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Wednesday, 11 August 2004
Page: 2853


Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 1 March 2004:

(1) Would he provide a description of all the programs administered by Airservices Australia including (a) the number of people directly receiving funds or assistance under the program, (b) a breakdown on those receiving funds/assistance under the program by electoral division, (c) the policy objective of the program, (d) whether the program is ongoing, and (e) the funding in each financial year of the forward estimates for the program (with a breakdown of administered and departmental expenses), including (i) how much funding was allocated for the program, (ii) how much is committed to the program, (iii) how much is unspent, and (iv) whether an evaluation of the program effectiveness has been conducted; if so, when that evaluation occurred what were its conclusions.

(2) How many Senior Executive Officers (or equivalent) were employed by Airservices Australia in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004.

(3) What was the base and top (including performance pay) salaries of APS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (or equivalent), Executive Level 1 and 2 (or equivalent), and SES Band 1, Band 2 and Band 3 (or equivalent) in Airservices Australia in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004.

(4) What was the average salary of an SES (or equivalent) in Airservices Australia in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004.

(5) How many staff were issued with mobile phones by Airservices Australia in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004.

(6) What was the total mobile phone bill for Airservices Australia in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004.

(7) How many SES (or equivalent) were issued with cars by Airservices Australia in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004.

(8) What are the details of all `management retreats/training' conducted by Airservices Australia which were attended by employees during (a) 2000-2001, (b) 2001-2002, (c) 2002-2003, and (d) 2003-04 to date, indicating, in respect of those meetings held off Airservices Australia's premises, (i) where (location and hotel) and when they were held, (ii) how much was spent in total, (iii) how much was spent on accommodation, (iv) how much was spent on food, (v) how much was spent alcohol/drinks, and (vi) how much was spent on transport.

(9) How many overseas trips were taken by employees of Airservices Australia in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004 and what were their destinations.

(10) In respect of overseas travel by staff of Airservices Australia in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004 to date, what was the cost (i) in total, (ii) for accommodation, (iii) for meals and incidentals allowances, and (iv) for airfares.

(11) In respect of domestic travel by staff of Airservices Australia in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004 to date, what was the cost (i) in total, (ii) for accommodation, (iii) for meals and incidentals allowances, and (iv) for airfares.

(12) How many overseas trips of ministerial staff were paid for by Airservices Australia in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004 to date.

(13) What was the total cost of overseas trips of ministerial staff paid for by Airservices Australia in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004 to date.

(14) What sum was spent on advertising by Airservices Australia in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004 to date.

(15) Did Airservices Australia produce publications that provided a breakdown of spending on Government programs by electoral division in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004 to date.

(16) What sum was spent on advertising which provided a breakdown of spending on Government programs by electoral division in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004 to date.

(17) How much was spent on consultancies by Airservices Australia in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004 to date.

(18) Did Airservices Australia conduct any surveys of attitudes towards programs it was responsible for in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, and (h) 2003-2004 to date; if so, (i) on which programs were the surveys conducted, and (ii) what were the findings.


Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Not applicable - Airservices Australia does not deliver any administered programs.

(2) Airservices Australia's staff are engaged pursuant to the Air Services Act 1995 and are not covered by the Public Service Act 1999. Airservices Australia has no staff classified as Senior Executive Service (SES) officers. The table below shows the number of Airservices Australia's SES equivalents as at 30 June each year:

Year

No.

1996/97

45

1997/98

45

1998/99

45

1999/00

35

2000/01

38

2001/02

39

2002/03

43

2003/04

43

(3) APS and SES salary level bands do not apply to Airservices Australia. The base and top (including performance pay) salaries of the equivalent levels of APS1-6, EL1&2, and SES1-3 are:

