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Monday, 7 September 2009
Page: 8873


Mr Ciobo asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, in writing, on 12 August 2009:

(1)   As at 11 August 2009, how many staff were employed in the (a) Arts, Heritage and Antarctic Group, (b) Arts Branch, and (c) Culture Branch, of his department, and (d) the National Portrait Gallery.

(2)   In respect of the (a) Arts, and (b) Culture branches of his department, and the (c) National Portrait Gallery, (i) what is the total budgeted funding for salaries and wages for the 2009-10 financial year, and (ii) what are the titles and roles of each staff member.


Mr Garrett (Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   As at 5 August 2009 average staffing levels are (a) the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Antarctic Group 686.0 staff including (b) 125.3 in Arts Division, (c) 70.4 in Culture Division and (d) 54.1 in the National Portrait Gallery.

(2)  

(i)   The total 2009-10 employee expense budget allocation for (a) Arts Division is $12.255m, (b) $7.363m for Culture Division and (c) $5.960m for the National Portrait Gallery.

(ii)   The preparation of a response to your question regarding the titles and roles of each staff member within Arts Division, Culture Division and the National Portrait Gallery would involve a significant diversion of resources which I am not willing to authorise.