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Friday, 28 November 1986
Page: 4086

(Question No. 4697)


Ms McHugh asked the Minister for Housing and Construction, upon notice, on 25 September 1986:

(1) What are the (a) number of person hours involved in and (b) cost of outside contract surveying and drafting services used by his Department and instrumentalities responsible to him in (i) 1984-85, (ii) 1985-86 and (iii) 1986 to date, including work contracted out to the Australian Survey Office.

(2) Are there any instances where surveying or drafting requirements have not been satisfied due to limitations on the resources of (a) his Department or instrumentalities responsible to him or (b) the Australian Survey Office.


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

Drafting work is an integral part of the Design of Capital Works, the Asset Management Program and the Fit Out of Leased Premises; this work is executed partly by in-house staff and partly by contract personnel and consultants.

Under existing administrative arrangements the Australian Survey Office provides specialist services to the Department of Housing and Construction at my Department's request. The Department of Housing and Construction does not `contract out' this work to the Australian Survey Office, nor under current administrative arrangements is it charged by the Australian Survey Office for the professional services provided.

The estimated number of person-hours and cost of contract surveying and drafting services used by agencies in the Housing and Construction portfolio, excluding work undertaken by the Australian Survey Office, are as follows:

In my Department:

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

1 (a)

420,000

500,000

100,000

(b)

$6.72m

$9.25m

$1.90m

For the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation:

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

1 (a)

87

1,457

494

(b)

$1,566

$38,512

$23,250

2 (a) No. (b) The Australian Survey Office is responsible for the staffing and funding of its surveying services and I am therefore unable to comment on whether or not it has been able to respond to all requests for surveying services because of resource limitations.