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Tuesday, 16 March 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE - The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honorable senator's question: - 1 and 2. The following schedule shows salaries received by medical technologists employed by the Commonwealth in the six States and in the Australian Capital Territory and In the Northern Territory: -


3 to 6- In its Report to Parliament for the year 1963-64, the Public Service Board drew attention to the fact that another development in pay policy for categories within the Third Division was the decision of the Board that in future pay rates for medical technologists should no longer be based on the general practice of establishing a uniform rate of pay for application throughout the Commonwealth. Following examination by a board/ departmental working party, the Board concluded that the dominant employers in this field were the various State authorities and that, in view of the widely divergent rates of pay established by these authorities, the application of a uniform Commonwealth rate would be unduly disruptive. Accor dingly, the Board decided that the pay rates for this Third Division group should, in each State, be based on the Commonwealth Service basic was plus the marginal rates determined by the S:s:o authorities, with such rounding off as was necessary to provide a balanced salary scale.

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