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Tuesday, 15 August 2006
Page: 123


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, upon notice, on 14 July 2006:

(1)   What Senate estimates training sessions have officers of the Minister’s departments and agencies attended in the past 3 financial years, by year.

(2)   For each of the past financial years, (a) how many officers participated in, and (b) what was the total cost of, training for Senate estimates, by department and agency and by financial year.

(3)   Where training has been provided by a private provider, what was the name of the provider and the associated cost.


Senator Minchin (Minister for Finance and Administration) —The Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources has held three Senate Estimates Training Workshops in the last three financial years.

(2)   Details on the number of attendees and the cost of the workshops are as follows: 24 May 2004 (2004-2005)

(a)   22 officers of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources attended this workshop.

(b)   The cost of the workshop held on 24 May 2004 was $5 500. 10 February 2006 (2005-2006)

(a)   16 officers of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, 1 officer of IP Australia and 1 officer of Geoscience Australia attended this workshop.

(b)   The cost of the workshop held on 10 February 2006 was $5 500. 1 August 2006 (2006-2007)

(a)   20 officers of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources attended this workshop.

(b)   The cost of the workshop held on 1 August 2006 was $5 500.

(3)   Media Gurus were engaged to conduct all three Senate Estimates Training Workshops. As mentioned above, each Workshop cost $5 500.