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Thursday, 16 February 2012
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Australian International Airports: Staffing

(Question No. 739)


Mr Baldwin asked the Minister for Home Affairs , in writing , on 21 November 2011 :

How many Australian Government staff are currently deployed at each of Australia's international airports, what are their roles and what sum did these officers cost the Government in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10, (d) 2010-11, and (e) 2011-12 (to date), including their salaries and other costs associated with their work.


Mr Clare: The answer to the honourable member' s question is as follows:

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

(a) The number of Customs and Border Protection FTE deployed at each of Australia's international airports as at 30 November 2011 is:

Airport

Number of staff

Sydney

513.6

Brisbane

231.4

Gold Coast

57.4

Cairns

43.9

Darwin

53.5

Melbourne

292.8

Adelaide

46.0

Perth

162.1

Total

1400.7

 

(b) These staff are deployed to efficiently and effectively manage end-to-end passenger and crew processing that supports legitimate travel and the interventions needed to prevent the illegal movement of people and goods across the border. Customs and Border Protection staff currently perform a range of activities which include:

Primary processing of travellers into and out of Australia;

Risk assessment of travellers and goods, including pre-flight screening;

Secondary examination of travellers, their baggage and goods;

Searching aircraft and vehicles;

Monitoring airport operations and persons of interest using Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) equipment;

Conducting patrols of Customs and Border Protection controlled areas;

Assessing and collecting revenue; and

Processing Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) claims.

(c) The costs associated with these staff performing the above duties are:

Airport

Year

Year

Year

Year

Year YTD*

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

Sydney

Employees

41,961,439

44,836,396

46,505,169

46,750,292

17,779,211

Other Suppliers

760,151

924,913

794,229

341,160

104,626

Brisbane

Employees

18,963,440

19,882,521

21,541,920

21,504,318

8,164,319

Other Suppliers

676,709

515,317

500,577

261,785

91,996

Gold Coast

Employees

2,143,987

3,462,148

4,289,803

4,849,330

2,010,092

Other Suppliers

144,214

135,650

166,811

76,983

348,952

Cairns

Employees

7,473,183

6,941,161

5,067,152

4,954,170

1,875,533

Other Suppliers

257,295

202,689

184,560

117,715

81,494

Darwin

Employees

4,318,735

4,965,186

5,365,582

4,935,438

2,040,925

Other Suppliers

301,353

308,131

312,174

181,972

250,908

Melbourne

Employees

24,687,335

26,269,704

26,419,240

27,419,271

10,646,876

Other Suppliers

669,341

632,743

668,816

236,618

116,311

Adelaide

Employees

3,761,249

3,929,664

4,047,927

4,065,959

1,627,642

Other Suppliers

246,228

212,273

203,155

71,962

22,477

Perth

Employees

12,691,103

14,904,462

15,088,828

14,545,876

5,768,961

Other Suppliers

493,649

346,253

273,306

147,647

160,798

Total Employee Expenses

116,000,471

125,191,242

128,325,622

129,024,653

49,913,559

Total Other Suppliers

3,548,939

3,277,969

3,103,628

1,435,844

1,177,563

TOTAL

119,549,410

128,469,211

131,429,250

130,460,497

51,091,122

*Note : 2011/12 are Year To Date figures at end November 2011.

Australian Federal Police

The number of Australian Federal Police staff deployed at each of Australia's international airports on 31 October 2011 was 644 staff. A breakdown of these figures is provided in Table 1 below.

The role of AFP members at airports is to deliver a sustainable, efficient and effective law enforcement capability focused on deterring and responding to acts of terrorism, the provision of uniformed policing and the investigation of serious and organised crime in the aviation stream.

Table 1: Number of Australian Federal Police staff deployed at each of Australia ' s international airports

 

Number of Full-Time Equivalent Staff

AIRPORT SITE

AFP

Seconded State/

Territory Police

Total

Perth

69.4

10.0

79.4

Darwin

24.8

10.0

34.8

Brisbane

86.6

12.5

99.1

Cairns

38.8

9.7

48.5

Gold Coast

41.5

4.4

45.9

Melbourne

89.4

12.4

101.9

Adelaide

39.4

5.3

44.7

Sydney

142.8

8.0

150.8

Canberra

39.0

0.0

39.0

TOTAL

572.0

72.0

644.0

N.B. The above data excludes Hobart Airport and Alice Springs Airport which are not designated International Airports.

 

Table 2: Cost of Officers to the Australian Government

 

Cost of Officers to the Australian Government

including salaries and other costs associated with their work

AIRPORT SITE

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

as at 31 Oct 11

Perth

17,779,611

9,348,299

10,611,092

11,578,458

5,840,717

Darwin

6,095,944

5,009,024

6,238,608

5,906,411

1,443,385

Brisbane

9,453,156

10,673,468

12,692,285

14,035,766

4,006,359

Cairns

4,293,591

4,897,099

6,310,827

6,417,469

1,987,768

Gold Coast

3,658,497

4,472,638

5,966,242

6,280,767

1,903,365

Melbourne

11,597,713

9,990,155

13,157,626

12,162,705

4,148,913

Adelaide

6,020,772

5,390,362

6,010,558

6,442,918

1,915,206

Sydney

20,333,740

17,572,921

18,484,936

18,986,371

5,473,541

Canberra

3,606,925

3,537,073

3,809,026

4,663,189

1,508,101

Total

82,839,949

70,891,039

83,281,200

86,474,054

28,227,355

 

Explanatory Notes:

All data is actuals as per cost centre reports from SAP Financial System.

Costs attributed to officers (staff) include the following expense categories:

Employee, Communications, Motor Vehicle, Staff, Operational Costs, Training, Travel, Sponsored Activity, Security (including Aviation Security Identification Card access).

Full-time equivalent data as at 31 October 2011 includes AFP full-time equivalent and Supplier paid State Airport Uniform Police secondees.

The above data includes Uniformed Police which are comprised of Airport Police Commanders, Officer in Charge, Police Aviation Liaison Officers, Team Leaders and Team Members.

For 2007-08, Perth and Sydney costs were higher because there was a larger contingent of State Police.

The above data excludes costs attributed to Headquarters staff, Aviation Security Officers and Enhanced and National Canine members.