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Thursday, 25 August 1994
Page: 454

(Question No. 1444)


Senator Campbell asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, 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 and 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 and Territory.

  (5) Does the department lease or own any office space which is not currently occupied by staff: if so, please provide 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 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 Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) The total number of square metres of office space either leased, owned or occupied by the Treasury and portfolio agencies is listed below.

Department/Agency Space Occupied M2

Treasury 11,194

Australian Taxation Office 449,935

Australian Bureau of Statistics 79,762

Royal Australian Mint 2,841

Insurance and Superannuation Commission 11,330

Industry Commission 8,952.5

Prices Surveillance Authority 1,805

Housing Loans Insurance Corporation 1,782

Trade Practices Commission 6,318

  (2) The breakdown by State and territories of the total number of square metres of office space either leased, owned or occupied by the Treasury and portfolio agencies is listed below.

  Treasury: ACT—10,952; NSW—119; VIC—123.

  Australian Taxation Office: NSW—150,194; VIC—97,165; QLD—66,197*; WA—40,520**; SA—32,818; TAS—11,335; ACT—50,288; NT—1,418.

  *Includes 1,490 square metres of space available for sub-lease.

  **Includes 4,620 square metres of space available for sub-lease.

  Australian Bureau of Statistics: NSW—9,216; VIC—9,827; QLD—7,462; WA—5,990; SA—5,929; TAS—3,270; NT—1,121; ACT—36,947.

  Royal Australian Mint: ACT—2,841.

  Insurance and Superannuation Commission: ACT—5,870*; NSW—3,208**; VIC—1,484; QLD—287; SA—211; WA—270.

  *Does not include 464.5 m2 in leased warehouse/storage space.

  **The lease on 1,608 m2 (levels 25 and 27, American Express building, 300 George Street, Sydney) will be surrendered on 12 August 1994 when the ISC's Sydney Office relocates to new accommodation at Piccadilly Plaza (1,600 m2) at that time after completion of fit-out. Lease commenced on 31 May 1994.

  Industry Commission: ACT—4,822; VIC—4,130.5.

  Prices Surveillance Authority: VIC—1,300; NSW—505.

  Housing Loans Insurance Corporation: NSW—736; VIC—427; QLD—269; SA—104; WA—206; TAS—40.

  Trade Practices Commission: ACT—2,648; NSW—1,147; VIC—845; QLD—603; SA—440; WA—384; TAS—176; NT—75.

  (3) The total number of department and agency employees occupying the office space mentioned in answer (1) is listed below.

Department/Agency Total No. of staff occupying space

Treasury 478

Australian Taxation Office 17,888

Australian Bureau of Statistics 3,547

Royal Australian Mint 163

Insurance and Superannuation Commission 520

Industry Commission 267

Prices Surveillance Authority 42

Housing Loans Insurance Corporation 75

Trade Practices Commission 207

  (4) The breakdown of employees occupying premises in State and territories is listed below.

  Treasury: ACT—472; NSW—3; VIC—3.

  Australian Taxation Office: NSW—5,807; VIC—4,096; QLD—2,553; WA—1,469; SA—1,352; TAS—430; ACT—2,143; NT—38.

  Australian Bureau of Statistics: NSW—419; VIC—379; QLD—307; WA—258; SA—195; TAS—149; NT—54; ACT—1,786.

  Royal Australian Mint: ACT—163.

  Insurance and Superannuation Commission: ACT—330; NSW—78; VIC—76; QLD—13; SA—11; WA—12.

  Industry Commission: ACT—150; VIC—117.

  Prices Surveillance Authority: VIC—32; NSW—10.

  Housing Loans Insurance Commission: NSW—32; VIC—15; QLD—17; SA—5; WA—4; TAS—2.

  Trade Practices Commission: ACT—116; NSW—27; VIC—21; QLD—15; SA—10; WA—12; TAS—4; NT—2.

  (5) The Australian Taxation Office is the only agency which currently has office space which is not occupied by staff. Details are provided below.

  As at 7 June 1994 office space currently not occupied (by Australian Taxation Office) is as follows:

Location Leased Office Space (M2)

Queensland 1,645

Victoria 227

Western Australia 4,620

Total 6,492

  The 6,492 m2 is included in the total space of 449,935 m2.