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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 210


Senator Cormann asked the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs, upon notice, on 2 December 2008:

(1)   How many sworn officers were employed by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), as at: (a) 1 November 2007; and (b) 1 November 2008.

(2)   How many sworn officers were recruited by the AFP between 24 November 2007 and 24 November 2008.

(3)   How many sworn officers were made redundant by the AFP between 24 November 2007 and 24 November 2008.

(4)   How many sworn officers is the AFP budgeted to recruit by 31 December 2009.

(5)   Does the AFP anticipate any further redundancies as a result of the Rudd Government’s efficiency dividend between 2 December 2008 and 31 December 2009; if so, how many.

(6)   For questions (1) to (5) above, can a breakdown be provided by state or territory of the number of sworn officers employed, recruited or made redundant during the indicated periods.


Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Minister for Home Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) (a)   and (b) Sworn(1) officers employed by the AFP as at 1 November 2007 and 1 November 2008

Location

1/11/2007

1/11/2008

ACT

1234

1369

SA

58

54

NT

34

64

Overseas

227

272

QLD

186

244

WA

106

96

External Territories

9

11

TAS

8

10

VIC

325

300

NSW

468

451

Total

2655

2871

(1) Excludes state police seconded to the AFP

(2)   Sworn(2) officers recruited(3) by the AFP between 24 November 2007 and 24 November 2008

Location

 

ACT Policing

185

National

49

IDG Mission Component

123

Total

357

(2) Excludes state police seconded to the AFP

(3) Includes members graduating during the reference period

(3)   Sworn officers made redundant by the AFP between 24 November 2007 and 24 November 2008

Location

 

ACT

23

NSW

7

Overseas

1

QLD

7

SA

4

VIC

15

WA

5

Total

62

Of the 62 sworn redundancies for the year to 24 November 2008, 60 were part of the voluntary redundancy exercise initiated in late June 2008.

(4)   Sworn(4) officers budgeted for by the AFP to 31 December 2009

Federal Government funded sworn recruitment.

By 30 June 2009

30

By 30 June 2010

30

Total

60

(4) Excludes state police seconded to the AFP

The commitment of 60 sworn officers is provided for in the New Policy Initiative: Recruitment of additional 500 Federal Agents into investigative roles.

(5)   Anticipated further redundancies The AFP has not planned for a further redundancy exercise as a direct result of the application of Government efficiency dividends. The AFP, like any other public agency, uses redundancies as part of its ongoing human resource management. Such processes free up resources and enables the AFP to recruit new people with skills and competencies that address the AFP’s new and emerging business priorities.