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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
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Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

(Question No. 1739)


Senator Abetz asked the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, upon notice, on 22 March 2012:

(1) Can a list be provided of all office locations for each department or agency within the Minister’s portfolio, detailing:

(a) the department or agency;

(b) the location;

(c) the size;

(d) the number of staff at each location and their classification;

(e) if the office location is rented, the amount and breakdown of rent paid per square metre;

(f) if the location is owned by the department or agency, the:

(i) value, and

(ii) depreciation, of the building; and

(g) the type of functions and work undertaken.

(2) For each department and agency within the Minister’s portfolio, can details be provided of all public relations, communications and media staff, listed by department or agency, including:

(a) the number of ongoing staff, specifying:

(i) their classification,

(ii) the type of work they undertake, and

(iii) their location;

(b) the number of non ongoing staff, specifying:

(i) their classification,

(ii) the type of work they undertake, and

(iii) their location; and

(c) the number of contracted staff, specifying:

(i) their classification,

(ii) the type of work they undertake, and

(iii) their location.


Senator Conroy: The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

Portfolio agencies have provided the following information in response to the honourable senator’s question.

Office Locations

(1) (a) to (g)—

Australia Post

The specific details sought about office locations across the entire corporation are not captured on any central database. To attempt to provide this level of detail would involve an unreasonable diversion of resources. As such, Australia Post is not in a position to provide the information requested.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) - See separate table attached

Department Of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE)

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

NBN Co

Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)

Information for the above agencies is outlined in the following table.

Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE)

(b) Location

(c) size

(d) Number of Staff

 

(e) If rented, a breakdown of rent paid per square metre

Or

(f) If location is owned by the Department/Agency

(g) functions and work undertaken

38 Sydney Avenue Forrest, ACT

Leased 8,975.2 m2

Total 652 staff in Canberra, located in both 38 and 44 Sydney Avenue. (The HR system does not store detail on the numbers of Canberra staff in each location separately). Classifications range from APS1 to the Secretary.

$410/m2/annum

Functions and work undertaken at this location contribute to DBCDE’s Program 1.1 ‘Broadband and Communications Infrastructure’, Program 1.2 ‘Digital Economy and Postal Services’ and Program 1.3 ‘Broadcasting and Digital Television’ as documented in the DBCDE 2011-12 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements.

44 Sydney Avenue Forrest, ACT

 

Leased 2,628 m2

 

The 652 staff in Canberra, located in both 38 and 44 Sydney Avenue. (The HR system does not store detail on the numbers of Canberra staff in each location separately).

Classifications range in Canberra from APS1 to SES Band 3.

Level 1 Suite 1A (626m2)$413.34/m2/

annum

Level 1 Suite 2 (1024 m2) $462.53/m2/annum

Level 2 (978 m2) $462.53/m2/annum

 

Functions and work undertaken at this location contribute to DBCDE’s Program 1.1 ‘Broadband and Communications Infrastructure’ and Program 1.2 ‘Digital Economy and Postal Services’ as documented in the DBCDE 2011-12 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements.

31-33 Market Street, Sydney, NSW

Leased 1,877.5 m2

Total 78 staff in the Sydney Office.

Classifications range from APS3 to SES Band 3.

Level 9 (139 m2) $455/m2/annum

Level 14 (384.5sqsm) $495/m2/annum

Level 11 & Level 18 (1354 m2) $499.16/ m2/annum

Functions and work undertaken at this location contribute to DBCDE’s Program 1.2 ‘Digital Economy and Postal Services’ and Program 1.3 ‘Broadcasting and Digital Television’ as documented in the DBCDE 2011-12 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements.

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

(b) Location

(c) size

(d) Number of Staff

 

(e) If rented, a breakdown of rent paid per square metre

Or

(f) If location is owned by the Department/Agency

(g) functions and work undertaken

Canberra

Purple Building and Part Levels 3 & 4 Magenta Buildings, Benjamin Offices, Belconnen, ACT

5774 m2

 

212 staff with classifications from APS2 to SES Band 2

$326.13/m2/annum

Functions and work undertaken at this location contribute to the ACMA’s Program 1.1 ‘Communications, regulation, planning and licensing’ and Program 1.2 ‘Consumer safeguards, education and information’ as documented in the ACMA’s 2011-12 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements.

