Estimates: Multicultural Affairs DCSI (2017)





Mr Tarzia substituted for Ms Sanderson.

Mr Griffiths substituted for Mr Speirs.

Mr Gardner substituted for Mr Knoll.



Hon. Z.L. Bettison, Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Minister for Social Housing, Minister for the Status of Women, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Youth, Minister for Volunteers.


Departmental Advisers:

Mr T. Harrison, Chief Executive, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.

Ms S. Wallace, Executive Director, Community Services, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.

Ms A. Chooi, Director, Strategic Finance, Financial and Business Services, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.

Ms N. Rogers, Director, Office of the Chief Executive, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.

Mr G. Myers, Principal Coordinator, Strategic Projects, Office of the Chief Executive, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.

Ms J. Kennedy, Director, Engagement and Grants, Community Services, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.


The CHAIR: I welcome back the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Before we get started, there is an agreed time frame: 1.15pm to 2pm is Multicultural SA, and 2pm to 2.30pm is Office for Volunteers. I declare the proposed payments open for examination. I refer members to Agency Statements, Volume 1. I now invite the minister to introduce any new advisers she has with her and then make an opening statement, if she wishes.

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I welcome my new committee members here today. To my left is Tony Harrison, Chief Executive, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion; to my far left is Angela Chooi, Director, Strategic Finance, Financial and Business Services; to my right is Sue Wallace, Executive Director, Community Services. I have an opening statement.

In South Australia, we can pride ourselves on the vitality and overall success of our multiculturalism, but we must also acknowledge the enormous scope of effort that underpins this success. This includes the government's strong partnership with the multicultural community and sector. Also fundamental is a commitment to not only celebrating and promoting our state's vibrant multiculturalism but recognising and responding to the diverse needs, aspirations and contributions of those who choose to call South Australia home.

Some of our communities have become well established over generations; others are recent. People come to South Australia to work or study, they come to pursue opportunities, they come to join families and loved ones and they come fleeing unspeakable trauma. They come in hope of a better life. Our multicultural program must reflect this diversity of need, strengths, perspectives and circumstances.

The Multicultural Action Plan for South Australia 2017-18, which is developed in consultation with the sector, is one way this government is demonstrating its commitment to responding to our diverse communities. Officially released in November 2016, the action plan demonstrates our commitment to building, strengthening and celebrating our multicultural communities and ethos. Implementation of the action plan is well underway with:

the development of the South Australian interpreting and translating policy for migrant and non-verbal (sign) languages, a whole-of-government interpreting and translating policy which commences from January 2018;

the development of a Say No To Racism training package, which will be implemented as a full-day course by the South Australian division of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in late 2017;

the continued development of the Living Safe Together program in partnership with the commonwealth government, including the development of the Youth Inclusion Intervention program; and

a cultural awareness training module for public sector staff, which will be available in late 2017.

Our Multicultural Infrastructure Grants program has continued to support grassroots infrastructure for communities—places where they can connect with each other and with the wider community. The program allocates $1 million per annum to support community organisations in constructing or upgrading facilities.

In 2016-17, six organisations received this funding. The Stronger Families, Stronger Communities Grants program provides one-off funding to community organisations for projects that address priority needs and issues and improve outcomes for culturally diverse communities. From 2015-16 to 2016-17, the program had a budget allocation of $2 million, with 13 organisations receiving funding over the two-year period.

The Grants SA program also includes multicultural communities as a priority group and provides further opportunities for one-off funding throughout the year. In 2016-17, $450,000 was available to develop and strengthen multicultural communities and organisations, with 103 projects receiving funding. We also continue to celebrate our cultural diversity through a vast number of multicultural festivals and events. Some of these are iconic events that have been well-established over generations.

Importantly, we also provide support for new and emerging communities to share their cultural heritage, including through the third Multicultural Festival, which will be held in Rundle Mall on Sunday 5 November this year. It has been a privilege to continue to serve as Minister for Multicultural Affairs during 2016-17 and to support this government's vision of an open, inclusive, cohesive and equitable multicultural society, where diversity is understood, valued and supported.

I would also like to express my appreciation to all our multicultural communities for the wonderful contribution they make to a strong and resilient South Australia. I make mention of the bipartisan relationship both sides of parliament express and commit to our multicultural communities. I am very committed to our communities, and I see that that commitment is also followed through.

