1

1

19

Page

7

16

23

2

1

3

26

Parkes

3

26

29

 

 

29

Parramatta

12

2

14

1

1

15

Paterson

6

13

19

4

8

12

31

Pearce

6

27

33

4

2

6

39

Perth

6

6

12

1

3

4

16

Petrie

4

4

8

 

 

8

Port Adelaide

12

12

24

2

2

26

Prospect

6

7

13

1

1

14

Rankin

11

5

16

 

 

16

Reid

3

9

12

2

1

3

15

Richmond

8

13

21

1

1

2

23

Riverina

5

23

28

2

2

4

32

Roberston

1

1

 

 

1

Robertson

6

10

16

1

1

2

18

Ryan

14

1

15

3

3

18

Scullin

6

2

8

1

1

9

Shortland

5

12

17

2

2

19

Soloman

2

2

 

 

2

Solomon

14

6

20

 

 

20

Stirling

2

13

15

1

2

3

18

Sturt

14

5

19

1

2

3

22

Swan

4

13

17

 

1

1

18

Sydney

12

1

13

1

1

2

15

Tangney

4

12

16

 

 

16

Throsby

5

13

18

 

 

18

Wakefield

8

20

28

1

1

29

Wannon

5

44

49

3

7

10

59

Warringah

8

3

11

4

4

15

Watson

10

9

19

 

 

19

Wentworth

8

3

11

2

2

13

Werriwa

14

18

32

 

1

1

33

Wide Bay

9

15

24

 

 

24

Wills

14

7

21

1

1

22

(blank)

2

4

6

37

37

74

80

Grand Total

1333

1852

3185

228

169

397

3582