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Wednesday, 29 March 2006
Page: 200


Mr Bowen asked the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, in writing, on 1 November 2005:

Did the Minister’s department engage Mercer Consulting to provide special research, preparation and presentation of a report on remuneration management at a cost of $13,343; if so, (a) who received the presentation and (b) why was it considered necessary to engage an outside consultant.


Mr Brough (Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs) —The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

Yes

(a)   The Departmental Remuneration Committee received the presentation.

(b)   Mercer Consulting conducted the 2004 APS Remuneration Survey. FaCS engaged them to provide more detailed analysis of their data to assist FaCS in considering its own remuneration issues.