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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 228


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

(1)   For each of the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 to date:

(a)   how many editions of the publication Footsteps were published;

(b)   how many staff worked on its production;

(c)   what was the cost of producing the publication, including staff, production and distribution costs;

(d)   how many copies of each edition were printed and distributed; and

(e)   how was the magazine distributed.

(2)   Will the Minister provide a copy of the contract with the publishers of Footsteps, Text Pacific; if not, why not.


Senator Patterson (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues) —The Minister for Human Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) (a)   Four editions of Footsteps were published in 2002-03 and two editions were published in 2003-04. It is intended to publish at least one edition of Footsteps in 2004-05.

(b)   Two Centrelink staff worked part-time on the production of each issue.

(c)   The staff, production and distribution costs were $211,797 in 2002-03 and               $138,915 in 2003-04.

(d)   The following table shows how many copies of each issue were printed and distributed:

Number printed

Number distributed

Issue 1

30,300

30,300

Issue 2

30,300

30,300

Issue 3

15,030

15,030

Issue 4

25,060

25,060

Issue 5

15,030

15,030

Issue 6

30,030

30,030

(e)   Footsteps is distributed via direct mail to Indigenous community organisations, relevant stakeholders and other interested parties. Footsteps is also distributed through Centrelink’s Customer Service Centres and Call Centres as well as  during outreach activities undertaken by Centrelink staff.

(2)   Centrelink out sources its design, print and distribution services to a private company, PMP Limited under an overarching agreement. However, PMP Limited subsequently subcontracted the work to Text Pacific. Given that the relevant contract is between two private companies, Centrelink is unable to provide a copy.