DATE

ASA1

ASA2

ASA3

ASA4

ASA5

ASA6

ASA7

ASA8

ASA9

1996/97

$24,065

$27,235

$31,022

$34,575

$38,564

$41,650

$53,688

$59,167

$63,550

$26,598

$30,202

$33,479

$37,539

$40,889

$47,844

$66,837

$72,315

$79,985

1997/98

$25,098

$28,405

$32,354

$36,060

$40,221

$43,439

$56,077

$61,800

$66,378

$27,740

$31,500

$34,917

$39,152

$42,645

$49,898

$69,811

$75,533

$83,544

1998/99

$26,120

$29,561

$33,671

$37,528

$41,858

$45,207

$58,657

$64,643

$69,431

$28,869

$32,782

$36,338

$40,746

$44,381

$51,929

$73,022

$79,008

$87,387

1999/00

$27,175

$30,755

$35,031

$39,045

$43,549

$47,033

$61,121

$67,358

$72,347

$30,035

$34,107

$37,806

$42,392

$46,174

$54,027

$76,089

$82,326

$91,057

2000/01

$28,908

$32,715

$37,265

$41,534

$46,325

$50,032

$63,719

$70,221

$75,422

$31,949

$36,281

$40,217

$45,095

$49,118

$57,472

$79,323

$85,825

$94,927

2001/02

$29,899

$33,836

$38,543

$42,957

$47,913

$51,747

$67,389

$74,266

$79,767

$33,044

$37,525

$41,596

$46,641

$50,802

$59,443

$83,893

$90,769

$100,395

2002/03

$31,566

$34,886

$39,617

$43,915

$49,241

$53,634

$74,284

$81,864

$87,928

$35,398

$40,130

$44,428

$49,753

$54,147

$63,269

$92,476

$100,056

$110,667

2003/04

$32,680

$36,117

$41,016

$45,465

$50,979

$55,527

$75,770

$83,501

$89,687

$36,648

$41,546

$45,996

$51,510

$56,058

$66,148

$94,326

$102,057

$112,880

For management positions equivalent to SES and some EL1&2 levels, the requested information is not available as Airservices Australia does not use salary bands. The remuneration of Airservices Australia's management positions is determined through the consideration of four factors - the `work value' of the position; the market rate for the position based on advice from Mercer HR Consulting; the requirements of the position as compared to the skills, knowledge and experience of the person; and the individual's performance in the position.

(4) The undernoted table shows the average cash salary of Airservices Australia's SES equivalents.

Year

Average salary

1996/97

n/a *

1997/98

n/a *

1998/99

n/a *

1999/00

n/a *

2000/01

130,400

2001/02

136,300

2002/03

143,720

2003/04

149,230

* This information cannot be provided in the time available to respond to the question as the information is not readily accessible.

(5) This information cannot be provided in the time available to respond to the question as the information is not readily accessible.

(6) The undernoted table shows total expenditure on mobile telephones extracted from the general ledger systems of Airservices Australia:

Year

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Mobile telephone Expenditure ($'000)

n/a *

n/a *

n/a *

n/a *

n/a *

96

190

194

* This information cannot be provided in the time available to respond to the question as the information is not readily accessible.

(7) Airservices Australia does not issue motor vehicles to its SES equivalent management positions. These managers elect to have access to a motor vehicle, the costs of which are charged against their remuneration package under a user pays agreement. Participation in the scheme is voluntary.

(8) This information cannot be provided in the time available to respond to the question as the information is not readily accessible.

(9) This information cannot be provided in the time available to respond to the question as the information is not readily accessible.

(10) The undernoted table shows total expenditure on international travel extracted from the general ledger systems of Airservices Australia. A split of the amounts into the categories of accommodation, meals and incidentals and airfares is not available.

Year

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

International Travel ($'000)

n/a *

n/a *

n/a *

942

1,202

975

1,364

831

* This information cannot be provided in the time available to respond to the question as the information is not readily accessible.

(11) The undernoted table shows total expenditure on domestic travel extracted from the general ledger systems of Airservices Australia. A split of the amounts into the categories of accommodation, meals and incidentals and airfares is not available.

Year

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Domestic Travel ($'000)

n/a *

n/a *

n/a *

6,394

6,847

5,512

7,649

6,531

* This information cannot be provided in the time available to respond to the question as the information is not readily accessible.

(12) Airservices Australia does not fund Ministerial staff's overseas trips - the Department of Finance and Administration, through its Ministerial and Parliamentary Services Group funds these expenses.

(13) Airservices Australia does not fund Ministerial staff's overseas trips - the Department of Finance and Administration, through its Ministerial and Parliamentary Services Group funds these expenses.

(14) The undernoted table shows total expenditure on advertising by Airservices Australia extracted from the general ledger systems of Airservices Australia.

Year

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Advertising ($'000)

n/a *

n/a *

441

298

636

352

461

475

* This information cannot be provided in the time available to respond to the question as the information is not readily accessible.

(15) No publications that provided a breakdown of spending on Government programs by electoral division were produced by Airservices Australia in the period referred to.

(16) No advertising expenditure that provided a breakdown of spending on Government programs by electoral division were incurred by Airservices Australia in the period referred to.

(17) The undernoted table shows total expenditure on consultancies by Airservices Australia, extracted from the general ledger systems of Airservices Australia.

Year

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

Consultancies ($'000)

2,837

2,328

1,373

1,841

2,381

3,889

3,415

4,421

(18) Airservices Australia did not conduct any surveys of attitudes towards specific Government programs it was responsible for during the period referred to. We do conduct periodic employee, customer and stakeholder satisfaction surveys.