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Thursday, 20 September 2007
Page: 180


Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, in writing, on 7 December 2006:

(1)   For the remainder of the 2006-07 financial year, how many additional staff does the Minister’s department and agencies expect to employ.

(2)   For the 2006-07 financial year to date, what efficiency gains have been made by the Minister’s department and agencies.


Mr Abbott (Minister for Health and Ageing) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

In the following answer, Department includes the core Department of Health and Ageing, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) and the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS).

(1)   The following table shows the additional staff employed by the department and its agencies up to the end of the financial year.

Headcount

Department

481

Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency

0

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

0

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

0

Cancer Australia

0

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

5

General Practice Education and Training

0

National Blood Authority

0

National Health and Medical Research Council

51

Private Health Insurance Administration Council

1

Private Health Insurance Ombudsman

1

Professional Services Review

0

(2)   The Minister for Finance and Administration will respond to this part of the question.