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Monday, 21 November 2011
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Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

(Question No. 1274)


Senator Fifield asked the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice , on 12 October 2011:

(1) In regard to expenditure, can a breakdown be provided of total expenditure (departmental and administered) by program component and service within outcome 5 for:

   (a) the 2010-11 financial year; and

   (b) the forward estimates.

(2) In regard to staff, for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 financial years can a breakdown be provided of the number of staff that worked within each program, program component and service within outcome 5 by Australian public service level.

(3) In regard to regulations, can a breakdown be provided of the number of regulations that are associated with each program, program component and service within outcome 5.

(4) In regard to staff travel, for the 2010-11 financial year, can a breakdown be provided for each program, program component and service within outcome 5 of the following:

   (a) the total value of flights (domestic and international) flown by employees who have the entitlement to travel, broken down by class (economy, premium economy, business, first); and (b) the total value of accommodation expenditure by employees employed who have the entitlement to travel.

(5) In regard to advertising, for the 2010-11 financial year, can a breakdown be provided of the total value of advertising expenditure by program, program component and service within outcome 5.

(6) In regard to hospitality and entertainment, for the 2010-11 financial year, can a breakdown be provided of the total value of expenditure on hospitality and entertainment (food, beverages, alcohol, catering, room hire) by program, program component and service within outcome 5.

(7) In regard to information and communications technology, for the 2010-11 financial year, can a breakdown be provided of the total value of expenditure on information and communications technology including equipment (computers, ipads, phones) and services (contractors), by program, program component and service within outcome 5.

(8) In regard to consulting, for the 2010-11 financial year, can a breakdown be provided of the total value of expenditure on consulting by program, program component and service within outcome 5.

(9) In regard to staff education and training, for the 2010-11 financial year, can a breakdown be provided of the total value of expenditure on staff education and training (university courses, classes, seminars, workshops) by program, program component and service within outcome 5.

(10) In regard to external accounting, for the 2010-11 financial year, can a breakdown be provided of the total value of expenditure on external accountants by program, program component and service within outcome 5.

(11) In regard to external auditing, for the 2010-11 financial year, can a breakdown be provided of the total value of expenditure on external auditing by program, program component and service within outcome 5.

(12) In regard to external legal advice, for the 2010-11 financial year, can a breakdown be provided of the total value of expenditure on external legal advice by program, program component and service within outcome 5.

(13) In regard to memberships, for the 2010-11 financial year, can a breakdown be provided of the total value of expenditure on memberships to stakeholder organisations by program, program component and service within outcome 5.

(14) Can a list of all office locations used by the department under outcome 5 be provided, by program, program component and service, indicating:

   (a) whether the office location is leased or owned;

   (b) its size (in square metres);

   (c) the value and depreciation of the buildings that are owned; and

   (d) the rent per square metre of the buildings that are leased.


Senator Arbib: The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator ' s question:

(1) (a) and (b), (2) to (3), (4) (a) and (b), (5) to (13) and (14) (a) to (d) To provide the information sought would entail a significant diversion of resources and I do not consider the additional work can be justified.