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Thursday, 19 September 1974
Page: 1277

Senator Chaney (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Tourism and Recreation, upon notice:

(1)   What rules, if any, have been laid down governing grants to sporting organisations for teams to attend national and internauonalevents.

(2)   Does the Government contribute a fixed proportion of fares and/or other costs

(   3 ) Is any means test imposed

(4)   What information is required from applicants

(5)   Who decides whether the grants will be made and on what grounds

(6)   Who decides what amounts will be granted and on what grounds

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - The Minister for Tourism and Recreation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(l)   Broadly, the rules governing grants to sporting organizations are that applications will only be accepted from and payments made to bona fide national sporting bodies for approved national and international events.

(2)   No. The grants vary to take account of distances travelled and the popularity of the sport involved.

(3)   No.

(4)   Each national association is required to provide background information on its structure, office bearers, international affiliations, local affiliates and the number of registered participants as well as copies of annual reports.

For specific events, information is sought on venues, numbers participating, team selection, travel arrangements, the overall budget for the event and other details as appropriate to the particular events.

(5)   and (6) The Department of Tourism and Recreation examines requests and makes recommendations to the Minister who determines both the association's eligibility for a grant and the size of any grant on the basis of the approved guidelines.

The sports assistance programme was explained in detail to national sports associations by letter on 29 October 1 973.I understand that the Minister for Tourism and Recreation has forwarded a copy of this letter to the honourable senator.

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