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Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Page: 3745


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 12 February 2008:

As at 26 November 2007, with reference to the department and all agencies in the Minister’s portfolio:

(1)   How many employees are engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring.

(2)   What are the responsibilities of these staff.

(3)   What are the Australian Public Service classifications of these positions.

(4)   For each of the financial years 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11, what is the current operating budget for these media-related sections within the department or agency.


Senator Sherry (Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

The information provided below relates to the minister’s portfolio after the machinery of government changes that took place on 3 December 2007.

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

(1)   The number of employees engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring is 54.5 full-time equivalents.

(2)   The responsibilities of these staff include:

  • develop and implement communication strategies
  • provide communication advice to internal clients
  • organise ministerial and departmental launches and special events
  • write and edit departmental and ministerial print and on-line communications materials
  • write and edit departmental and ministerial speeches and media releases and ministerial forewords
  • identify media opportunities for minister and department
  • respond to and coordinate responses to media requests
  • provide advice and support for handling media issues
  • manage media monitoring contract; develop media reports and analysis
  • prepare articles for external publications
  • crisis communications preparedness and response
  • manage departmental publishing requirements
  • manage publication distribution, subscriptions and mailing list databases
  • respond to web, email or phone requests for information from the general public
  • maintain and manage departmental websites content and links
  • provide communications, media, and writing training for departmental staff.

(3)   The APS classifications of these staff are:

DAFF Band 1 Level 1

DAFF Band 1 Level 4

DAFF Band 2 Level 5

DAFF Band 2 Level 6

DAFF Band 3 Level 7

DAFF Band 3 Level 8A

DAFF Band 3 Level 9

DAFF Science Band 3 Level 3A

SES Band 1

0.6

5.6

6.6

14.3

14.8

7.2

4.0

1.0

0.4

(4)   The current operating budget (all figures GST exclusive) for these media-related sections is:

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

7,157,540

8,066,102

Not known

Not known

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

(1)   The number of employees engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring is 2.8 full-time equivalents.

(2)   The responsibilities of these staff include:

  • manage agency public affairs staffing requirements
  • develop agency strategic communications plans and project specific campaigns
  • media liaison and spokesperson
  • media monitoring
  • maintain website and intranet
  • manage stakeholder communications
  • plan and execute communications campaigns
  • manage staff and industry communications.

(3)   The APS classifications of these staff are:

AFMA Band 3 (APS Level 6 equivalent)

AFMA Band 4 (Executive Level 1 equivalent)

AFMA Band 5 (Executive Level 2 equivalent)

1.0

0.8

1.0

(4)   The current operating budget (all figures GST exclusive) for these media-related sections is:

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

550,900

576,522

Not known

Not known

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

(1)   The number of employees engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring is 4.0 full-time equivalents.

(2)   The responsibilities of these staff include:

  • manage agency public affairs staffing requirements
  • develop agency communications strategy
  • manage agency media liaison and issues requirements
  • manage agency web and intranet
  • develop and manage agency publications.

(3)   The APS classifications of these staff are:

APS Level 4

APS Level 5

Executive Level 1

Executive Level 2

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

(4)   The current operating budget (all figures GST exclusive) for these media-related sections is:

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

642,066

661,148

684,985

709,697

Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation

(1)   The number of employees engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring is 1.0 full-time equivalents.

(2)   The responsibilities of these staff include:

  • coordinate and deliver external communication and public relation functions
  • develop agency communication strategies.

(3)   These staff are not employed against APS classifications.

(4)   The current operating budget (all figures GST exclusive) for these media-related sections is:

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

125,500

128,150

133,300

138,600

Biosecurity Australia

(1)   The number of employees engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring is 1.7 full-time equivalents.

(2)   The responsibilities of these staff include:

  • develop and implement communication strategies
  • provide communication advice to internal clients
  • write and edit agency and ministerial print and online communications
  • write and edit agency and ministerial media releases
  • respond to and coordinate responses to media requests
  • provide advice and support for handling of media issues
  • prepare articles for external publications
  • produce and manage agency publications, including distribution, subscriptions and mailing list databases
  • respond to web, email or phone requests for information from the general public
  • maintain and manage agency website content and links.

