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Thursday, 18 November 2004
Page: 157


Senator Chris Evans asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 3 August 2004:

(1) Does the department have guidelines for the disposal of computers, monitors, printers and other information technology (IT) equipment no longer required by Defence; if so, can a copy of the guidelines be provided.

(2) How many computers, monitors, printers and other items of IT equipment have been disposed of by Defence in each of the past 3 financial years.

(3) How was equipment disposed of in each of the past 3 financial years (for example, sold directly by Defence, sold to a commercial business, donated to charitable or educational institutions, destroyed etc).

(4) What were the sale values of all IT equipment disposed of in each of the past 3 financial years.

(5) How many IT items have been destroyed by Defence in each of the past 3 financial years.

(6) On what basis was this equipment destroyed.

(7) Why was this equipment not sold or donated to charitable or educational institutions rather than destroyed.

(8) What is the estimated value of all IT equipment destroyed by Defence in each of the past 3 financial years.

(9) Why does Defence not sell or donate IT equipment to charitable or educational institutions.


Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) Yes. Guidelines and policy relating to the disposal of IT assets exist within the following publications:

Defence Instruction (General) LOG 07-5 Disposal of Surplus Assets and Inventory

The Defence Security Manual (SECMAN)

Defence Reference Book 48 - Accounting Manual

National Asset Management Office - Policy and Operating Procedures

The Defence Supply Chain Manual

A copy of the DI(G) LOG 07-5, which is the main policy document, has been forwarded separately to your office.

(2)

Asset Type

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Desktop

5,567

27,327

17,023

Laptop

289

602

563

Server

146

197

240

Monitor

2,488

8,223

9,411

Printer

1,208

2,739

2,781

Other 1

1,263

2,272

3,477

Total

10,961

41,360

33,495

Note: Other includes such equipment as power supplies, tape drives, modems, optical readers, scanners, mouse, etc

(3)

Disposal Method

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Auctioned

4,466

7,604

10,745

Destroyed

4,508

4,972

7,859

Direct Sale

0

0

43

Donated

1,936

28,670

14,833

Other

51

114

15

Total

10,961

41,360

33,495

(4) The revenue returned from auction in the table below is exclusive of equipment taken up by the Commonwealth Government's Computer Technologies for Schools Project.

Financial Year

Sale Value ($)

2001-02

20,518

2002-03

140,629

2003-04

195,271

(5) See response to part (3).

(6) Equipment is destroyed due to security requirements under SECMAN, or due to its poor state.

(7) See response to part (6).

(8)

Written Down Value ($)

Assets Destroyed 2001-02

500,000

Assets Destroyed 2002-03

900,000

Assets Destroyed 2003-04

1,200,000

(9) Defence does donate equipment, in accordance with the security requirements under SECMAN, through the Commonwealth Government's Computer Technologies for Schools Project.