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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
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Senator Sherry asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 8 October 2002:

With reference to Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) audit report no. 65 tabled on 28 June 2002, Management of Commonwealth Superannuation Benefits to Members—ComSuper:

(1) In figure 3.10 the ANAO report states that, in the period from January 2001 August 2001, the Department of Veterans' Affairs did not report 38 per cent of changes in member contribution rates to ComSuper: What steps has the department taken to ensure that changes in member contribution rates are reported to ComSuper in a more timely manner?

(2) In the period since August 2001, what proportion of changes in member contribution rates was not reported to ComSuper.

(3) In each of the years starting 1 July 2000 and 1 July 2001, what proportion of changes in member contribution rates was not reported to ComSuper.


Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has provided the following answers to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The non-reporting referred to by ComSuper was the result of interface errors between the Department of Veterans' Affairs payroll system and ComSuper's system during January and February 2001. When this was identified, a process was put in place for the missing data to be provided to ComSuper to manually update their records. At the same time the software inadequacy was addressed and rectified.

(2) As stated in part (1) above, the improvements to the software interface were made in February 2001, and a subsequent comparative data run revealed that it was reporting all relevant data following these changes.

(3) The proportion of information for employees of the Department of Veterans' Affairs not correctly recorded by ComSuper during the financial year 2000-2001 was, as reported by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO), 38%. At the end of 2001/2002, a further data comparison was undertaken, and ComSuper confirmed that the improvements made to the software interface are continuing to work as intended, and no data was missed during that year.