It is a great joy of mine to be the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. I know, through the years I have had this role, that I have got to know the South Australian community in greater depth than I ever would have. I think the shadow, if I may speak on his behalf, would probably express the same opinion. It is a unique role within the South Australian government, but it is a role that is incredibly important and a very special opportunity.

The CHAIR: Thank you. Member for Morialta, do you have an opening statement?

Mr GARDNER: Yes, very briefly. Can I thank the minister for her opening statement and reflecting on the importance of the bipartisanship of multicultural affairs as a policy area. It is very important that new people coming to South Australia do not feel alienated in any way for having a different heritage and stories in their culture, and in fact feel that they are celebrated across the South Australian parliament. This is something I think is very important. I have some questions, sir.

The CHAIR: Yes.

Mr GARDNER: In relation to the multicultural part of this department, as best I can tell most of the multicultural matters are contained within sub-programs 1.2 and 1.5 on pages 107, 108 and 112 of Budget Paper 4, Volume 1. I cannot imagine too many questions coming from outside those budget papers. I will start with sub-program 1.2, page 108, as a reference for all my questions. If there is anything else, we can deal with that as it comes.

At last year's 2016 estimates it was identified that the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC) received $409,000 out of sub-program 1.2's funding line. That included four full-time equivalent staff, three of whom I think were directly working for SAMEAC and one for Multicultural SA, but all were funded under that same line. In addition to that, the SAMEAC chair's salary was listed as $27,000, and that was in addition to those four FTEs. Can the minister first clarify: does the $27,000 salary for the SAMEAC chair come out of the $409,000 allocated to SAMEAC in the 2016-17 budget year?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I am advised that it does, and there is no material change in the department's allocation to support the commission. It is $410,000 in this year's budget.

Mr GARDNER: So, the minister has confirmed $410,000 for 2017-18. Do you have a figure for each year of the forward estimates for SAMEAC?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I do not have that detail, but I would expect it would be a similar amount of money going forward.

Mr GARDNER: Of the $409,000 that was budgeted for SAMEAC in 2016-17, do we have an estimated final result or a final result for how SAMEAC went, whether they were right on the money for that $409,000 figure?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: Yes, they were. The estimated result is $410,000.

Mr GARDNER: Confirming that going forward for 2017-18 we continue with four FTEs plus the SAMEAC chair?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I am advised that in 2016-17 we have three full-time equivalents. I am not sure where the fourth came from.

Mr GARDNER: In the 2015 estimates the minister identified that back then it was $304,000 for SAMEAC, which was three full-time staff plus $105,000 for Multicultural SA to support SAMEAC, which, I am told, was a fourth. Last year, with all the funding being moved into sub-program 1.2, I think we established that it was four full-time staff and $409,000. That is where mine are coming from. Is that correct?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I am advised that there have been some different divisions within community services as to how that is allocated. If you are asking me about the FTEs for SAMEAC, I would say three FTEs. Of course, there are supplies and services and those board fees as well, which takes us to $410,000.

Mr GARDNER: Is there a person working for your department whose full-time job is to assist SAMEAC and who is not counted in those three FTEs under SAMEAC?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I will ask Sue Wallace to detail that.

Ms WALLACE: Staff across the division of community services support the work of SAMEAC, so there is constant interaction between support for SAMEAC and the work of the division. There is also a direct report line for one of the staff members supporting SAMEAC back into the division.

Mr GARDNER: What is the financial value of that report line?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I think we might go to the FTEs that are involved. As you might recall from previous conversations, we have combined within the organisation Volunteers, Youth and Multicultural. So, what we have are 120.9 FTEs across that community sector. Grants management is 28 FTEs, community sector capacity building is 14 FTEs, policy development is 22 FTEs, place-based Aboriginal programs is 43 FTEs and the corporate allocation is 13.9 FTE allocation. That is across that division. Of course, we have had some changes where the interpreting and translating centre now sits within DCSI's corporate services division, and that probably has some changes from previous times.

Mr GARDNER: In relation to the funding in Sub-program 1.5: Multicultural Services, page 112, is any of that $3.4 million directed by the work of SAMEAC and, if so, how much? Does any of that money go towards supporting SAMEAC?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I am advised that is purely the grant line we have that is detailed in sub-program 1.5.

