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Tuesday, 10 October 2000
Page: 18243


Senator Faulkner asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 6 July 2000:

As a dollar amount and as a percentage of the Department's total outlay on salaries, what was the cost of: (a) staff training; (b) consultants; and (c) performance pay, in the 1999-2000 financial year.


Senator Kemp (Assistant Treasurer) —The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Dollar amount

Percentage of salaries

Staff Training

$721,278 (a)

1.8%

Consultants

$3,288,215 (b)

8.2%

Performance Pay

$565,239 (c)

1.4%

(a) Includes costs of conferences and seminars, training courses, studies assistance, and SES development programs, but not `on the job' training costs and indigenous cadetship programs

(b) Includes consulting fees, travel costs, product testing, and other incidental costs.

(c) Performance-related payments made to staff during the 1999-2000 financial year amounted to $565,239. However, these payments relate to an 18 month appraisal period.