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Tuesday, 23 March 1999
Page: 4146

Mr Bevis asked the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, upon notice, on 18 February 1999:

(1) Did the Office of the Employment Advocate advertise a senior executive position tasked with increasing the recognition and take-up rates of Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs) by employers; if so, (a) what are the duty statement and selection criteria for the position, (b) is funding for the position provided within the $3 million awareness campaign budget; if not, how is the position funded and (c) will the position attract performance pay; if so, what criteria will be used to determine performance pay.

(2) Have targets been set for the take-up rate of AWAs; if so, what are they.

(3) Do the advertisement and other publicity measures indicate a failure of the AWA process, in particular, and the Government's industrial relations initiatives, in general.

Mr Reith (Workplace Relations and Small Business) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes

(a) The duty statement and selection criteria for the position have been forwarded to the Table Office.

(b) No; funding is provided from the Office of the Employment Advocate's running costs.

(c) A Performance Agreement will be developed when the position is filled. The occupant of the position will be eligible for performance pay if their performance against the Performance Agreement is assessed as good or better.

(2) No.

(3) No.