Mr GARDNER: That is the multicultural grants?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I am happy to detail those grants—

Mr GARDNER: We could potentially consider that later, but that is not my question. That is just those grants which are determined by the department. What grant programs, if any, are determined by SAMEAC?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: There is no direct funding that SAMEAC directs. However, two representatives usually sit when we make decisions on Grants SA, as part of the Grants Assessment Panel. Historically, members from SAMEAC have always had a role in that assessment or advisory process, and they continue to do so, amongst other people as well.

Mr GARDNER: When did SAMEAC cease to have a role in determining those grants, other than the members of SAMEAC who now sit with the grants assessment panel? When was that change made?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I would argue that they never ceased having a role within that.

Mr GARDNER: Can I ask the question in a different way then, perhaps: when did the process change?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: As you may recall, Grants SA commenced in April 2016, and that is when the new procedure started. As I am advised—and I stand to be corrected—it was never purely just SAMEAC members making that decision. Members of the department always sat on the GAC, the previous grants advisory committee, and not just SAMEAC.

Mr GARDNER: Indeed; so since April 2016 we have had the new model. SAMEAC members sit on this panel only for the assessment of multicultural grants; is that correct?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: No, they sit across the board. It is not just two people, but two people each time. As you might know, we do the minor rounds, finishing at the end of every month. The medium round is four times a year and the major round is twice a year. The commitment to being on the assessment panel is quite significant. We train several SAMEAC members who nominate to be available. It would be potentially two different people every time we bring together this assessment panel. We find that the more often they do that the more efficient and the quicker they are.

Mr GARDNER: Is there a publicly available list of the members of the grants committee and how often they have sat as part of the panel? If not, are you able to provide that information? I am particularly interested in the SAMEAC members who have participated in this.

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: We do not have a list in front of us. Whenever I note the outcome of these grants, there is mention of who is on the panel at that time, so it will take some time for us to get that. I can be very clear to you that a variety of people spend time on those grants programs.

Mr GARDNER: How often does that panel meet? How often has it met?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: Obviously, it would have to meet at least once a month because of the minor rounds. I will ask Sue for those details.

Ms WALLACE: The minor round meets monthly, the medium round meets four times a year and the major round of $50,000 a year meets twice a year.

Mr GARDNER: There have been 18 meetings per year, then. I appreciate that the minister said that she will be able to get back to me in relation to the SAMEAC members sitting. If we are talking about 18 meetings of this group, can we have a list of who sat on those panels for those meetings?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I do not have a problem with sharing that information with you. The key thing I would say is that this was a pilot program that we started last year, and we have made tweaks to make it work as efficiently and effectively as possible, but that process has remained the same.

Mr TARZIA: I refer to Budget Paper 4, Volume 1, page 112. The financial table shows an increase of $33,000 in expenses for multicultural services in the 2017-18 budget. Can the minister explain where the additional $33,000—

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I understand that is indexation. It was 1.7 per cent in 2016-17 and it will be 2 per cent in 2017-18.

Mr TARZIA: Is the minister able to provide a breakdown of the total number of expenses within multicultural services?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: Obviously, it will be our grants program, including the core funding. I am happy to go there, if we are all ready. Perhaps I could talk through the key parts to this, and then if we wish we can go further. Are you asking about the 2017-18 year, or you would like to focus—

Mr GARDNER: 2017-18.

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: There was $450,000 for the Celebrating Diversity program. That includes our major festivals and three-year funded festivals and the Multicultural Festival, which I mentioned will be in November this year. There is $400,000 in core funding and other contributions, and I will talk through that later. There are Grants SA and Multicultural SA one-off grants of $400,000; Stronger Families, Stronger Communities, $1 million; Multicultural Infrastructure Grants, $1 million. That takes us to the $3.34 million.

Mr KNOLL: Is there a breakdown on the Multicultural Infrastructure Grants?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I can do that. While we are looking for that, in regard to the core funding in the budget of 2016-17, it was $10,000 to the Australia Day Council; $22,550 to The Ethnic Broadcaster; Multicultural Communities Council of SA, $186,441; the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters, $53,124; the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation Inc., $10,000; the Don Dunstan Foundation, $5,000; the Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia, $95,630; and the women's leadership course, $12,000. That is our core funding.

