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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5313 ..

(a) 2001-2002;

(b) 2002-2003;

(c) 2003-2004 (to date?

2. What assistance has been given to these potential business and skilled migrants in 2003-2004 (to date)?

3. How much money has been spent on this assistance in 2003-2004 (to date)?

Mr Stanhope

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

1. Unless a potential business migrant is formally introduced - in which case the potential business migrant completes an Introductory Form 927 - it is not possible to determine the exact number of potential business migrants who have received assistance by staff of the ACT Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Approximately 20 potential business migrants are assisted each week through telephone or internet enquiries.

With regard to formal introductions, 37 potential business migrants have submitted Introductory Form 927 during the period 1 July 2003 to date.

2. Assistance is provided in a number of ways:

if it is a telephone enquiry, people are advised to visit the ACT Office of Multicultural Affairs' website address which contains detailed sponsorship guidelines;

if it is an email enquiry, sponsorship guidelines are attached and returned;

if the person visits the Office, the guidelines are discussed in greater detail and a brief oral presentation is given providing an overview of what Canberra has to offer with regard to education, health, housing and recreational facilities, as well as the current economic climate of the ACT;

if a potential business migrant brings in a business plan, this is examined in great detail to ensure that it meets all ACT sponsorship requirements, and if not, it will be returned to the potential business migrant for additional information; and

if all requirements have been met, a potential business migrant is offered a Territory Sponsorship.

3. The Office has a dedicated Senior Officer Grade C staff member who manages the business migration function. The cost of this is $68,976.

National Convention Centre

(Question No 1087)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, upon notice, on 19 November 2003:

In relation to the National Convention Centre.

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