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Wednesday, 15 March 2000
Page: 12909


Senator Faulkner asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 21 September 1999:

(1) How many internal staff development courses has the department, or any agency in the portfolio, conducted since 3 March 1996.

(2) What is the cost of internal staff development courses the department, or any agency in the portfolio, has conducted since 3 March 1996.

(3) How many staff have attended internal staff development courses the department, or any agency in the portfolio, has conducted since 3 March 1996.

(4) (a) How many internal staff development courses conducted by the department, or any agency in the portfolio, since 3 March 1996 have contained training on making decisions under the Freedom of Information Act; and (b) of this number, how many: (i) were specifically focusing on the subject of freedom of information decisions, and (ii) how many dealt with the issue amongst others.

(5) What is the total cost of the courses in (4).


Senator Ellison (Special Minister of State) —The Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs (DETYA) does not collect or retain any central statistical record of the number of internal development courses which it has conducted and is not prepared to commit resources to answer this question for the period since 3 March 1996.

(2) DETYA does not collect or retain any central statistical record of the costs of internal development courses and is not prepared to commit resources to answer this question for the period since 3 March 1996.

(3) DETYA does not collect or retain any central statistical record of the number of staff who attended internal development courses and is not prepared to commit resources to answer this question for the period since 3 March 1996.

(4) DETYA does not collect or retain any information about which courses referred to the Freedom of Information Act 1982. The Department has previously developed and is currently developing new training on the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

(5) As DETYA has not collected information on which courses referred to the operations of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, the Department.