You were asking about the infrastructure grants program. The six projects that were funded through the Project Proposal stream in 2016-17 comprised the Adelaide Sri Lanka Buddhist Vihara Inc. as a contribution towards building a new facility, including a community hall and accommodation block; the Northern Area Migrant Resource Centre, to upgrade an existing facility to include a separate community activity room; the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia, to upgrade facilities—

Mr GRIFFITHS: Minister, do you also have the dollars attached to each of those areas?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: Sorry—the Sri Lankan figure is $45,117; the Northern Area Migrant Resource Centre, $150,000; GOCSA, $200,000 to improve disability access, upgrading the Olympic Hall foyer to make it wheelchair accessible and installing a disability access toilet; the Guru Nanak Society of Australia Inc., to renovate the temple to accommodate weekly community programs for families living in Port Augusta and the Iron Triangle to include a small library and kitchen upgrade, freestanding pergola and paving, $20,000; the South Australian German Association, to improve disability access by installing accessible front foyer doors, a scissor lift to the bistro area and two unisex disability access toilets, $150,000; and the Vietnamese Women's Association, to install a stair lift to provide access to people with a disability, $11,000.

In 2017-18, there was $1 million budgeted that will be done over two rounds. The priority for 2017-18 is to increase the accessibility of facilities. Five people were successful in the first round: the Community Centre, Serbia and Montenegro SA Inc., to install a new front-loading dishwasher to make volunteer kitchen work easier and safer, $16,055; the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia trading as the Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged, towards building a gym which meets the specific needs of older people, $100,000; Alliance Francaise d'Adelaide Inc., to install wheelchair accessible ramps at the front of the building and renovate internally and externally, $34,364; the Australian Refugee Association for funding towards a shared multicultural community hub, $89,735; and Amazing Northern Multicultural Services Inc. for funding towards the upgrade of facilities, including a kitchen and toilets for $90,000. There is a second round of multicultural grants.

Mr GRIFFITHS: I am impressed that within 27 days of a financial year you have spent that level of funds already.

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: Because, under Treasurer's Instructions, we need to spend the money in a set period of time, we advertise prior to the beginning of the financial year for it to be spent within that year. We have learnt a lot with this infrastructure program because it was a new program less than two years ago, and one of the things was to make sure that people were ready. I like to describe us as the icing on the cake—not the cake, the flour, the eggs, the milk or the butter, one might say.

We need to have people at a certain readiness, so we have looked at project proposals. For example, people have to have council approval, have the designs made up and be able to complete it. So, we learn how to work well with people. We are doing a lot more engagement with communities to make sure they understand at what point they need to be before they put their applications in.

Mr GRIFFITHS: The applications cannot be funded retrospectively for projects already undertaken, only for those in the planning.

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: No.

Mr TARZIA: I refer to Budget Paper 4, Volume 1, page 105. Outlined in the financial table, it states that the total number of full-time employees in the program Thriving Communities has a total of 753.6 FTEs. Can the minister please provide a breakdown of the number of FTEs within multicultural services as at 30 June 2017?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: Sorry, the Thriving Communities sub-program does not relate to multicultural affairs, and I detailed earlier how we break down the FTEs.

Mr TARZIA: So, in Budget Paper 4, Volume 1, page 105, you are saying that the Thriving Communities program—

Mr GARDNER: Thriving Communities includes multicultural services.

Mr TARZIA: Yes, from page 105 it does appear that—

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: My apologies. That is where the staff are located.

Mr TARZIA: Could you elaborate on that?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: My apologies again. There are no FTEs allocated to the sub-program. As I said before, we consolidate those with the Office for Youth, Volunteers and Carers and Multicultural SA. We have a consolidated policy team enabling the integrated policy and program development there and, therefore, employee expenditure and FTEs are reported in Sub-program 1.2: Community Services. I detailed that breakdown just before. So, it is 120.9 FTEs: grants management, 28; community sector capacity building, 14; policy development, 22; place-based and Aboriginal programs, 43; and then we have a corporate allocation of 13.09.

Mr TARZIA: How much is allocated to the one-off grants program from multicultural services?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: It is 400,000 but, of course, when you are considering all of that funding you would have to look at the major festivals and the three-year festivals, so that is a combination.

