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Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Page: 1123


Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services, in writing, on 16 September 2009:

(1)   Does the Minister and/or Parliamentary Secretary have a departmentally maintained website or websites; if so, can a list of these websites be provided.

(2)   Can a list be provided of all redevelopments (including re-skins) of these websites since 24 November 2007, including: (a) the total cost for each redevelopment; (b) who undertook each redevelopment; and (c) whether the website, or draft versions thereof, were market-tested before going live; if so, by whom and what was the total cost of the market testing.

(3)   Does the department: (a) post all of the Minister’s and/or Parliamentary Secretary’s press releases, speeches and transcripts on these websites; and (b) have any guidelines for the posting of political material on these websites.

(4)   Has the department ever refused to post material on these websites due to their political nature; if so, on how many occasions.


Senator Ludwig (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The Minister for Human Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Yes. One website www.mhs.gov.au.

(2)   A refresh occurred with each change in Minister (three times):

  • Ellison.
  • Ludwig.
  • Bowen.

(a)   Ellison:         APS6 4 weeks       ($5,910)         EL1 1 week                            ($1,648)         Total = $7558         The same templates and process was used for the following two Ministers, which reduced the cost:         Ludwig:         APS6 2 weeks       ($2,955)         Bowen:         APS6 2 weeks       ($2,955)

(b)   The Media and Communication Branch of the Department of Human Services.

(c)   No external market-testing occurred before ‘going live’.

(3) (a)   on www.mhs.gov.au.

(b)   Yes - As per website maintenance arrangements, and AGIMO guidelines the Department of Human Services publishes Ministerial press releases, speeches and transcripts on www.mhs.gov.au.

(4)   No.