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Monday, 28 November 2005
Page: 158


Mr Bowen asked the Prime Minister, in writing, on 31 May 2005:

(1)   How many persons were employed by the Minister’s department in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, (h) 2003-2004, (i) 2004-2005).

(2)   What was the rate of staff turnover in the Minister’s department in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, (h) 2003-2004, (i) 2004-2005.


Mr Howard (Prime Minister) —I am advised that the answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   This information is available in the Department’s Annual Reports.

(2)   The Department does not hold specific aggregated data relating to the turnover of staff for the periods sought. In 2004-2005, the staff turnover rate was 38%. The department has a high proportion of staff who are seconded to the department for task forces, and they are included in this figure.