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Thursday, 8 February 2007
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Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for Education, Science and Training, in writing, on 14 September 2006:

For each financial year since 1 July 2000, what was the total cost of (a) gardening and (b) indoor plants for the Minister’s department and agencies.


Ms Julie Bishop (Minister for Education, Science and Training and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

Department of Education, Science and Training

Financial Year

(a) Gardening costs

(b) Indoor plant hire costs

2000-01

$0

$74,859.33

2001-02

$0

$61,188.88

2002-03

$0

$57,586.82

2003-04

$0

$64,793.55

2004-05

$0

$84,826.46

2005-06

$0

$94,187.28

Questacon

(a)   Externally, Questacon only controls to the building footpath. The National Capital Authority controls the grounds. At Fyshwick, the front garden and lawn are maintained by North-South Contractors which provides a monthly service for approximately $80.00 a month.

Financial Year

(b) Indoor plant hire costs

2000-01

$2,641.90

2001-02

$3,750.00

2002-03

$3,511.00

2003-04

$5,219.00

2004-05

$5,175.92

2005-06

$4,787.90

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

Financial Year

(a) Gardening costs

(b) Indoor plant hire costs

2000-01

Not available

Not available

2001-02

$53,318.18

$480.00

2002-03

$86,786.36

$2,407.27

2003-04

$65,032.72

$4,456.36

2004-05

$70,496.36

$5,370.91

2005-06

$113,175.45

$2,028.18

Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

Financial Year

(a) Gardening costs

(b) Indoor plant hire costs

2000-01

$35,232.32

$5,966.68

2001-02

$41,322.74

$5,673.63

2002-03

$42,208.91

$5,990.90

2003-04

$40,477.79

$3,680.14

2004-05

$48,756.05

$3,698.07

2005-06

$40,498.97

$4,107.45

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

(a)   CSIRO is unable to provide this information. CSIRO’s expenditure on garden maintenance is included with cleaning services and materials in expenditure transactions under CSIRO’s General Ledger Account Record (AR) Codes. This, plus the fact that the organisation consists of more than 20 research divisions and other units located on over 50 sites across Australia, with the responsibility for gardening, cleaning and maintenance being handled locally, means that identifying and separating out the costs of gardening from other maintenance costs would need to be undertaken manually at these various sites. Such manual checks of all the records for the past six financial years would require a significant diversion of CSIRO’s staff resources.

(b)   CSIRO is unable to provide this information. CSIRO’s expenditure on indoor plants is included with expenditure transactions on all Office Supplies, Printing and Stationery under CSIRO’s General Ledger Account Record (AR) Code. In many CSIRO locations any expenditure on indoor plant hire will be authorised by a divisional group at a site (i.e. not even at the whole of site level). Manual checking records at this local level would be needed to capture and confirm the relevant items of expenditure. This would require a significant diversion of staff resources.

Australian Research Council (ARC)

Financial Year

(a) Gardening costs

(b) Indoor plant hire costs

2000-01

$0

N/A #

2001-02

$0

N/A *

2002-03

$0

$1,696.00

2003-04

$0

$2,718.00

2004-05

$0

$2,900.00

2005-06

$0

$2,704.00

# The ARC was not established as a separate agency until 1 July 2001

* Payments were processed by the Department of Education, Science and Training

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

(a)   External grass areas are maintained by the Museum and there is no charge to the Institute.

(b)   Due to the Institute’s collection our policy does not allow for indoor plants.