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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2448 ..




Construction Industry Training Fund

Mr Berry asked the Minister for Industrial Relations:

In your response to question on notice No. 199 concerning the Construction Industry Training Fund you advised that there is a proposal for `the establishment of an on-site skill centre to be run by MBA Group Training Inc' which seeks an amount of $300,000 to be paid in instalments over a 12 month period and that you proposed to seek the advice of the ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Council.

Since the amount sought is significantly greater than the other amounts approved over the last year -

(1) If such a proposal is approved; (a) what will be the impact on the Fund; and (b) specifically what amount will be remaining for any other projects.

(2) Will the MBA proposal be considered along with other proposals or is it to be considered outside the normal processes.

(3) In referring the MBA proposal to the Training Council will you be indicating support for the proposal or offering any recommendation to the Training Council.

(4) Does the Fund have any recurrent or proposed commitments which may be affected by approval of the MBA proposal.

Mr De Domenico: The answer to Mr Berry's question is as follows:

1. I have now agreed to the MBA proposal in principle and approved the release of an initial $75,000 from the Construction Industry Training Fund (the Fund) as a first instalment to MBA Group Training (ACT) Inc for the skills centre. The release of an initial $75,000 from the Fund, expected in July 1996 will leave a balance of $57,681 in the Fund at that time (this includes the July top up for the April-June quarter). This amount is therefore available for disbursement for approved projects during the first quarter of 1996/97. The second instalment for the skills centre is not due until December 1996 or January 1997, and the third and fourth instalments over the period to August 1997. To ensure the skills centre is established and remains viable I have provided a guarantee that it will have first call on available money in the Fund at January 1997. The Registrar of the Long Service Leave Board has advised that the Board expects the Fund to be topped up by approximately $49,000 over the first two quarters of 1996/97.

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