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Monday, 3 November 2003
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Mr Beazley asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 18 August 2003:

What have been the annual staffing levels of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation from 1983 to date.


Mr Ruddock (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The table below provides the requested information about ASIO staffing levels.

Year

Average staffing level for each financial year

Full time staff equivalent at end of each financial year

No of staff at the end of each financial year

2002-2003

621

637

668

2001-2002

575

597

618

2000-2001

560

551

584

1999-2000

538

565

605

1998-1999

513

525

566

1997-1998

488

480

536

1996-1997

537

524

571

1995-1996

551

577

625

1994-1995

530

528

585

1993-1994

562

543

596

1992-1993

617

588

626

1991-1992

662

647

695

1990-1991****

690

702

716

1989-1990

707

1988-1989***

717

731

1987-1988***

706

735

1986-1987

714

1985-1986

726

1984-1985**

772

1983-1984

780

1982-1983*

783

* For financial years beginning in 1982 and ending in 1985, establishment figures were kept as the number of actual staff.

** New reporting procedures were introduced by government for the financial year beginning in 1985, reporting was on Average Office Staff Levels (AOSL or ASL).

*** For the years 1987-8 and 1988-9 additional staffing information was provided in the Annual Report.

**** From the financial year beginning in 1990, ASIO reported from its computerised pay system. Figures were reported on three levels: average, full-time equivalent and number of actual staff.