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Notice given 17 January 2006

1466  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Has the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) engaged Korda Mentha to undertake a consultancy in relation to the Chief Financial Controller; if so, what was the nature of this work.

(2) What procurement guidelines were followed in relation to the letting of this contract.

(3) If subject to an open tender process, how many tenders were lodged and who lodged tenders.

(4) If subject to a restricted tender process, which companies were invited to lodge a tender and who determined which companies would be invited a submit a tender.

(5) If there was no tender process, on what basis was Korda Mentha granted the contract and what process was followed to ensure that CASA received value for money.

(6) (a) When was the contract let; (b) when did work commence; and (c) when was that work completed.

(7) What was the value of the contract and was there any variation in the agreed price; if so: (a) what was the basis for varying the contract price; and (b) who approved the variation in the contract price.

(8) What was the total cost of this work.

1467  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Did the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) engage Korda Mentha to undertake a due diligence review of the CASA Improvement Program (CASAIP).

(2) What procurement guidelines were followed in relation to the letting of this contract.

(3) If subject to an open tender process, how many tenders were lodged and who lodged tenders.

(4) If subject to a restricted tender process, which companies were invited to lodge a tender and who determined which companies would be invited a submit a tender.

(5) If there was no tender process, on what basis was Korda Mentha granted the contract and what process was followed to ensure that CASA received value for money.

(6) (a) When was the contract let; (b) when did work on the review commence; and (c) when was that work completed.

(7) What was the value of the contract and was there any variation in the agreed price; if so: (a) what was the basis for varying the contract price; and (b) who approved the variation in the contract price.

 

 (8) What was the total cost of the review.

(9) What recommendations did the review make in relation to CASAIP.

(10) Did the review conclude that CASA was receiving an appropriate return, or would receive an appropriate return, from its investment in CASAIP.

(11) Who considered the findings of the review.

(12) Which recommendations were accepted and which recommendations were rejected.

(13) Have all the recommendations made in relation to CASAIP that were accepted now been implemented; if so, when was that worked completed; if not, when will that work be completed.

1472  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Does the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) have offices in Melbourne, Moorabbin and Canberra.

(2) What was the total cost of establishing these offices, disaggregated to show relevant costs.

(3) What is the total cost of maintaining these offices, disaggregated to show relevant costs including but not necessarily limited to equipment purchase and hire, maintenance and staffing costs.

(4) Does the CEO also work at a fourth office located at his residence; if so: (a) what was the total cost of establishing this office, disaggregated to show relevant costs; (b) what annual costs are met by CASA, disaggregated to show relevant costs including, but not necessarily limited to, equipment purchase and hire, maintenance and staffing; (c) what equipment has been purchased and/or hired for this office; and (d) what rules apply to the use of this equipment.

(5) In the 2004-05 financial year, what period of time, other than weekends, was spent by the CEO working out of the office at his residence.

(6) In the 2004-05 financial year, how many full working days did the CEO spend at: (a) his Canberra office; (b) his Moorabbin office; (c) his Melbourne office; and, if applicable (d) his home office.

1475  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) What rules apply to partners or family members of senior departmental officers, or senior officials employed in government agencies, travelling at government expense.

(2) What process is used to assess whether the travel costs of partners or family members of senior departmental officers or senior officials are met by the Government.

(3) (a) Who undertakes such an assessment; and (b) who approves funding for family travel.

1478  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Audit and Risk Committee:

(1) When was the committee established.

(2) Who initiated its establishment.

(3) Who has chaired the committee and, in each case, what were the terms of the appointment.

 

 (4) Who has been appointed to the committee and, in each case: (a) what were the terms of the appointment; and (b) was the appointee a CASA employee, contractor or consultant; if a contractor or consultant, what was the name of the company that employed the appointee.

(5) What audits have been undertaken by the committee and, in each case: (a) who determined the audit would be undertaken; (b) when did the audit commence; (c) when was it completed; and (d) what was the outcome of the audit.

(6) In addition to the Audit and Risk Committee, what other audit processes are in place within CASA.

(7) Since 1 January 2003, what audits have been undertaken using these other audit processes and, in each case: (a) who determined the audit would be undertaken; (b) when did the audit commence; (c) when was it completed; and (d) what was the outcome of the audit.