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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Page: 8620

Australia Post: Clyde International Mail Centre Screening

(Question No. 947)


Mr Morrison asked the Minister for Home Affairs , in writing , on 22 March 2012 :

(1) In (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07, (c) 2007-08, (d) 2008-09, (e) 2009-10, (f) 2010-11, and (g) 2011-12, what number of staff were employed at the Clyde International Mail Centre by (i) Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs), (ii) the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), and (iii) Australia Post.

(2) How many staff currently at the Clyde International Mail Centre, are employed by (a) Customs, (b) the AQIS, and (c) Australia Post.

(3) What is the average length of employment at the Clyde International Mail Centre.

(4) How many staff left their employment at the Clyde International Mail Centre in the calendar years (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, and (d) 2011.

(5) What is the breakdown of those who departed by agency, namely (a) Customs, (b) the AQIS, and (c) Australia Post, and the reasons for their departure, namely (i) transfer, (ii) redundancy, or (iii) dismissal.

(6) Have any persons who have worked at the Clyde International Mail Centre in the past five calendar years been investigated, charged or dismissed for any offences or inappropriate behaviour that may have comprised the security of the operations of that facility; if so, how many have been investigated charged and/or dismissed.

(7) Would the scanning of mail items at the Clyde International Mail Centre detect the presence of any metals and plastics contained in them.


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

In the below answers, Customs refers to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and

DAFF refers to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry which includes the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS).

(1)—

 

Year

Number of staff employed at the Clyde International Mail Centre

(i) Customs

(ii) DAFF

(iii) Australia Post

(a)

2005-06

86

114

298

(b)

2006-07

86

99

298

(c)

2007-08

99

125

332

(d)

2008-09

99

128

336

(e)

2009-10

97

143

341

(f)

2010-11

100

123

323

(g)

2011-12

97*

121^

321+

* As of 24 April 2012

^ As of 27 March 2012

+ As of 29 February 2012

(2) The number of staff currently employed at the Clyde International Mail Centre is as follows:

Agency

Staff employed at Clyde International Mail Centre

(a) Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

97*

(b) Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

121^

(c) Australia Post

321+

* As of 24 April 2012

^ As of 27 March 2012

+As of February 2012

(3) The average length of employment at the Clyde International Mail Centre is as follows:

Agency

Average length of employment (years)

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

2.5

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

9

Australia Post

20

(4)

   

Year

Number of staff who have left their employment at the

Clyde International Mail Centre

Customs

DAFF

Australia Post

(a)

2008

31

52

56

(b)

2009

18

43

40

(c)

2010

9

45

51

(d)

2011

10

44

19

(5)—

Year

 

Breakdown of staff who departed employment at the

Clyde International Mail Centre

(a) Customs

(b) DAFF

(c) Australia Post

2008

(i) transfer

21

51

0

(ii) redundancy

1

0

0

(iii) dismissal

0

0

0

2009

(i) transfer

16

39

0

(ii) redundancy

0

0

7

(iii) dismissal

0

0

0

2010

(i) transfer

7

40

0

(ii) redundancy

0

0

0

(iii) dismissal

0

1

0

2011

(i) transfer

7

25

0

(ii) redundancy

0

0

10

(iii) dismissal

0

0

0

(6) Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

No.

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

No.

Australia Post

No.

(7) The Border Agencies' scanning technology at the Clyde International Mail Centre allow for the detection and differentiation of a number of materials—including metals and plastics. This scanning technology is complemented by intelligence-led intervention, trace detection and physical examination.