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Monday, 12 September 2011
Page: 9834

Ministers: Staff, Capital Works and Acquisitions

(Question No. 246)

Mr Briggs asked the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs , in writing, on 3 March 2011:

(1) How many personal staff are employed by the Minister.

(2) What is the (a) total cost, and (b) breakdown of costs, of all capital works and acquisitions in the Minister's private office since 3 December 2007.

Ms Macklin: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The employment of staff under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 is administered by the Department of Finance and Deregulation. On 22 February 2011, the Department tabled with the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee a list of Government Personal Staff Positions as at 1 February 2011.

(2) The cost of capital works and acquisitions for Ministers' Offices is shared by the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS), Department of Finance and Deregulation (DoFD) and home departments in line with Appendix 2 of Supporting Ministers, Upholding the Values. The Special Minister of State will accordingly respond on behalf of all Ministers in respect of costs incurred by the DPS and DoFD.

I am advised that the costs incurred by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs are as follows:

(a) and (b) At 3 March 2011, the total cost of all capital works was $0 and total cost of acquisitions was $81,096 for items in Minister's private office in the ministerial wing of Parliament House. A breakdown of the costs of acquisitions is provided below.

Acquisition Description

Total Cost (excl GST)

IT Equipment


Safes and shredders


Photocopiers (leased)


Other Equipment