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Thursday, 16 June 2011
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Finance and Deregulation: Staffing

(Question No. 623)

Senator Siewert asked the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, upon notice, on 27 April 2011:

With reference to the department and the agencies within the Minister's portfolio:

(1) What is the total number of staff currently employed.

(2) What is the total number of staff with a disability currently employed.

(3) What policies or programs are in place to encourage the recruitment of people with a disability.

(4) What retention strategies are in place for people with a disability.

(5) What career pathways or plans are on offer for people with a disability; if none, why.

(6) Are there any specific targets for recruitment and retention; if not, why not.

(7) What policies, programs or services are there to support staff with a disability.

(8) Can details be provided of any policies, programs, services or plans currently under development within the department and its agencies, concerning the employment of people with a disability.

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

(1) 1651 (ongoing as at 30 April 2011)

(2) 27 (ongoing as at 30 April 2011).

(3) The Finance Diversity Strategy and Framework 2010-2012 aims to increase representation and support for four identified groups, one of which is people with disability.

(4) to (8) Finance is currently developing a Disability Action Plan (anticipated to be approved and implemented by 30 June 2011).