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Tuesday, 23 November 1999
Page: 10488

Senator Faulkner asked the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 21 September 1999:

(1) How many departmental officers have attended external staff development courses since 3 March 1996.

(2) What is the total cost of the external staff development courses attended by the officers of the department, or any agency in the portfolio, since 3 March 1996.

(3) (a) How many external staff development courses attended by departmental or agency staff since 3 March 1996, have contained training on making decisions under the Freedom of Information Act; and (b) of this number, how many: (i) were specifically focusing on the subject of freedom of information decisions, and (ii) how many dealt with the issue amongst others.

(4) Of the courses relevant to (3), which agencies or consultants provided that training.

(5) What is the total cost of the courses in (3).

Senator Newman (Family and Community Services; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

It is not possible to provide the requested information for the period since 3 March 1996 as FaCS has only been in existence since October 1998.

Records for the required period cover Centrelink, DSS and FaCS (which included new staff from Health and Family Services, Attorney Generals and the Institute of Family Studies). The size, function and location of these organisations differ greatly, and complete records are not available to this agency.