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Wednesday, 31 October 1956


Mr Bryant t asked the Minister for Air, upon notice -

1.   What is required of a temporary employee in the Aircraft Inspection Directorate before he can obtain permanency?

2.   Has the directorate at any time suggested to employees that they would be : able to obtain permanency?

3.   How many personnel in Melbourne are employed in (a) a permanent capacity, and (b) a temporary capacity?

4.   How many temporary employees who have applied for permanency in the last four years have been refused and are still employed in the directorate?

5.   What are the usual grounds for the refusal to grant permanency?


Mr Osborne - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Appointments in the Aeronautical Inspection Directorate are governed by the number of permanent vacancies which may occur from time to time. Provided they are within the prescribed age limits temporary employees as well as all other applicants are required to possess an apprenticeship or equivalent trade training or other qualifications dependent on the grade of the position. In view of the limited number of permanent vacancies which occur selection is on a highly competitive basis and is dependent upon the relative efficiency and technical capacity of temporary employees in comparison "to other applicants.

2.   Temporary employees have been advised that consideration will be given to their applications for appointment to permanent vacancies, along with any others which may be received.

3.   The number of inspection staff employed in the Melbourne area is - (a) permanent, 64; (b) temporary, 53. Of the number in (b) seven are in the process of being appointed to permanent vacancies.

4.   Twenty-three temporary employees currently serving in the Melbourne area and who are eligible for appointment to permanent positions on the inspection staff have been unsuccessful in their applications during the last four years.

5.   The usual ground for the non-selection of temporary employees to permanent vacancies, other than age or medical incapacity is superior efficiency and technical ability of the successful applicant in the particular inspection field, due regard being given to the preference clauses of the Public Service Act in relation to permanent officers of the Commonwealth Public Service, and the preference clauses of the Re-establishment and Employment Act in relation to ex-servicemen.

Air Force Dwellings at Williamtown.


Mr Griffiths (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) s asked the Minister for Air. upon notice -

1.   How many Air Force dwellings at Williamtown, New South Wales, are occupied by Royal Australian Air Force personnel?

2.   To what ranks are Air Force dwellings allotted?

3.   How many servicemen of each rank occupy homes at Williamtown?

4.   What is the value of each dwelling?

5.   Are water, sewerage, sanitary or shire rates paid in respect of these dwellings? If so, by whom are they paid?

6.   Who pays the lighting and heating costs in each instance?

7.   What is the amount of weekly rent paid by each occupier?

S.   Are the cottages furnished al the date of letting or are they unfurnished?

9.   How is the rental computed in each instance?

10.   Are any other Commonwealth-owned dwellings occupied by Air Force servicemen near Newcastle?

11.   If so, what is the weekly rent paid, and what is the value of these residences?


Mr Osborne - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Of a total of 47 houses, 39 are occupied by Royal Australian Air Force personnel; five by Army, one by Navy, one by Royal Air Force and one by United States Air Force. The latter eight personnel are on duty with the Royal Australian Air Force at Williamtown.

2.   Air Force dwellings are allotted to all ranks.

3.   Williamtown houses are occupied by the following ranks (Royal Australian Air Force only): - Wing commander, two; squadron leader, six; flight lieutenant, six; flying officer, six; warrant officer, three; flight sergeant, three; sergeant, four; corporal, four; leading aircraftman, five.

4.   The cost of the dwellings is from £3,260 to £6,400 per unit. A recent valuation has not been made.

5.   Water and sewerage are provided as part of the base supply, and such services are paid for by the Commonwealth. ' Shire rates are not paid on Commonwealth properties, but ex gratia payments may be made in respect of residences in lieu of rates, if claimed. No such claim has been made in respect of Williamtown.

6.   The tenants of the dwellings pay for lighting and healing charges.

7.   The weekly rent varies between £1 6s. 3d. and £5 19s. depending on the type of house and the rank of the occupant.

8.   The houses are unfurnished, but, generally, holland blinds and linoleum to the kitchen, bathroom, toilet and laundry are provided.

9.   The rental charged is the economic rental jr 15 per cent, of the member's pay, whichever is the lesser. The economic rental is based on the cost of construction and estimated life of the dwelling.

10.   There are twenty Riley Newsum houses at Booragul which the Royal Australian Air Force has under permissive occupancy from the Department of the Interior. Fourteen of them are occupied by airmen based at Williamtown and six by personnel from Rathmines.

11.   Rental of these houses is £2 9s. a week. The cost of construction was approximately £4,000 a unit, but an up-to-date valuation has not been made.







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