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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 790..


Business grants

(Question No 455)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, upon notice, on 11 March 2003:

In relation to business grants:

(1) How many business grants have been allocated to date this financial year;

(2) Is this number up or down on (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2000-01;

(3) Can the Minister provide details of (a) the names of businesses who have received grants (b) how much each business received and (c) what was the purpose for the grant;

(4) Are there still funds available for grants in this financial year, if so how much, if not, has it all been allocated or how much is left over;

(5) How many businesses have applied for grants this year and of that number how many have been successful;

(6) Of those who have been unsuccessful can their details be provided and the reason for their failure not to receive a grant.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

In relation to business grants:

(1) Eighty eight (88) business grants have been allocated to date this financial year;

(2) This number is (a) up on seventy one (71) in 2001-02 and (b) up on sixty four (64) in 2000-01;

(3) Details of (a) the names of businesses who have received (b) how much each business received and (c) what the purpose for the grant was, are at Attachment A;

(4) There is $1,766,182.00 available for grants in this financial year.

(5) One hundred and fifty two (152) businesses have applied for grants this year and of these eighty eight (88) have been successful;

(6) Of those who have been unsuccessful their details cannot be provided as the Privacy Act 1998 (Cth) prevents the disclosure of "personal information"held by the Office of Business & Tourism. Access to this information would need to be made pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 1989, which could be duly dealt with under that legislation. The reasons for their failure to receive a grant vary from the application not meeting the criteria to not being eligible to apply.


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