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Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Page: 144


Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Early Education, Childcare and Youth, upon notice, on 25 November 2008:

(1)   Can details be provided, as of 24 November 2008, of the total number of all staff in:

(a)   the Minister’s office whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy; and

(b)   the department whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy.

(2)   Can details be provided of the aggregate salary and superannuation costs during the 2008 calendar year for all staff in:

(a)   the Minister’s office whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy; and

(b)   the department whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy.

(3)   Can details be provided of the aggregate travel costs during the 2008 calendar year for all staff in:

(a)   the Minister’s office whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy; and

(b)   the department whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy.

(4)   Can details be provided of the aggregate mobile phone costs during the 2008 calendar year for all staff in:

(a)   the Minister’s office whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy; and

(b)   the department whose job description involves: (i) media relations, (ii) media advice, (iii) public relations, (iv) public affairs, (v) communications, and (vi) communications strategy.

(5)   Can a breakdown be provided of every review, inquiry and committee which is being conducted in the department that has been announced since 1 December 2007.

(6) (a)   How many of the department’s reviews, inquiries and committees are in progress or incomplete as of 24 November 2008; and (b) What are their reporting dates.

(7)   In regard to each of the department’s review, inquiry and committee (completed and incomplete as of 24 November 2008) that has or is being conducted during the 2008 calendar year:

(8)   For the 2008 calendar year, what is the total cost of each departmental review, inquiry and committee, including staff wages, consultancy costs, travel and any other associated expenditure (please itemise for each).


Senator Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) —The Minister for Education and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Early Education, Childcare and Youth have provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)  

(a)   As at 24 November 2008, there are two staff in the Office of the Hon Julia Gillard MP and one in the Office of the Hon Kate Ellis MP, whose job description predominantly involves media relations, media advice, public relations, public affairs, communications, and communications strategy.

(b)   As at 24 November 2008, there are 33 departmental staff whose job description predominantly involves media relations, media advice, public relations, public affairs, communications, and communications strategy.

(2)  

(a)   Annual salaries for the relevant ministerial office staff range from $62,124 to $109,967, plus an appropriate annual Parliamentary Staff Allowance ranging from $16,550 to $17,874. Superannuation costs are paid at rates depending on individual circumstances.

(b)   Annual salaries for the relevant departmental staff, under the notional DEEWR pay scales that commenced from September 2008, range from $51,745 to $107,014. Superannuation costs are paid at rates depending on individual circumstances.

(3)  

(a)   The aggregate travel cost from 1 January to 24 November 2008 for the relevant staff in the ministerial offices is $61,673. This may include travel costs not directly associated with the work of media relations, media advice, public relations, public affairs, communications and communications strategy, should these costs have been incurred.

(b)   The aggregate travel cost from 1 January to 24 November 2008 for the relevant staff in the department is $92,195. This may include travel costs not directly associated with the work of media relations, media advice, public relations, public affairs, communications and communications strategy, should these costs have been incurred.

(4)  

(a)   The aggregate mobile phone costs from 1 January to 24 November 2008 for the relevant staff in the ministerial offices is $4,817. This may include costs not directly associated with the work of media relations, media advice, public relations, public affairs, communications and communications strategy, should these costs have been incurred.

(b)   The aggregate mobile phone costs from 1 January to 24 November 2008 for the relevant staff in the department is $2,925. This may include costs not directly associated with the work of media relations, media advice, public relations, public affairs, communications and communications strategy, should these costs have been incurred.

(5)   to (8) My Department tabled related information in its Senate Estimates responses EW788_09, EW971_09 and EW974_09.