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Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Page: 12788

Department of Human Services: Mobile Phones and Tablets

(Question No. 1057)


Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Human Services, in writing, on 17 August 2015:

(1) What sum did the Minister's department spend in 2014-15 on the purchase and/or lease of (a) mobile phones, and (b) tablet devices for (i) Ministerial staff, and (ii) departmental staff. (2) What sum was spent on telecommunications contracts associated with these devices by (i) Ministerial staff, and (ii) departmental staff.


Mr Robert: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Phones and tablets expenditure within the 2014-15 financial year was as follows:

(a) Purchase / lease of mobile phones

   (i) The Minister and ministerial staff $0

   (ii) Departmental staff $0*

* Within the Managed Telecommunication Services Contract, the department has an allowance per contract period (12months) for the purchase of mobile phone handsets. The department did not exceed that allowance, thus the cost was $0.

(b) Purchase / lease of tablet devices

   (i) The Minister and ministerial staff $0

   (ii) Departmental staff $4,197,810

(2) Contract expenditure associated with these devices within the 2014-15 financial year was as follows:

(i) The Minister and ministerial staff $11,971

(ii) Departmental staff $1,601,282