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Thursday, 5 December 1974
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Mr Snedden asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has mobility within the Australian Public Service, between the Australian Public Service and private industry and between the Australian Public Service and State Public Services increased since 2 December 1 972.

(2)   How is any increased mobility measured.

(3   ) Will he incorporate a table showing this increase.

Mr Whitlam - The Public Service Board has provided the following answer to the right honourable member's question:

(   1 ) No central record of the destination of persons leaving the Service is maintained nor is a central record kept of the last place of employment of recruits to the Service. It is therefore not possible to measure mobility between the Australian Public Service and the State Public Services or private industry.

There are different ways of defining mobility. In the context of the right honourable member's question, it is assumed that by mobility within the Service it is meant movement of staff between departments and between States. Tables showing promotions involving movement inter-State and interdepartment were included in the Board 's Annual Reports for 1973 and 1974 in the item 'Statistics of Interdepartmental Promotions'. These tables would indicate there was an increase between 1972 and 1973 in interdepartmental promotions and in inter-State promotions.

(2)   See(l).

(3)   Summary statistics for interdepartmental and interState promotions for the years 1972 and 1973 were as follows:


Australian Government Employees: 35-hour Week (Question No. 1678) Mr Snedden asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Is it still the intention of the Government to reduce the working week of Commonwealth employees by 1% hours to 35 hours.

Mr Whitlam - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

I should point out that the standard 40 hour week determined by the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission is observed by a large number of Australian Government employees. The 36% hour week is observed by office workers of the Australian Government, but these only comprise a little over half the total number of Australian Government employees.

As regards any reduction in the standard weekly hours, the Government continues to take the attitude that a working week of 35 hours is a reasonable aspiration for Australian Government employees as long as a reduction in weekly working hours does not involve an increase in the amount of overtime being paid, a reduction in productivity or an increase in staff.

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