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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 181


Senator Johnston asked the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 13 November 2008:

(1)   For each agency within the responsibility of the Minister, as at 30 September 2008, how many staff are employed in the electorate office of the Minister and, of these staff:

(a)   what levels are the staff employed at;

(b)   what are the designated titles for each of these staff;

(c)   at what salary level are each of these staff paid;

(d)   how many of these staff have completed the requirements for the granting of a security clearance;

(e)   how many staff who have undertaken an application for a security clearance have had their request denied; and

(f)   how many staff are employed: (i) under secondment arrangements, and (ii) as contractors.

(2)   For each Minister, as at 30 September 2008, how many staff are employed in the ministerial office of the Minister and, of these staff:

(a)   what levels are the staff employed at;

(b)   what are the designated titles for each of these staff;

(c)   at what salary level are each of these staff paid;

(d)   how many of these staff have completed the requirements for the granting of a security clearance;

(e)   how many staff who have undertaken an application for a security clearance have had their request denied;

(f)   how many staff are employed: (i) under secondment arrangements, and (ii) as contractors;

(g)   which staff members have a privately plated vehicle for their official and private use; and

(h)   which staff members have been granted permission to fly business class as a condition of their employment.


Senator Faulkner (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

 

  (1) (a)

Number of Employees

Classifications as at 30 September 2008

5

Electorate Officer B x 4

Electorate Officer A x 1

 

(b)   Department of Finance and Deregulation is unable to answer this question. We have no visibility of designated titles that may be used in individual offices.

(c)   Salary ranges are provided so as not to identify personal information of individual employees:

 

Classification

Salary Range as at 30 September 2008

Electorate Officer B

$51,917 to $60,615

Electorate Officer A

$39,635 to $53,268

 

(d)   Two employees had been granted a clearance and three employees had their clearance in process.

(e)   Nil.

(f) (i)   Nil.

(ii)   Nil.

  (2) (a)            

Number of Employees

Classifications as at 30 September 2008

6

Senior Adviser (Chief of Staff) (non-Cabinet) x 1

Media Adviser x 1

Adviser x 1

Assistant Adviser x 1

Executive Assistant/Office Manager x 1

Secretary/Administrative Assistant x 1

 

(b)   Department of Finance and Deregulation is unable to answer this question. We have no visibility of designated titles that may be used in individual offices.

(c)   Salary ranges are provided so as not to identify personal information of individual employees:

 

Classification

Salary Range as at 30 September 2008

Senior Adviser (Chief of Staff) (non-Cabinet)

$85,500 to $116,400

Media Adviser

$74,516 to $109,967

Adviser

$74,516 to $109,967

Assistant Adviser

$62,124 to $74,516

Executive Assistant/Office Manager

$50,316 to $62,124

Secretary/Administrative Assistant

$39,635 to $51,917

 

(d)   Six employees had been granted a clearance.

(e)   Nil.

(f) (i)   No employees are employed under secondment arrangements. Three employees have chosen to take leave without pay from the Australian Public Service to work for the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel.

(ii)   Nil.

(g)   Senior Advisers are entitled to be provided with a private-plated vehicle for business and private use.

(h)   Employees above the classification of Adviser are entitled to travel at business class.