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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2374

(Question No. 5052)


Mr Duncan asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 18 February 1987:

(1) Does Australian National (AN) have an affirmative action plan or program.

(2) What proportion of AN employees are women and at what level and in what areas are women employed.

(3) What progress has AN made towards providing a non-discriminatory employment policy and working environment.


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

(1) The Australian National Railways Commission (AN) has advised that it is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity (EEO). It applies the principles of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, the part of the Public Service Reform Act 1984 relating to EEO and the Affirmative Action (Equal Employment for Women) Act 1986.

AN proposes to prepare formal affirmative action and EEO plans following enactment of the Equal Employment Opportunity (Commonwealth Authorities) Bill 1987.

(2) AN is required to act commercially and has adopted a policy of staff attrition. Limited recruitment is undertaken. As this policy has been followed since AN's establishment in 1978, opportunities for women and minority groups to increase their representation in AN's workforce is limited at present.

Details of the proportion of women in AN's workforce at 30 June 1986 are set out in the table.

Men

% of

Total

Workforce

Women

% of

Total

Workforce

Total

Senior Officers ...

134

98.5

2

1.5

136

Keyboard ...

2

1.3

149

98.7

151

Professional/Technical ...

99

95.2

5

4.8

104

Clerical/Clerical Assistant ...

725

90.5

76

9.5

801

Wages Grades ...

6,843

97.6

169

2.4

7,012

Other ...

695

100.0

0

0.0

695

Total ...

8,498

95.5

401

4.5

8,899

(3) AN has made amendments to its service rules, policies, practices and procedures to remove discrimination. Whenever staff needs to be recruited, AN encourages applications for employment from females.