Annual Report 2011/2012 Professional Standards Councils
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19Professional Standards Councils Annual Report 201112 STAr grANTS prOgrAM The Star Grants Program invites occupational associations and professionals participating in a Cover of Excellence scheme to apply for funding for projects that focus on improvements to occupational standards. The Councils administer the program with the assistance of the Star Grants Committee, which provides advice on grant management. Round #1 (2010-11) applicants were selected through a merit-based, two-phased process that involved an expression of interest and an invitation-only application. The Councils invited four applicants to enter funding agreements in early 2011-12. The total value of awarded grants was $160,830. Case studies on the round #1 projects can be found on the new Star Grants website at www.stargrants.com.au, which was launched in March 2012. The Councils have completed two of the four projects from round #1 and are working with the remaining grant recipients to complete the other two projects. In preparation for round #2 (2011-12), the Councils approved a name change from the Star Grants Initiative Program to the Star Grants Program. They also restructured the application process to a single application. Applications for round #2 were open from 1 October 2011 to 31 March 2012 and accepted through the Star Grants website. In May 2012, the Star Grants Committee recommended a number of projects to Councils. The Councils have also invited a number of applicants to enter funding agreements. INTer-gOVerNMeNTAL AgreeMeNTS ANd OpSC The Professional Standards Agreement 2005, was reviewed and a new one executed in 2011 by the Standing Committee of Attorneys General. This agreement allows common membership of all State and Territory Professional Standards Councils and stipulates the provision of common secretariat support for all the Councils to be provided by the NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice. On 1 July 2010, operation commenced of two service agreements: the Professional Standards Councils and Departmental Procurement of Services Agreement 2010 and the Professional Standards Councils InterDepartmental Service Agreement 2010. These agreements formalise co-operation between all States and Territories, ensuring that the expenditure of the OPSC and by the Councils themselves is allocated between jurisdictions in an equitable manner. On 30 June 2012, all parties agreed to extend both service agreements for the next 12 months. Table 5: The outcomes from round #1 grant recipient Project Amount awarded Victorian Bar Professional credentialising for indictable crime $38,000 Institute of Public Accountants Online public practice quality assurance for accountants $70,000 Edwards Collins Group Practical risk management in public practice for accountants $10,000 Medico-Legal Training Australia (MLTA) Prevention of elder abuse $42,830 O P E R AT IO N S