Mr TARZIA: I am sure this is the part we have all been looking forward to: is the minister able to provide a breakdown of all the organisations that were successful in receiving 2016-17 grants from Multicultural Affairs? Can this include the amounts and what the grant was for, and if you have allocated to them for 2017-18 as well?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: This is specifically for multicultural funding. While I read these multicultural ones, because of the way we have reformed Grants SA, multicultural groups have also been able to sometimes get money through what was the Charitable and Social Welfare Fund or stuff for volunteers as well, but primarily it is through multicultural. That is just to say that, when they have been applying, they can do that.

Mr GARDNER: Minister, can I quickly clarify, before you go through the multicultural list: those multicultural groups that did receive grants through one of those other two programs you have just identified, are they going to be included in the list you are about to read?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I can detail those for you. It is just a handful, but I am saying that probably was not something that they looked at previously. I think you are specifically asking about the Grants SA one-off or are you asking for major festivals and three-year festivals as well?

Mr TARZIA: Grants from multicultural affairs.

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: We will start with the major festivals then. The major festivals are the Unmasked African Festival, $20,000; the Alliance Francaise, the French markets, $15,000; the Australian-Indonesian Association of SA, Indofest, $20,000; the Chinese New Year festival, $30,000; and the Carnevale Italian Festival. To be clear on this, it was $21,800 this last financial year, but they are changing the date, so I have worked with them; they traditionally get a much higher amount of that money. There is the Phillipine Fiesta, which is one of our new major festivals, $15,000; the Glendi Greek Festival, $60,000; the Indian Mela, $30,000; Salam Festival, $15,000; Schutzenfest, $20,000; and the Tet Lunar New Year, $30,000.

The three-year festivals are the Onam Festival, which is the Adelaide and Metropolitan Malayalee Association, $5,000; the Newroz Festival of the Adelaide Kurdish Youth Society, $10,000; the Adelaide Tamil Association, Sangamam festival, $5,000; Congolese Community Network Access, cultural festival and independence day, $5,000; Croatian Sports Centre SA, through the Croatian Food and Wine Festival, $5,000; Dozynki, the Polish Harvest Festival, $10,000; the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Third Archdiocesan District—Intercommunities Council, which does the Glenelg Greek Festival, $5,000; the Norwood Greek Festival, $5,000; GOCSA, which does the Hellenic Cultural Festival Odyssey, $5,000; and GOCSA, the George Street community Greek festival, $5,000.

Further, there is the Greek Orthodox Community of the Nativity of Christ Port Adelaide and Environs, Semaphore Greek cultural festival, $5,000; the Guru Nanak Society, Lohri Mela, $5,000; the Holy Mary of Montevergine Association, $5,000; Eid al-Fitr, for the Islamic Information Centre, $5,000; the Japan Australia Friendship Association, the Kodomo no Hi, known as Children's Day, $10,000; the Korean Culture and Food Festival, $10,000; the Laziza festival, $10,000; the Liberian cultural festival, otherwise known as the Kendeja FEST, $5,000; the Middle Eastern Communities Council of South Australia, Nowruz—Middle Eastern New Year, $5,000; and the Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia, SA Refugee Week, $10,000.

There is also the Pan-Macedonian Association of South Australia, the Dimitria Greek Festival, $5,000; Port Lincoln Tunarama Inc., Mosaic on Eyre event, $5,000; the Riverland Youth Theatre and Riverland Multicultural Forum, Riverland Harmony Day, $5,000; the Sikh Society of South Australia annual Vaisakhi dinner, $5,000; the South Australian Bangladeshi Community Association, Bijoy Dibosh Festival, $5,000; the Dutch Community Incorporated, Dutch festival, $10,000; the Zhu-Lin Buddhist Association, Chinese New Year celebration, $5,000; and Welcome to Australia, Walk Together, $10,000.

The multicultural funding in the minor rounds—this is obviously people applying at the end of every month; they can apply through that—are the Kannada Rajyotsava celebration of art and culture, $3,500; Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samitee, Shivgarjana Adelaide live music band, $1,500 and the same group and a similar event in 2016, $2,340; Adelaide Sri Lanka Buddhist Vihara, Sri Lanka New Year 2017, $4,500; Adelaide Tamil Association, Deepavali Festival of Lights, $5,000; the Afghan National Association of Australia, Nowruz Afghan New Year event, $800; the Arabic Language and Culture Association of South Australia, the monthly Arabic cultural exchange session, $5,000; Armenians connect and celebrate, through the Armenian Cultural Association of South Australia, $3,500; and the Carabinieri, the yearly anniversary dinner dance showcasing Italian culture and uniforms, $2,500.

