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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1607


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous 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.


Senator Chris Evans (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) —The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

The information provided below relates to the Minister’s portfolio after the machinery of government changes which took place on 3 December 2007.

Following the Machinery of Government changes, the Minister’s portfolio consists of the department as well as the following agencies: Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL), Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA), Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC), and the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA).

Agency

On-going employees engaged in public affairs, media management, media liaison and media monitoring (FTE)

Responsibilities of these staff

Australian Public Service classifications

FaHCSIA

37

Media liaison, media monitoring, market research, publications development, printing and design management, web content development, website management, communication strategy development and implementation, event management, advertising, speech writing, branding, editing, writing, photo library management, corporate stationery.

2 x Senior Public Affairs Officer Grade 2

1 x Senior Public Affairs Officer Grade 1

7 x Public Affairs Officer Grade 3

10 x Public Affairs Officer Grade 2

4 x Public Affairs Officer Grade 1

1 x EL 2

4 x EL 1

4 x APS 6

2 x APS 5

2 x APS 4

AHL

2

Marketing, publications and website management

APS 5

APS 4

EOWA

3.6

Website management, publications, media programs, marketing, branding, research projects, strategic communications.

EL 1

APS 5

APS 5

APS 6

IBA

5

Media monitoring, media liaison, publications development, printing and design management, website management, communication strategy development and implementation, advertising, speech writing, branding, editing, writing, photo library management, corporate stationery

IBA staff are not employed under the Australian Public Service Act.

ILC

2

Media liaison, media releases, speech writing, publications, marketing, corporate displays, media monitoring.

ILC staff are not employed under the Australian Public Service Act.

TSRA

1

Media liaison, speech writing, media monitoring, publications, correspondence preparation, website management, marketing and publicity, client surveys, media training.

APS 6

The current and future operating budgets (where available) for the department’s Communication and Media Branch and portfolio agencies are:

Agency

Operating budget

2007-08

(at December 2007)

Operating budget

2008-09

Operating budget

2010-11

Operating budget

2011-12

FaHCSIA

$6,941,661

To be determined

To be determined

To be determined

AHL

$364,809.00

To be determined

To be determined

To be determined

EOWA

$490,257

$433,330

$442, 800

$452,600

IBA

$320,500

To be determined

To be determined

To be determined

ILC

$407,143

$ 433,200 Estimate only

$ 456,159 Estimate only

$ 484,897 Estimate only

TSRA

$119,198

$118,633 Estimate only

$118,070 Estimate only

To be determined