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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1160


Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   How many Departmental Heads, whose office is located in Canberra, do not have a permanent home address in Canberra.

(2)   What accommodation arrangements are made for Departmental Heads who are non-residents of Canberra.

(3)   Which Departmental Heads are involved.


Senator Murphy - The Prime Minister has supplied the following information in answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) A survey made by the Public Service Board in March 1 974 ( and the Board has received no advice of any change in the position since then) showed that with one exception all Permanent Heads of Ministerial Departments whose office is located in Canberra have a permanent home address in Canberra.

The exception is the Secretary, Department of Housing and Construction. The central office of the Department of Housing and Construction has some elements located in Melbourne, while its other elements are located in Canberra. This reflects the different locations of the central offices of the former Department of Works and the former Department of Housing which were amalgamated on 30 November 1973, to form a new Department of Housing and Construction. The former Permanent Head of the former Department of

Works was appointed as Permanent Head of the new Department of Housing and Construction when it was established. His residence is located in Melbourne and his official time is divided between the Canberra and Melbourne offices as required. When in Canberra the Permanent Head receives travelling allowance in accordance with prescribed conditions.

(2)   and (3) On the assumption that the questions relate to Departmental Heads whose office is located in Canberra, but who do not have a permanent home address in Canberrasee answer to 1.

On the assumption that the question relates to Departmental Heads who are non-residents of Canberra and whose office is not located in Canberra, the position is that normal travelling allowance arrangements apply for visits on duty to Canberra (see answer to Question No. 67, Senate Hansard, 19 March 1974, page 414).

The Departmental Heads to whom these arrangements apply are: The Secretary, Department of Labor and Immigration; the Secretary, Department of the Media; the Secretary, Department of the Northern Territory; and the Director-General of Posts and Telegraphs.







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