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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 203


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 23 December 2004:

For each of the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 to date, how many departmental staff have been located at regional offices in:

(a) Darwin; (b) Perth; (c) Adelaide; (d) Hobart; (e)Bendigo; (f)Wollongong; (g) Orange; (h) Newcastle; (i) Townsville; (j) Longreach; (k) the Jervis Bay Territory; (l) Norfolk Island; (m) Christmas Island; and (n) the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.


Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

Average full-time equivalent (FTE) staff# located at the regional offices for the periods in question are as follows;

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05 to date

(a) Darwin;

1.8

2.0

2.0

(b) Perth;

18.8

22.0

25.1

(c) Adelaide;

7.7

8.6

12.0

(d) Hobart;

2.4

3.0

3.0

(e) Bendigo;

2.4

4.1

4.4

(f) Wollongong;

3.8

5.6

6.8

(g) Orange;

3.8

4.1

4.8

(h) Newcastle;

2.6

4.1

6.8

(i) Townsville;

4.1

5.5

7.3

(j) Longreach;

1.0

1.0

1.0

(k) Jervis Bay Territory;

4.1

3.8

3.6

(l) Norfolk Island;

1.0

1.0

1.3

(m) Christmas Island;*

2.3

3.5

2.0

(n) Cocos (Keeling) Islands*

1.2

0.3

0.0

# The above information has been extracted from the Department’s database. Although in a given financial year (1 July to 30 June) there may have been more persons actually employed in the regional offices, not all of them were working full-time or worked for the full financial year (26 pay points). Hence average FTE figures are used. For 2004-2005, 13 pay points were used and the data is for the financial year to date as at 31 December 2004 .

* These figures do not include staff in the Indian Ocean Territories employed under the Administration Ordinance 1968 (CI) and the Administration Ordinance 1975 (CKI).