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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2399

(Question No. 5223)

Mr Maher asked the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 23 March 1987:

(1) How many positions will be transferred from his Department when the Federal Airports Corporation is established.

(2) Why is length of service the main criterion for appointment in selecting staff to the Corporation.

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

(1) In May 1986 when a complete review was undertaken, about 1600 staffed positions in the Department of Aviation related to functions which will transfer to the Federal Airports Corporation (FAC). Staff occupying these positions will be offered employment by the Corporation and those who accept the offer will transfer from the Department to the Corporation.

(2) The process of identifying staff to be transferred to the Corporation involved an examination of resources allocated by the Department of Aviation to functions to be transferred.

This examination revealed that some staff are employed in the Department on functions common to both organisations. Apportionment of this common group would result in some 390 staffed positions transferring to the Corporation.

After consultation with the ACTU, staff associations and the FAC, it was decided that length of service should be the criterion for selecting these 390 staff.

This criterion applies only to the selection of staff in the common function group. The majority of other transferring staff are being selected on the basis that their function transfers.