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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2390

(Question No. 5051)


Mr Staples asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment, upon notice, on 18 February 1987:

(1) Have there been reductions in the staffing levels of the Office of the Supervising Scientist for the Alligator Rivers Region.

(2) What were the staffing levels for (a) research staff and (b) the supervising section in (i) 1984-85, (ii) 1985-86 and (iii) 1986-87.

(3) What reductions will be achieved through (a) wastage and (b) redundancy.


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

(1) In accordance with decisions taken in the context of the 1986 Budget, average staff level of the Office of the Supervising Scientist will be reduced from 77 to about 65 over the two year period 1986/87 to 1987/88.

(2) The Average Staff Levels for the two financial years past, and as expected for 1986-87, are as follows:

1984-85

1985-86

1986-87

%

Reduction

Research

scientific executive, research and technical and administrative support staff ...

53

54

49.5

8

Supervision and assessment

supervisory, technical assessment and liaison staff ...

7

7

6

14

Co-ordination and corporate

executive, co-ordination and central office management services staff (includes Supervising Scientist) ...

16

16

14

12.5

Total ...

76

77

69.5

9.7

(3) Redundancy action has been initiated under the Commonwealth Employees (Redeployment and Retirement) Act 1979 in relation to 3 officers, one of whom has since resigned. The balance of the required reductions (to about 65 for 1987-88) is being achieved through wastage.