Sydney

Level 5, The Bay Centre, 65 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, NSW

3289 m2

 

140 staff with classifications from APS3 to SES Band 2

$510.00/m2/annum

Parramatta

Level 3, 100 George Street, Parramatta, NSW

146 m2

 

9 staff with classifications from APS4 to APS6

$353.60/m2/annum

Melbourne

Levels 42 - 44, The Tower, 360 Elizabeth

Street, Melbourne, VIC

4668 m2

 

236 staff with classifications from APS3 to SES Band 2

$500.00/m2/annum

Brisbane

424 Upper Roma Street, Brisbane, QLD

355 m2

 

14 staff with classifications from APS4 to EL2

$364.00/m2/annum

Tasmania, Quoin Ridge

601 Back Tea Tree Road, Richmond TAS

366 m2

2 staff with classifications from APS5 to APS6

(f) (i) Value as at 31 March 2012:

$176,202.08

(ii) Depreciation as at

31 March 2012: $14,522.92

NBN Co

(b) Location*

(c) size

(d) Number of Staff

(various classifications)

(e) If rented, a breakdown of rent paid per square metre

Or

(f) If location is owned by the Department/Agency

(g) functions and work undertaken

 

100 Arthur St North Sydney

9462 m 2

883

Net Annual Rental** $552/ m 2

Annual Outgoings**$97/ m 2

Work performed at these locations is of a similar nature, i.e. network planning, network design, network operations, construction planning, program management, and corporate support activities. The exception is 1010 La Trobe St Docklands which additionally has equipment testing rooms and the Network Operations Centre.

 

88 Walker St North Sydney

1246 m 2

125

Net Annual Rental** $398/ m 2

Annual Outgoings** Nil - gross rent

 

213 Miller St North Sydney

1616 m 2

119

Net Annual Rental** $432/ m 2

Annual Outgoings** Nil - gross rent

360 Elizabeth St Melbourne

7624 m 2

512

Net Annual Rental**$458/ m 2

Annual Outgoings**$110/ m 2

 

535 Bourke St Melbourne

2230 m 2

230

Net Annual Rental**$475/ m 2

Annual Outgoings**Nil- gross rent

1010 La Trobe St Docklands

4462 m 2

302

Net Annual Rental**$304/ m 2

Annual Outgoings**$100/ m 2

16 National Ct Canberra

260 m 2

7

Net Annual Rental**$401 /m 2

Annual Outgoings** Nil - gross rent

39 Murray St Hobart

252 m 2

15

Net Annual Rental**$205/ m 2

Annual Outgoings** Nil - gross rent

* Excludes Data Centres, Aggregation Nodes, Depots, Satellite Earth Stations.

** Rental and outgoings figures rounded to nearest whole dollar.

Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)

(b) Location

(c) size

(d) Number of Staff

 

(e) If rented, a breakdown of rent paid per square metre

Or

(f) If location is owned by the Department/Agency

(g) functions and work undertaken

 

14 Herbert Street, Artarmon NSW

17,124m 2 (offices, studios, loading dock and warehouse)

735 (SBS bands 1-8 and contract)

 

(f) (i) Value: $64.5m

(ii) depreciation of the building: $144,051/month

Providing multilingual and multicultural television, radio and online services. The Sydney building is a purpose built television and radio broadcasting studio and office complex.

Level 2, Alfred Deakin Building , Federation Square, Melbourne

2998m 2

142 (SBS bands 1-8 and contract)

$37,995/month; $317/m 2

Providing multilingual and multicultural television, radio and online services.

 

Press Gallery, Parliament House, Canberra

119m 2

12 (SBS bands 3, 5 and contract)

$14,741/month; $425/m 2

 

Public Relations, Communications and Media Staff

(2) (a) to (c)—

Australia Post

The specific details sought about public relations, communications and media staff across the entire corporation are not captured on any central database.  To attempt to provide this level of detail would involve an unreasonable diversion of resources.  As such, Australia Post is not in a position to provide the information requested.

Department Of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE)

There are 23 staff in the department engaged partly or wholly in external focused public affairs activities (such as promoting events to the media and engaging with the media on a daily basis and advising on strategic communications activities). Staff are based in Canberra unless otherwise indicated in the table below.

