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Tuesday, 1 May 1973
Page: 1543

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   What (a) number and (b) type of requests for financial assistance has the Government received from migrant organisations including persons or organisations acting on behalf of migrants.

(2)   What sum was involved in respect of each type of request.

(3)   What expenditure has he authorised to meet the requests.

Mr Grassby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) Requests for financial assistance which my Department receives from organisations or persons acting on behalf of migrants fall generally in 2 areas - those which relate to assistance in acquiring land or premises for the establishment of ethnic clubs and those which relate to funds to support the employment of persons engaged in welfare work in the migrant community. My Department has funds only to meet requests in the latter category. Community agencies engaged in direct welfare service to migrants may apply for a grant to meet the salary costs of a social worker to further expand such work. A requirement of the community agencies grant scheme is that the social worker to be appointed must be qualified and eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers. Since 2nd December one application has been received under the scheme and currently is under consideration. Since the same date I have approved 4 applications which were already in hand. The average cost of a grant under the scheme is approximately $8,000 per annum.

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