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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1600


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Minister representing the Minister for Social Inclusion, the Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation and the Minister representing the Minister for Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 12 February 2008:

As at 26 November 2007, with reference to the department and all agencies in the Minister’s portfolio:

(1)   How many employees are engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring.

(2)   What are the responsibilities of these staff.

(3)   What are the Australian Public Service classifications of these positions.

(4)   For each of the financial years 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11, what is the current operating budget for these media-related sections within the department or agency. Minister representing the Minister for Education Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister representing the Minister for Social Inclusion


Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   As at 4 December 2007, there was a total of 18 employees across the department and eight agencies engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison with the media and media monitoring.

(2)   Media staff are responsible for:

  • answering media enquiries;
  • preparing media releases;
  • liaising with the Minister’s office;
  • managing the department’s media monitoring contract;
  • daily monitoring of the media; and
  • promoting awards and events associated with the portfolio.

(3)   The Australian Public Service classifications for these positions are as follows:

  • 3.3 x Executive level 2 (FTE)
  • 7.4 x Executive Level 1 (FTE)
  • 5 x APS level 6 (FTE)
  • 2 x APS level 5 (FTE)
  • 0.3 x APS level 3 (FTE)

(4)   The operating budget for the department is $947,584 (salaries, superannuation and general administration for 11 staff) and $578,665 for the eight agencies (salaries, superannuation and general administration for 7 staff). Information on the out years is not available.