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Tuesday, 8 March 2005
Page: 214


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

(1)   Does the department’s workplace diversity program seek to ensure the department attracts and retains a diverse range of people with a focus on Indigenous employment.

(2)   In what year was this diversity program launched.

(3)   How many Indigenous staff did the department employ in the financial years 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04 in the following classifications: (a) Senior Executive Service Level (SES) 3; (b) SES 2; (c) SES 1; (d) Executive Level (EL) 2; (e) EL 1; (f) Australian Public Service Level (APS) 6; (g) APS 5; (h) APS 4; (i) APS 3; (j) Graduate; (k) APS 2; (l) APS 1; (m) Trainee; and (n) other.


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:

(1)   The department’s workplace diversity program has a number of desired outcomes including making DOTARS staff more aware of the impact of its policies and programmes on indigenous people. However, it should be noted that the focus of the programme also encompasses diversity through gender, disability, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

(2)   The current workplace diversity programme was launched in 2001.

(3)   The table below shows the number of indigenous full-time employees (FTE) for the time periods specified. However, as diversity data are voluntarily reported upon commencement of employment, and a considerable proportion of staff choose not to provide this information, these data may not represent the actual number of indigenous employees.

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

SES 3

SES 2

SES 1

EL 2

EL 1

0.03 FTE

0.35 FTE

1.00 FTE

APS 6

APS 5

0.77 FTE

1.00 FTE

APS 4

1.45 FTE

APS 3

0.07 FTE

Graduate APS

APS 2

0.29 FTE

0.42 FTE

APS 1

Trainee

Other

Total

1.15 FTE

1.77 FTE

2.45 FTE