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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 94

Question No. 158


Dr Charlesworth asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 17 May 1983:

Are any ethnic groups in Perth being given grants-in-aid by the Government; if so (a) which groups, (b) what are the criteria used for determining eligibility and (c) has consideration been given to the allocation of a grant-in-aid to the Macedonian community in Perth.


Mr West —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Yes.

(a) The following ethnic organisations in Perth have grants-in-aid provided by the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs: Free Vietnamese Fraternity Association, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Italo-Australian Welfare Centre, Perth Asian Community Centre, Polish Women's Association and Yugoslav Clubs and Community Association.

In addition, seven generalist community organisations administer grants which service a range of other ethnic groups in Perth.

(b) Section (2) of the guidelines of the Grant-in-Aid Scheme outline the conditions of eligibility for an organisation to be considered for a grant. In summary, an organisation must be able to carry out a social welfare program that will directly benefit people from ethnic communities and responsibly and efficiently administer grant funds. The organisation must be registered as a legal entity under State or Territory legislation, show that its activities are consistent with the provision of social welfare services and be able to provide appropriate facilities for the delivery of welfare services.

(c) The Macedonian Orthodox Church of St Nikola, W.A. applied for a grant-in- aid in 1982/83 to provide welfare services to the Macedonian community in Perth. Its application was not successful. Applications outnumbered available grants by more than 3 to 1 and strict priorities had to be applied. I understand that many meritorious applications could not be funded. The Government is committed to expanding the Grant-in-Aid Scheme and I expect that a number of additional grants could become available in 1983/84.

Advertisements inviting applications for grants recently appeared in metropolitan, regional and ethnic newspapers. I would be pleased to consider an application from the Macedonian community in Perth.