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Friday, 11 October 1985
Page: 1111

(Question No. 397)

Senator Puplick asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 20 August 1985:

(1) What funding is provided to a `drop-in' centre for the unemployed called the `Rise and Shine Centre' at 754 Darling Street, Rozelle, New South Wales.

(2) What is the purpose of the funding referred to in (1) above.

(3) What training programs are provided by the centre referred to in (1) above.

(4) What external evaluation has been made of the success of the centre referred to in (1) above in achieving its aims.

(5) How regularly are reviews of such centres carried out.

(6) What control or supervision is exercised over the content, particularly the political content, of `courses' offered to unemployed persons attending such centres.

Senator Walsh —The Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The ``Rise 'n' Shine-Rozelle CYSS'' Local Management Committee (LMC) is receiving for the period 1 November 1984 to 31 October 1985 a standard Level 3 Community Youth Support Scheme (CYSS) Grant of $100,000. This grant is paid in quarterly instalments.

(2) The Community Youth Support Scheme (CYSS) is a Commonwealth Government labour force program. Its objective is to encourage communities to assist local unemployed young people to develop their capacity for obtaining and retaining employment, and also to become more self-reliant during periods of unemployment.

(3) Training and support programs currently offered by Rozelle CYSS include driving lessons, photography, hospitality industry training (bar person and waiting courses), electric guitar, drumming, radio workshop production, mechanics for women, Tai Chi, drawing, cookery and nutrition, and video production. In addition to these activities advice and assistance is provided to participants with respect to typing, job search, and job resume/applications.

(4) The New South Wales CYSS State Advisory Committee is responsible for monitoring the effective operation, management and development of CYSS in that State. The Committee assesses the performance of Rozelle CYSS and all other CYSS projects in New South Wales as part of a regular six monthly review program. Any particular difficulties which arise in relation to the operation of a project would be considered by the Committee as a matter of urgency and outside the normal review process.

Rozelle CYSS also conducts its own internal reviews and evaluations of its program, including consultations with local youth agencies and the Commonwealth Employment Service.

(5) Rozelle CYSS is visited monthly by a Field Officer of the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations who ensures that the project is operating according to CYSS guidelines. The project is also required to submit two monthly financial reports and quarterly program activity reports to the Department.

(6) The primary responsibility for the conduct of the project, including the provision of appropriate courses, lies with the Local Management Committee (LMC). LMC members are elected annually at a duly advertised public meeting, except for the Manager of the local Office of the Comonwealth Employment Service (CES), who is an ex officio member of any CYSS LMC in the CES area.

The CYSS State Advisory Committee and the Field Officer are available to provide advice and support to CYSS projects experiencing temporary difficulties. In cases where such advice is not heeded and a project is in breach of the CYSS guidelines payment of its quarterly grant instalments can be suspended at any time.