It also includes the Australian Donna Association, exploring the legacy of the Italian language across generations of women, $5,000, and the Australian Irish Dancing Association, showcasing the culture of Irish dance, $5,000. Adelaide Migrant Resource Centre had MYLink Strengthened Connections, $5,000, and a Syrian Young Active Ambassadors Positive Stories Project, $4,800.

The list includes the South-East Asian Women's Association, upgrade of office equipment, $5,000; the Austrian Association of South Australia, 60 Year Gala Ball, $3,000; and the Bangladesh Puja Cultural Society have Bengali New Year, $4,200, and Kali Puja 2016, $1,255.

Further, it includes the Bhutanese Australian Association of South Australia, settlement day event, $5,000; Bosniaks' Association, outdoor upgrade, $4,734; Bosnian Herzegovina Muslim Society, a dishwasher, $3,947; Bund der Bayern, purchasing traditional costumes, $3,500 and they also received microphones for $2,900; C.a.F.E Enfield childcare centre, multicultural families with special needs support group, $2,025; Cambodian New Year Festival, $5,000; digital literacy for seniors, $4,878; and Chinatown Double Seventh Festival, $5,000.

It includes Chinese Music and Arts, which received three grants, one for the CALD youth forming Chinese Orchestra purchasing instruments, $4,507, and the purchase of costumes and stools, $3,007, and the set-up and pilot of Young Oriental Harmonies, $4,388; Christian Outreach Centre, sponsoring of Lifeforce Bubble Ball Soccer, $4,200; Divine Orchestra Music Ministry purchasing a PA system for the Wild Night in Australia program—I highly recommend it—$5,000; FICSA, Club 60 at the Federation of Indian Communities, senior events, $4,800; the Filipino Settlement Coordinating Council of SA, independence day community celebrations, $5,000; Freedom Ministries, community food project, $5,000; [email protected] independence day celebration, $3,225; and Gurjari SA's Navratri Garba, $3,090. I did go to that and it was 12 hours of dancing, which I did not do, but it was quite an exceptional event to go to.

The list continues with the Hindu Council of Australia's Deepavali Mela, $5,000; Hungarian Korosi Csoma Sandor Cultural Circle, upgrading digital equipment, $1,800; IAASA's India's independence day celebration; Iranian Women Organisation, which is a new organisation set up just recently, Nowruz Bazaar, $4,480—

Mr GARDNER: Sorry, minister, how much was the Indian Australian Association just before?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: That was $2,500. It is separate to the Mela. It is a different event that they have. Continuing the list, it includes the Iraqi Community Cultural Association, $3,500; Iraqi Families United of South Australia's Iraq Annual Dinner, $2,100; JusticeNet SA, legal practice resources for volunteers, $4,725; Keli Adelaide, $5,000; Kenya Association, $4,913; the Fly Away identity workshops with Afghan Youth for Lutheran Community Care, $4,613; Magwi Development Agency, volunteer training; and Many Threads Fund, independence day and graduation, $3,220. MCC have several: learning from each other, $2,000; multicultural youth development project, $2,500; Harmony Picnic Day, $5,000; and a multicultural playgroup, $4,337.

It also includes the Hellene and Hellene-Cypriot Women of Australia, data projector, $2,243; Overseas Chinese Association, Mid-Autumn Festival, $4,600, and the 35th anniversary celebration open day, $5,000; Pakistan-Australia Literary Forum, $2,200; Panache Adelaide French Theatre, $5,000; and Papua New Guinea Association, independence day, $1,600.

It continues: Pashtun Association equipment needs, $714; Punjab Aussie Association of South Australia, Vaisakhi Mela, $4,700; Reedbeds Community Centre, Big BBQ, $2,653; Shruthi Adelaide, Celebration of Womanhood, $3,170, and Young Talents Day, $3,020; Sinhala Broadcasting Service, community radio, $2,500; Somali Bantu Community Association, community tours, $5,000; Bor community, their community national day, $3,053, and communication tools to improve information, $3,450; Telangana Association, festival, $2,150, and basic assets for the community; the Bangladeshi Community Association, Bengali New Year Festival, $3,000; the Swiss Club of South Australia, anniversary celebration, $4,036; and, the Burundian community, 12th anniversary and Multicultural Independence Day celebration, $3,500.

