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Notice given 20 March 2002

*4  Chair of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee (Senator Forshaw): To move—

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 12 December 2002:

Recruitment and training in the Australian Public Service (APS).

(2) That, in considering this matter, the committee examine and report on the following issues:

(a) recruitment, including:

(i) the trends in recruitment to the APS over recent years,

(ii) the trends, in particular, in relation to the recruitment to the APS of young people, both graduates and non graduates,

(iii) the employment opportunities for young people in the APS, and

(iv) the efficiency and effectiveness of the devolved arrangements for recruitment in the APS;

(b) training and development, including:

(i) the trends in expenditure on training and development in the APS over recent years,

(ii) the methods used to identify training needs in the APS,

(iii) the methods used to evaluate training and development provided in the APS,

(iv) the extent of accredited and articulated training offered in the APS,

(v) the processes used in the APS to evaluate training providers and training courses,

(vi) the adequacy of training and career development opportunities available to APS employees in regional areas,

(vii) the efficiency and effectiveness of the devolved arrangements for training in the APS,

(viii) the value for money represented by the training and development dollars spent in the APS, and

(ix) the ways training and development offered to APS employees could be improved in order to enhance the skills of APS employees;

(c) the role of the Public Service Commissioner pursuant to section 41(1)(i) of the Public Service Act 1999 in coordinating and supporting APS-wide training and career development opportunities in the APS; and

(d) any other issues relevant to the terms of reference but not referred to above which arise in the course of the inquiry.

Orders of the Day

Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented on annual reports tabled by 31 October 2001.

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented in respect of the 2001-02 additional estimates.

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee

Report to be presented in respect of the 2001-02 additional estimates.

Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee

Report to be presented in respect of the 2001-02 additional estimates.