(3)   The APS classifications of these staff are:

DAFF Band 3 Level 7

DAFF Band 3 Level 8A

0.7

1.0

(4)   The current operating budget (all figures GST exclusive) for these media-related sections is:

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

226,419

222,222

229,311

236,684

Cotton Research and Development Corporation

(1)   The number of employees engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring is 1.1 full-time equivalents.

(2)   The responsibilities of these staff include:

  • public affairs management
  • media liaison
  • produce corporate publications and reports.

(3)   These staff are not employed against APS classifications.

(4)   The current operating budget (all figures GST exclusive) for these media-related sections is:

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

280,301

286,573

296,801

307,401

Export Wheat Commission

(1)   The number of employees engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring is 1.2 full-time equivalents.

(2)   The responsibilities of these staff include:

  • manage and develop agency communication strategies and operational plans
  • identify and manage agency media issues
  • produce and distribute agency reports and publications
  • develop corporate reports and publications including the agency annual report
  • media monitoring.

(3)   The APS classifications for these staff are:

APS Level 6

Executive Level 2

1.0

0.2

(4)   The current operating budget (all figures GST exclusive) for these media-related sections is:

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

148,506

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

The Export Wheat Commission will cease operations on 30 June 2008.

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

(1)   The number of employees engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring is 2.0 full-time equivalents.

(2)   The responsibilities of these staff include:

  • develop and implement communication policy and related activities
  • respond to media requests and provide an organisation spokesperson
  • develop communications media
  • stakeholder management
  • project extension (outreach)
  • publications development and management.

(3)   These staff are not employed against APS classifications.

(4)   The current operating budget (all figures GST exclusive) for these media-related sections is:

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

450,000

450,000

450,000

450,000

Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation

(1)   The number of employees engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring is nil.

(2)   not applicable.

(3)   not applicable.

(4)   not applicable.

Grains Research and Development Corporation

(1)   The number of employees engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring is 1.0 full-time equivalents.

(2)   The responsibilities of these staff include:

  • develop and implement corporate communication strategies
  • public affairs
  • media liaison
  • media monitoring
  • issues management
  • internal communications.

(3)   These staff are not employed against APS classifications.

(4)   The current operating budget (all figures GST exclusive) for these media-related sections is:

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

444,015

Not known

Not known

Not known

Land and Water Australia

(1)   The number of employees engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring is 9.2 full-time equivalents.

(2)   The responsibilities of these staff include:

  • develop and implement strategies for engagement of key stakeholders and the transfer of knowledge to a range of audiences for the adoption of findings of research funded by Land and Water Australia
  • assess knowledge and adoption plans incorporated in research proposals, and the implementation of those plans
  • develop and manage both the corporate website and websites focused on particular research programs
  • write and edit a range of publications produced to further the adoption of LWA-funded research
  • manage publication processes and distribution of publications
  • arrange and manage events held to increase adoption of LWA-funded research
  • write and distribute media statements and respond to media questions

(3)   These staff are not employed against APS classifications.

(4)   The current operating budget (all figures GST exclusive) for these media-related sections is:

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2,250,000

2,250,000

2,250,000

2,250,000

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

(1)   The number of employees engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring is 3.0 full-time equivalents.

(2)   The responsibilities of these staff include:

  • develop, implement and monitor agency communications strategy
  • prepare and distribute media releases; respond to media enquiries
  • organise public launches and events
  • manage agency web content
  • manage agency publications
  • prepare briefing material, speeches and presentations for management, board members and minister
  • design and production of publications, brochures, leaflets, newsletters and display material
  • sale and distribution of research publications
  • assist in adoption of agency research by farmers and other stakeholders

(3)   These staff are not employed against APS classifications.

(4)   The current operating budget (all figures GST exclusive) for these media-related sections is:

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

822,000

834,000

766,000

739,000

Sugar Research and Development Corporation

(1)   The number of employees engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring is 1.0 full-time equivalents.

(2)   The responsibilities of these staff include:

  • manage communication channels with agency stakeholders and audiences.

(3)   These staff are not employed against APS classifications.

(4)   The current operating budget (all figures GST exclusive) for these media-related sections is:

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

130,050

130,050

Not known

Not Known