Further, we had the Dante Alighieri Society of South Australia, Italian playgroup, $4,995; the House of Arts and Culture, Seeking the Light Valentine Night, $3,500; Latvian Relief Society, new oven and stove, $2,098; the Slovenian Club, enhancing communication and engagement, $5,000; Uniting Church in Australia, equipment for op shop, $1,748; the Vietnamese Catholic community in SA, family day, $3,500; Turkish Association of South Australia, celebrating the Turkish Republic, $2,367; the United Sudanese Community Association, equipment, $4,924; the Vietnamese Community in Australia, Trung Thu—Vietnamese Children's Full Moon Festival, $4,000; the Fiji Association, cultural dinner, $3,000; and, the Zomi Innkuan Adelaide have three grants: thanksgiving day, $5,000, office equipment, $5,000, and, national day celebration, $2,000.

There are medium rounds as well, including: the Adelaide Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samitee Incorporated, $9,000; African Communities Council, purchase of office equipment for Elizabeth office, $7,620; Alliance Francaise d'Adelaide, floor coverings, $9,981; the Australia Day Council of South Australia, the city parade workshops, $7,149; Australian Refugee Association, Harmony Day and Refugee Week, $7,520; and Centacare Catholic Family Services, Youth Mental Health Resource Translation Project, $12,570.

CO.AS.IT—something that the member for Hartley is very aware of—have done an excellent pilot, which is building wellbeing and resilience across CO.AS.IT Ageing Italian Community, $17,418. While we are talking about CO.AS.IT, they have done these apps to help with communication for those people often going back to their birth language. Now they have collaborated with both the Bhutanese and the Vietnamese communities to develop this app. I have to say, excellent work, and I am really proud of the work they have done.

The medium round continues: Cyprus Festival, $16,332; Greek Orthodox Community and Parish of Norwood and Eastern Suburbs, supply two new electric ovens, $13,660; IAASA, equipment for the hall, $18,975; Let's Talk Together Association, $6,058; the Vietnamese Women's Association, Looking Back...Looking Forward, $10,842; and, Volunteering SA and NT, management conference, $16,500.

In the major rounds, we have the Australian Refugee Association, crucial comforts, $5,000; Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast, Me and IT, $7,000; SIN, the multicultural project officer for CALD; Teen Challenge SA, reroofing client and volunteer rehabilitation facilities; and the Anangu Aboriginal Corp.

I think a few crossed over. For the minor rounds, Adelaide Bangladeshi Cultural Club, for their festival, received $1,254, under what was the CBSA. ARA received $5,000 for their multicultural hub. The Puja society received $3,526 for Durga Puja 2016 and Saraswati Puja 2017. Emo'ya'M'mbondo, a Sudanese group, received $4,820 for some office equipment.

Magwi Development Agency received $5,000 for women of strength supporting each other, MCC training resources for digital life admin, crockery and a multicultural playgroup. The Pashtun Association received money for equipment. The Tanzanian Community Association received $1,525 for the Family Day Out. The Burundians received $2,350 for their soccer community event. There is more availability across those grants, but most multicultural groups apply for the SA grants program.

The CHAIR: I hope that answers your question, member for Hartley.

Mr TARZIA: I am happy for you to take this on notice, minister. Is the minister able to provide a breakdown of all the organisations who were refused 2016-17 grants from multicultural affairs? Can this include the reasons as to why these groups were refused the grant funding?

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: When you say 'refused', first of all—

Mr TARZIA: Declined.

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I just need to clarify. When people apply to Grants SA, there are some people who are ineligible to apply because it does not fit our grants criteria, then there are people who are eligible but it was oversubscribed. Are you keen to know who was eligible but did not get a grant?

Mr TARZIA: Correct.

The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: They would not have got a grant because they would have been ranked by the assessment panel.


The Hon. Z.L. BETTISON: I do not know if I have all that information. I will have to take that on notice and see what I can provide for you. It is obviously quite substantial. It is probably equal to the amount of people I have just read out now.