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Tuesday, 23 August 1994
Page: 142

(Question No. 1445)


Senator Campbell asked the Minister representing the Minister for Finance, upon notice, on 7 June 1994:

  (1) How many square metres of office space are either leased, owned or occupied by the Department and its agencies.

  (2) What is the breakdown by State or Territory, and by department and agency, by State or Territory.

  (3) How many department and agency employees occupy the office space.

  (4) What is the breakdown by State or Territory, and by department and agency, by State or Territory.

  (5) Does the department lease or own any office space which is not currently occupied by staff; if so, please supply details of:

  (a) whether the office space is leased or owned;

  (b) whether it is leased/owned by the department or one of its agencies;

  (c) how many square metres are involved and the location of the office space (please specify whether details of these office space properties are included in the answers to any of the above questions.


Senator Cook —The Minister for Finance has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) Department of Finance—22,609.50 square metres

  Australian National Audit Office (ANAO)—10,322.08 square metres

  ComSuper—8,313.00 square metres

  (2)—

Department of

State Finance ANAO ComSuper

Australian Capital Territory 15,650.00m(2) 6,297.00m(2) 8,313.00m(2)

New South Wales 1,881.00m(2) 1,802.50m(2) Nil

Victoria 1,335.90m(2) 737.30m(2) Nil

Queensland 823.00m(2) 602.40m(2) Nil

South Australia 838.00m(2) 128.00m(2) Nil

Western Australia 1,005.70m(2) 300.00m(2) Nil

Northern Territory 508.90m(2) 92.80m(2) Nil

Tasmania 567.00m(2) 362.08m(2) Nil

  (3) Department of Finance—946 staff

  ANAO—Currently 404 ANAO and 34 contracted employees occupy the office space. As a result of a prolonged industrial dispute, staffing levels are below profile in some locations. Recruitment action is currently underway.

  ComSuper—433 staff

  (4)—

Department of

State Finance ANAO ComSuper

Australian Capital Territory 788 273 (30) 433

New South Wales 32 62 (4) Nil

Victoria 32 56 Nil

Queensland 23 1 Nil

South Australia 20 5 Nil

Western Australia 25 6 Nil

Northern Territory 12 0 Nil

Tasmania 14 1 Nil

  (5) Department of Finance—No.

  ComSuper—No.

  ANAO currently leases office space which is not occupied by staff, details are as follows:

  (a) leased by ANAO

  (b) The NT space is sublet to DEET (Fraud Unit).

  The TAS space is sublet for Arbitration Hearing (Commonwealth of Australia vs Hansen and Yuncken).

  (c) Office space currently not occupied by ANAO staff is:

  NT—92.80m(2)

  TAS—362.08m(2)

  This space is included in details at (1) and (2).