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Tuesday, 28 October 2014
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Department of Education: Staff Overseas Travel

(Question No. 440)

Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Education, in writing, on 22 September 2014 :

In respect of departmental staff overseas travel since 7 September 2013, what (a) was the total cost, (b) is the breakdown of this cost ie, airfares, accommodation, hospitality, official passports and minor incidentals, and (c) was the travel for.

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

The Department of Education was established on 18 September 2013.

The total cost of overseas travel of departmental staff for the period 18 September 2013 to 30 September 2014 was $487 764.

Of the total, airfares comprised $328 105; accommodation $91 628; hospitality $0; meals $30 849; official passports $0; incidentals $19 810 and transport and other costs $17 372.

Overseas travel was undertaken by staff to represent the Department of Education at stakeholder meetings, conferences and working parties; to take up posts as overseas counsellors; to participate in overseas officer exchange programs; and to participate in the ANZOG and the Global Leadership Practices programs.