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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 799 ..

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the Member's questions is as follows:

1 The $60, 000 allocated to the Women's Grant Program is more than for the previous financial year.

2 A nominal allocation of $40,000 each year was provided to Womensport and Recreation ACT for the delivery of programs, including the Women's Grant Program.

The following table outlines the amount allocated by Womensport and Recreation ACT

for the Women's Grant Program during the past five calendar years:

Calendar Year



$22,240 (unaudited)








$11, 924

Womensport and Recreation ACT operates on a calendar year.

3 I am not prepared to authorise the use of the very considerable resources that would be involved in providing the detailed information required to answer the Member's question. The question is open to various interpretations, any of which would require detailed data extraction.

There is no definitive response to this question based upon current data. Sport and Recreation ACT would need to conduct a comprehensive audit to provide data relating to not only the direct funding of women's sporting organisations , but also the funding of programs for women's participation in sport . If such an audit was conducted the following may skew the data outcomes:

� SRGP funding is not provided on the basis that it must be utilised proportionally for a particular gender, nor a specific target group.

� The majority of sport and recreation organisations in the ACT are not gender biased thus provide participation opportunities for both sexes.

� Most traditional sports have progressed toward the amalgamation of gender-based organisations (eg. hockey, lawn bowls) to increase efficiency, share resources and provide a common strategic direction for the activity for all participants.

� Projects allocated under the SRGP that target women may not be at the exclusion of all other participants.

In respect to the National League Team Program however, the levels of funding have been reviewed in 2002 with the view to providing greater equity in funding to women's sport. This has resulted in women's sporting teams receiving a 13% increase in funding from the National League Team Program for the 2002-03 financial year. This increase has included the introduction of the Canberra Eclipse (women's soccer) into the program and an increased level of support for the Canberra Capitals (women's basketball), equivalent to that of the Canberra Raiders and the ACT Brumbies.

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