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Monday, 7 November 2011
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Australian Communications and Media Authority

(Question No, 1256)


Senator Birmingham asked the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, upon notice, on 23 September 2011:

(1) How many programs are there within the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

(2) Can a breakdown be provided over the forward estimates of each program including:

(a) program title;

(b) program summary;

(c) whether the program is ongoing, lapsing or terminating;

(d) administered and departmental costs; and

(e) program staffing numbers and location.

(3) Are there any cross-portfolio programs within ACMA; if so:

(a) what are the titles of these cross-portfolio programs and what departments/agencies are involved; and

(b) what is the expenditure breakdown of the cross-portfolio programs (e.g. administered and departmental costs).


Senator Conroy: The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) The ACMA has two ongoing programs:

Communications regulation, planning and licensing; and

Consumer safeguards, education and information.

(2) (a) See the Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) 2011-12 page102-108.

(b) See the Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy PBS 2011-12 page102-108.

(c) Ongoing.

(d) See the Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy PBS 2011-12 page102-108.

(e) The staffing level of 625 employees (BCDE PBS 2011-12 page 102), are engaged across both the programs. The ACMA is unable to quantify the staff numbers per program, as they perform duties across both the programs and can be located anywhere within Australia.

(3) The ACMA does not have any cross-portfolio programs.