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Monday, 19 October 2015
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Department of the Environment: Casual Staff Contracts

(Question No. 883)


Mr Conroy asked the Minister for the Environment, in writing, on 17 August 2015:

In respect of labour hire firms contracted by the Minister's department(s) in 2014-15, (a) how many positions were filled using casual staff from labour hire firms, (b) what sum was spent on the provision of these casual staff, and (c) what roles did these casual staff fulfil.


Mr Hunt: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

For the Department of the Environment, during 2014-15

(a), (b) and (c) Under the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, Non-corporate Commonwealth entities must publish all contracts valued at, or over, $10,000 (inc. GST) on AusTender. The listing will include contracts with labour hire firms. Details of these contracts including the business name, description of services and costs associated with the contract can be found at tenders.gov.au. Entities are not required to individually identify contracts valued at less than $10,000.

Details of the number of casual staff hired from Labour hire firms and roles filled are not routinely captured in information management systems of the Department, and could only be obtainable through consultation with individual teams across the Department. To attempt to provide this information would involve an unreasonable diversion of departmental resources.