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Wednesday, 25 February 1987
Page: 756

(Question No. 4695)


Ms McHugh asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 25 September 1986:

(1) What was the (a) number of person hours involved in the (b) cost of outside contract surveying and drafting services used by his Department and instrumentalities responsible to him in (i) 1984-85, (ii) 1985-86 and (iii) 1986 to date, including work contracted out to the Australian Survey Office and the Department of Housing and Construction.

(2) Are there any instances where surveying or drafting requirements have not been satisfied due to limitations on the resources of (a) his Department or instrumentalities responsible to him, (b) the Australian Survey Office or (c) the Department of Housing and Construction; if so, what are they.


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

(1) The following information has been provided to me by the respective portfolio agencies.

Department of Aboriginal Affairs

(a) (i) Nil

(ii) Approximately 35 person days

(iii) Nil

(b) (i) Nil

(ii) $14 498.60

(iii) Nil

Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies

(a) (i) Nil

(ii) Nil

(iii) Nil

(b) (i) Nil

(ii) Nil

(iii) Nil

Aboriginal Development Commission

(a) (i) Approximately one person day

(ii) Approximately 1/2 person days

(iii) Approximately 5 person days

(b) (i) $500

(ii) $250

(iii) $2361

Aboriginal Hostels Limited

(a) and (b) maintains no detailed statistics on the cost of outside contract surveying and drafting services but has estimated average usage at 210 person hours per year at a cost of $6000 per year.

(2) The following aggregate answer is provided for the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio.

(a) No.

(b) The Australian Survey Office is responsible for the staffing and funding of its surveying services.

(c) The Department of Housing and Construction is responsible for the staffing and funding of its drafting services.