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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 100

Question No. 201


Mr Porter asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 24 May 1983:

(1) Did he make a statement on 17 March 1983 regarding the employment of Aboriginals in the Department of Aboriginal Affairs; if so, how many Aboriginals (a) have been employed by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs since he made the statement, and (b) are employed in positions created and newly advertised after 17 March 1983.

(2) To what positions and at what salaries have Aboriginal appointments been made since that date and what percentage of his personal staff are Aboriginal.


Mr Holding —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) On 17 March 1983 at my first meeting with the Executive of the National Aboriginal Conference I expressed a wish to see more Aboriginals employed in my Department and suggested that if there was no other way than a system of preference, then I would consider approaching the Public Service Board with such a proposal.

(a) Between 17 March and 30 June 1983 a total of 41 Aboriginals have commenced employment with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

(b) No positions have been created and newly advertised since 17 march 1983.

(2) The 41 Aboriginals employed between 17 March and 30 June 1983 have been engaged at the following positions and salaries:

1 Typist, Grade 1 at $5,910 p.a.

1 Typist, Grade 1 at $8 274 p.a.

3 Typist, Grade 1 at $11 820 p.a.

1 Clerical Assistant, Grade 1 at $5 815 p.a.

1 Clerical Assistant, Grade 1 at $9,040 p.a.

2 Clerical Assistant, Grade 1 at $10,583 p.a.

6 Clerical Assistant, Grade 1 at $11 160 p.a.

1 Clerical Assistant, Grade 1 at $11,360 p.a.

5 Clerical Assistant, Grade 1 at $11,630 p.a.

6 Clerical Assistant, Grade 2 at $12,160 p.a.

1 Clerical Assistant, Grade 3 at $13,920 p.a.

3 Clerical Assistant, Grade 4 at $14,240 p.a.

1 Clerical Assistant, Grade 6 at $16,590 p.a.

1 Clerk, Class 1 at $8,715 p.a.

1 Clerk, Class 1 at $10,085 p.a.

2 Clerk, Class 1 at $12,450 p.a.

1 Clerk, Class 4 at $17,630 p.a.

1 Clerk, Class 5 at $19,830 p.a.

1 Clerk, Class 6 at $23,480 p.a.

1 Journalist, Grade A1 at $27,560 p.a.

1 Level 1, Second Division at $40,500 p.a.

Selections of applicants to positions on my personal staff have not yet been finalised but, at present, one of the five positions (20%) on my personal staff is occupied by an Aboriginal. In addition, an Aboriginal Liaison Officer is employed in my office to facilitate communication between the National Aboriginal Conference and myself.