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Notice given 18 September 2012

Senator Humphries: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2169-2216)—In regard to the 2012-13 financial year:

(1) What is the net financial effect on the department’s budget of: (a) the original 1.5 per cent efficiency dividend; (b) the additional 2.5 per cent efficiency dividend; and (c) other savings measures as introduced in the 2012-13 Budget papers.

(2) What measures or strategies are being considered to ensure continued operation within the budget and efficiency dividend targets of the department.

(3) What percentage of total expenditure is represented by staff costs.

(4) Is a net reduction in: (a) staff; and (b) consultants and/or contractors, expected for the financial year; if so, can a quantitative total for each reduction be provided.

(5) How many: (a) voluntary redundancies; and (b) involuntary redundancies, are expected to be executed.

(6) What is the current distribution of full-time equivalent staff across classification bands.

2176 Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

2177 Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

2182 Minister for Foreign Affairs

2189 Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness

2216 Minister for Multicultural Affairs ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship on 9 November 2012 )