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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 163


Mr Bowen asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, in writing, on 24 May 2005:

(1)   How many media and communications officers are employed in the Minister’s department.

(2)   How many media and communications officers were employed in the Minister’s department in 1996.

(3)   What sum was allocated to the media and communications unit in 1996-1997, (b) 2004-2005, and (c) 2005-2006.


Mr McGauran (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) —The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

(1)   There are 21 media and communications officers employed in the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. This includes 10 officers at Old Parliament House, the National Portrait Gallery, Artbank and the M2006 Taskforce.

(2)   Unable to respond. Details of position by organisational unit in 1996 are not held in the Department’s current human resources system.

(3)  

(a)   Unable to respond. In accordance with the Archives Act 1983 and the Administrative Functions Disposal Authority, accounting records were destroyed after seven years.

(b)   In 2004-2005 the total budget (including staff and administrative costs) of the Corporate Media and Communications Unit was approximately $1.48 million. The budget for the specialist areas of Old Parliament House, the National Portrait Gallery, Artbank and the M2006 Taskforce was approximately $1.53million.

(c)   In 2005-2006 the total budget (including staff and administrative costs) of the Corporate Media and Communications Unit is approximately $1.51 million. The budget for the specialist areas of Old Parliament House, the National Portrait Gallery, Artbank and the M2006 Taskforce is approximately $2.2 million.