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Tuesday, 27 October 1964

Senator PALTRIDGE - The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honorable senator's questions -

There has been no instance in 1964 in which the Board has had to take extraordinary measures to correct inefficiency or lack of economy in a department. In an organisation as large as the Service, work methods and forms of organisation do not, of course, remain static and considerable effort is directed, in a continuing way and by a variety of means, to maintaining the efficiency of the Service at a satisfactory level.

Appendices 2 and 3 attached to the Public Service Board's annual report for 1963-64 contain many examples of review and developmental work undertaken by Board and Departmental Organisation and Method, Work Study and other Sections; the full time of officers of these Sections is spent in improving organisation, procedures and systems, including the use of modern mechanical and electronic equipment. In addition, special training courses conducted by the Board and departments, detailed in Appendix 6 of the Board's report, constitute an important means of improving levels of efficiency, of preparing officers for new fields of work such as automatic data processing and of disseminating within the Service knowledge of new practices and management techniques

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