Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 23 June 2005 2005) . . Page.. 2297 ..
• Will the Minister give a commitment that the target will remain at 265 in the upcoming budget for the 2005-06 financial year; if not, why not;
• If 265 scholarships are not on offer, what is the number that will be offered;
• Is the Government committed to ACTAS and maintaining it in the future.
Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
• The figures in the 2003/04 annual report are correct.
• No. Reasons for the variance include:
• Each squad program enters into an agreement with ACTAS to provide a capped level of scholarship with selection criteria set in conjunction with respective National Sporting Organisations and State Sporting Organisations. Quotas may sometimes not be filled due to insufficient athlete numbers meeting the selection criteria.
• Scholarship numbers may be affected by the retirement and/or withdrawal of athletes from the program.
• The number of athletes on scholarship throughout the year can vary depending on the commencement date and the status of each program.
• The agreed quota of scholarships for 2004/05 has already all been offered to the sports.
• No. In 2004, ACTAS conducted an assessment of potential squad programs for the 2005/08 quadrennial. As a result of this process, and in consultation with key stakeholders such as National and State Sporting Organisations and the Australian Institute of Sport, I agreed to maintain the number of scholarships at 250.
Functions Coordinator travel costs(Question No 348)
Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 5 April 2005:
• Further to the reply to question on notice No 299, if the Government did not pay for the Functions Coordinator’s Hong Kong accommodation, why was it booked and paid for by the Chief Minister’s Department through the Government’s then travel provider, Carlson Wagonlit Travel confirmation number 15872406;