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Wednesday, 24 October 1984
Page: 2402

(Question No. 1044)


Senator Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters, upon notice, on 22 August 1984:

(1) How many school leavers were employed by the Commonwealth Public Service in 1982-83 and 1983-84.

(2) What is the State by State breakdown of those figures.


Senator Button —The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) and (2) A complete answer to this question cannot be provided from statistical records maintained by the Public Service Board (PSB). These records show the ages and qualifications on appointment of permanent officers but not the numbers who attended school immediately before appointment to the Australian Public Service (APS). In addition, no detailed statistics are maintained on the engagements of temporary and exempt employees.

However, the PSB has provided the following State by State breakdown of the number of person aged 18 years and under appointed to the APS without post- secondary qualifications in 1982-83 and 1983-84:

State

1982-83 (a)1983-84

ACT 590 804 NSW (b)1,326 639 Victoria 511 418 Queensland 237 154 South Australia 138 183 Western Australia 196 132 Tasmania 56 81 Northern Territory 22 8

Total 3,121 2,374

(a) Preliminary figures, which are not expected to vary significantly.

(b) The high level of recruitment in New South Wales in 1982-83 was mainly to meet an exceptional demand for clerks class 1 in Employment and Industrial Relations and Social Security and for clerical assistants grade 1 in Social Security and the Taxation Office.