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Thursday, 5 December 1985
Page: 3111

(Question No. 601)

Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 8 October 1985:

(1) Are some organisations charging for the preparation of applications under the Community Employment Program (CEP), and that in some instances the charge levied maybe a percentage of the final fund allocated by the Government for such applications.

(2) Will the Minister investigate whether Trojan Owen and Associates deduct such payments in view of the fact that this organisation has been involved with approved CEP projects in both South Australia and Victoria. (See answer to question on notice No. 210, Hansard, 28 May 1985, p. 2666).

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

(1) Some consultants who prepare applications for CEP funding on behalf of intending sponsors charge a fee for this service. Such charges are ineligible for CEP funding and must be met by the sponsor.

After a project has been approved, the sponsor may engage the consultant to manage a project and a charge is made on the basis of a fee for service. Such fees are met from the sponsor contribution to the project.

(2) Trojan Owen and Associates do not charge a fee for the preparation of project applications. Where that body is engaged to manage a project on behalf of the sponsor, a fixed fee is charged for the service. As mentioned in the answer to Question (1), these fees are met from the sponsor contribution to the project.