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Attachment 10.17.2

List of grants for abolition or merging
Grant Programme

Recommendation

Rationale

Export Market Development Grants Abolish Rationale provided in the Industry Assistance section of the Report and Appendix.
Asian Century Business Engagement Plan Grants Abolish Rationale provided in the Industry Assistance section of the Report and Appendix.
Rural Financial Counselling Service Abolish Rationale provided in the Industry Assistance section of the Report and Appendix.
Enterprise Connect Innovation Centres Abolish Rationale provided in the Industry Assistance section of the Report and Appendix.
Industry Innovation Precincts Abolish Rationale provided in the Research and Development section of the Report and Appendix.
Collaborative Research Abolish Rationale provided in the Research and Development section of the Report and Appendix.
Industry Collaboration Fund Abolish Rationale provided in the Research and Development section of the Report.
Innovation Investment Fund Abolish Rationale provided in the Research and Development section of the Report and Appendix.
Tourism Quality Grants Abolish Rationale provided in the Industry Assistance section of the Report and Appendix.
Small Business Advisory Services Programme Abolish Rationale provided in the Industry Assistance section of the Report and Appendix.
Commercialisation Australia Abolish Rationale provided in the Industry Assistance section of the Report and Appendix.
Enterprise Solutions Programme – Establishment Abolish Rationale provided in the Industry Assistance section of the Report and Appendix.
Voluntary Environment, Sustainability and Heritage Organisations Abolish The programme substantially overlaps with the objectives and outcomes of the National Landcare Programme.  Duplication of programmes is an inefficient use of public funds.
National Environmental Research Programme Merge Merging the programme into the Australian Research Council would reduce duplication of administrative support and processes, reducing costs to both the Commonwealth and researchers applying for funds.
Suburban Jobs Programme Abolish Urban planning is the responsibility of state and local governments, which are better placed to respond to local conditions and pressures.  There is little justification for Commonwealth intervention in this area.
ABRS National Taxonomy Research Grant Merge Merging the programme into the Australian Research Council would reduce duplication of administrative support and processes, reducing costs to both the Commonwealth and researchers applying for funds.
Community Broadcasting programme Abolish The Commonwealth Government already provides over
$1 billion per annum to the operation of the public broadcasters. There is a limited rationale for the Commonwealth to also subsidise community radio services. Continued government funding of this area does not meet the Report’s principles of good governance.
National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Programme Abolish The States have Constitutional responsibility for schools and as operators of school systems have much greater influence over day-to-day schooling policy. Consistent with the Commission’s principles of good government and recommendations on reforming school funding, there is a weak rationale for the Commonwealth to be involved in such detailed programme provision in schools.
Parliament and Civics Education Rebate Abolish The States have Constitutional responsibility for schools and as operators of school systems have much greater influence over day-to-day schooling policy. Consistent with the Commission’s principles of good government and recommendations on reforming school funding, there is a weak rationale for the Commonwealth to be involved in such detailed programme provision in schools.
Creative Young Stars Programme Abolish The States have Constitutional responsibility for schools and as operators of school systems have much greater influence over day-to-day schooling policy. Consistent with the Commission’s principles of good government and recommendations on reforming school funding, there is a weak rationale for the Commonwealth to be involved in such detailed programme provision in schools.

Source: National Commission of Audit.