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Thursday, 10 October 1996
Page: 5263

(Question No. 416)


Mrs Crosio asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 19 June 1996:

Have any (a) full-time and (b) part-time members of the Australian Public Service been made redundant since 2 March 1996 at the Minister's Department's offices in (i) Fairfield and (ii) Merrylands, NSW; if so, in each case, how many; if not, have (A) staff reductions been planned for either office or (B) staff been approached to accept voluntary redundancy.


Mr Ruddock —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(a)(i) No; (b)(i) No.

(a)(ii) No; (b)(ii) No.

(A)(i) The Department has identified six positions at Fairfield Regional Office that may be excess to requirements. As required by the General Employment Conditions of Service Award 1995, the Department completed the consultation process with the Community and Public Sector Union.

(A)(ii) The Department has identified one position at Merrylands Regional Office that may be excess to requirements. As required by the General Employment Conditions of Service Award 1995, the Department has commenced the consultation process with the Community and Public Sector Union.

(B)(i) Six staff members at Fairfield Regional Office have formally been approached to accept voluntary redundancy.

(B)(ii) At this stage of the process, no staff member at Merrylands Regional Office has been formally approached to accept voluntary redundancy. In line with the requirements of the General Employment Conditions of Service Award 1995, no staff member will be approached until consultation with the Community and Public Sector Union has been completed.