(a) Ongoing

Position

(i) Classification

(ii) Responsibilities

(iii) Location

1

SES Band 1

Assistant Secretary, Communication and Media Branch

 

3

EL2-PAM

Manager

1 based in Sydney

6

EL1-PA

Senior Communication Adviser

1 part time

1 based in Sydney

2

APS6-PA

Communication Adviser

1 based in Sydney

2

APS5-PA

Communication Adviser

 

Total

14 FTE

 

 

(b) Non Ongoing

Position

(i) Classification

(ii) Responsibilities

(iii) Location

1

EL2-PAM

Manager

 

2

EL1-PA

Senior Communication Adviser

1 based in Sydney

2

APS6-PA

Communication Adviser

 

Total

5 FTE

 

 

(c) Contracted

Position

(i) Classification

(ii) Responsibilities

(iii) Location

1

EL1

Communication Adviser

Based in Sydney

2

APS6-PA

Communication Adviser

Based in Sydney

1

APS6-PA

Communication Adviser

Based in Sydney

Total

4 FTE

 

 

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

(a) Ongoing

Position

(i) Classification

(ii) Responsibilities

(iii) Location

3

Executive Level 2

Executive Level 2

Executive Level 2

 

Manager Digital Publishing

Manager Editorial Services

Manager

6 staff are located in Sydney, 7 in Melbourne and 1 in Canberra.

4

Executive Level 1

Executive Level 1

Executive Level 1

Executive Level 1

 

Engagement Manager

Media Manager

Digital Technology Manager

Assistant Manager Editorial Services

 

6

ACMA 6

ACMA 6

ACMA 6

ACMA 6

ACMA 6

ACMA 6

 

Communications Advisor

Media Officer

Social Media Producer

Web Producer

Web Producer

Writer and Editor

1

ACMA 4

Editorial Support

 

(b) Non Ongoing

Position

(i) Classification

(ii) Responsibilities

(iii) Location

1

SES 1

Executive Manager Gov 2.0, Stakeholder Engagement and External Communications

Sydney

1

ACMA 5

Web Content

(c) N/A

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

(a) Ongoing

Position

(i) Classification

(ii) Responsibilities

(iii) Location

1

Director

Public Relations/Communications

NSW

13

Senior Executive

 

Public Relations/Communications x2

Marketing/Publicity/Promotions x8

1 NSW, 1 Vic

8 NSW, 3 Vic

56

Admin/

Professional

 

Public Relations/Communications

Marketing/Publicity/Promotions

2 NSW

1 ACT, 37 NSW,

2 Qld, 2 SA,2 Tas, 8
Vic, 2 WA

18

Content Maker

Marketing/Publicity/Promotions

9 NSW, 2 Qld,1 SA, 1 Tas, 4 Vic, 1 WA

1

Head Office Assistant

Marketing/Publicity/Promotions

1 NSW

(b) Non Ongoing

Position

(i) Classification

(ii) Responsibilities

(iii) Location

3

Senior Executive

 

Marketing/Publicity/Promotions

3 NSW

11

Admin/

Professional

Marketing/Publicity/Promotions

9 NSW, 1Vic, 1 NT

5

Content Maker

Marketing/Publicity/Promotions

3 NSW, 2 Vic

(c) N/A

NBN Co

(a) Ongoing

Position/s

(i) Classification

(ii) Responsibilities

(iii) Location

28

Chief Communications Officer with 27 employees reporting either directly or indirectly to him

The roles in this area are diverse and include government liaison, stakeholder relations, community engagement, media relations, issues management and staffing for demonstration facilities

Of these, a total of 5 staff deal with 300+ media queries each month from local, state, national and online publications as well as broadcast media outlets.

A further 2 staff fulfil marketing communications functions, principally in the terms of the Information Campaign and Migration Deed contained within the company’s Definitive Agreements with Telstra.

North Sydney

(b) N/A

(c) N/A

Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)

(a) N/A

(b) Non Ongoing

Position

(i) Classification

(ii) Responsibilities

(iii) Location

2

Executive contract

SBS has a small Corporate Communications team who are responsible for corporate external relations consisting of the Director of Strategy and Communication and the Corporate Communications Manager.

Sydney

Note: SBS is a not an Australian Public Service agency, employees are not employed under the Public Service Act 1999. SBS does not classify staff as SES/non-SES.

(c) N/A.