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Tuesday, 10 May 1994
Page: 554

(Question No. 1147)


Senator Newman asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 2 March 1994:

  With reference to the 1992-93 and 1993-94 financial years:

  (1) What did the Department spend on assertiveness training courses.

  (2) How many: (a) men; and (b) women, attended those courses.


Senator Bolkus —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question.

  I am advised that:

  (1) The Department spent $2,295 in the 1992-93 financial year and $9,100 to date in the 1993-1994 financial year on staff attending assertiveness training courses.

  (2) A total of 5 females and 44 males attended assertiveness training courses in the 1992-93 financial year and 42 females and 47 males have attended assertiveness training to date in the 1993-1994 financial year.

  (3) In addition to attending specific assertiveness training, staff of the Department participated in management and communication skills training which included assertiveness skills training as a component. In the 1992-93 financial year approximately 51 women and 12 men attended such training and in the 1993-1994 financial year approximately 18 women and 5 men have to date undertaken such training. Due to the varying time spent on an assertiveness skills during these management and communication skills training courses, it has not been possible to cost the assertiveness training components.