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Tuesday, 21 August 1984
Page: 77

(Question No. 869)


Senator Archer asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice, on 3 May 1984:

(1) How many unallocated export meat inspection service officers were in the service as at 30 April 1984.

(2) How many staff joined the meat (and later exports) inspection service during the financial years 1981-82; 1982-83, 1983-30 April 1984.

(3) How many left the service during the same period.


Senator Walsh —The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The requirement for meat inspection staff varies considerably with seasonal and market conditions in the export meat industry. There has been a surplus of meat inspectors over operational and relief requirements since October 1983. The extent of this surplus has varied with industry conditions but was assessed as 153 staff as at 30 April 1984. Of these an average of 60 are fully employed in providing relief for an extensive program of refresher training instituted in accordance with recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Australian Meat Industry. Other staff have been encouraged to take long service leave and other unrostered leave. There has been no recruitment of meat inspectors since September 1983. No other categories of export inspection staff are in surplus.

(2) Inspection staff joined: 1981-82, 57; 1982-83, 146; 1983-30 April 1984, 373 (includes takeover of 328 New South Wales domestic inspection staff).

(3) Inspection staff left: 1981-82, 76; 1982-83, 82; 1983-30 April 1984, 69.