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Tuesday, 30 August 1994
Page: 616

(Question No. 1456)


Senator Campbell asked the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories, 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 Faulkner —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  Core Department:

  (1) Office Space—12,153 sq m

  (2) ACT—11,779 sq m; WA—234 sq m; NT—140 sq m

  (3) 570 officers

  (4) ACT—561 officers; WA—7 officers; NT—2 officers

  (5) No.

Bureau of Meteorology:

  (1) Office space—28,371 sq m

  (2) ACT—185 sq m; NSW—2,257 sq m; VIC—17,916 sq m; QLD—1,696 sq m; SA—1,918 sq m; WA—2,228 sq m; TAS—1,073 sq m; NT—1,098 sq m

  (3) 1,096 officers

  (4) ACT—9 officers; NSW—80 officers; VIC—640 officers; QLD—90 officers; SA—80 officers; WA—77 officers; TAS—59 officers; NT—61 officers

  (5) No.

Antarctic Division:

  (1) Office space—2,555 sq m

  (2) TAS—2,555 sq m

  (3) 199 officers

  (4) TAS—199 officers

  (5) No.

  It is difficult in some cases to isolate and separately identify areas which could be considered as `dedicated office space'. Accordingly, this answer provides information not only on office space but in some cases on general space that is used for a variety of purposes including administrative use, reception, display, etc. Special purpose areas have however been excluded wherever possible.