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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
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Senator Minchin asked the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, 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 Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

This question was also asked of the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy (question No. 44). The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research will provide a Portfolio response to question 28 and 44.

The information provided below relates to my Portfolio after the Machinery of Government changes on 3 December 2007. The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows.

The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research:

(1)   Fifteen. Included in this fifteen are four employees which spend approximately 0.1, 0.1, 0.25 and 0.5 respectively of their time on these duties.

(2)   Responsibilities include:

AusIndustry

  • Ministerial Media Manager - provides a principal contact point for media liaison with the Minister’s office and for directing media enquiries to the relevant delegated AusIndustry spokesperson and drafting media releases on behalf of Ministers for AusIndustry program related announcements.
  • Editorial Manager - drafts media releases on behalf of Ministers for AusIndustry program related announcements and also prepares editorial about AusIndustry’s key messages and programs for media placement.

Biotechnology Australia

  • Manages issues that arise, drafts media statements and is the contact for media releases and enquiries.
  • Undertakes media monitoring and provides weekly e-news summaries.

Corporate Division

  • Public Affairs - Provide strategic communications advice to Divisions in the Department, event management, publication management, stakeholder management and liaise with external suppliers for various communication activities.
  • Media Management & Media Liaison - Provide advice and guidance to the Department on the generation of media releases. Responsible for the drafting and distribution of media releases.
  • Media Monitoring - manage the media monitoring contracts and the distribution of media clips.

Global Opportunites

  • Public affairs - Provide strategic direction, develop, monitor and manage global public relations strategies and associated contracts. Provide a high level of support to in-market personnel, including preparation of media releases and communications.
  • Media management and liaison - respond to media enquiries, prepare media briefs and facilitate or contribute to international media visit programs. Direct and coordinate media training. Coordinate international media monitoring of proactive coverage.

Questacon

  • Public Affairs.
  • Media activities.
  • Media liaison and monitoring.

 

Expenditure - Innovation Division

2007-08

Operating Budget

$1,811,411

 

Expenditure - Corporate Division

2007-08

Operating Budget

$1,578,471

 

Expenditure - Global Opportunities

2007-08

Operating Budget

$483,346

 

Expenditure - Questacon

2007-08

Operating Budget

$80,553

 

Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

(1)   Two. Each employee spends approximately 0.2 and 0.5 respectively of their time on these duties.

(2)   Responsibilities include media management; and liaison with the media and monitoring of data from Media Monitors (an external provider).

(3)   AIMS does not employ staff under the Public Service Act 1999 rather AIMS employs staff under the Australian Institute of Marine Science Act 1972. The classifications of these employees are:

Classification

Number of Positions

AOF4.4

1

AOF5.1

1

(4)   Budgets are unable to be provided beyond 2007-08 as they have not yet been determined. Estimated budgets for 2007-08 have been provided as the financial year has not yet been completed.

Expenditure

2007-08

Operating Budget

$76,000

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

(1)   Sixteen. Included in this total, are a number of staff which spend a proportion of their time on these duties which is equivalent to 11 full time staff.

(2)   Responsibilities include:

  • education programs for schools;
  • community interaction and education, including tours;
  • ANSTO publications, including the Annual Report, the Corporate Social Responsibility Report, electronic newsletters and scientific brochures;
  • external and internal website management;
  • media interaction; and
  • internal communications.

(3)   ANSTO does not employ staff under the Public Service Act 1999, rather ANSTO has its own salary bands specific to the organisation. The classifications of these employees are:

Classification

Number of Positions

Band 1

1

Band 2

1

Band 3

8

Band 4

1

Band 6

2

Band 7

1

Band 8

1

General Manager

1

(4)   Budgets are unable to be provided beyond 2007-08 as they have not yet been determined. Estimated budgets for 2007-08 have been provided as the financial year has not yet been completed.

Expenditure

2007-08

Operating Budget

$1,203,000

Australian Research Council (ARC)

(1)   Two.

(2)   Responsibilities include providing advice on, planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the ARC’s external communications strategy, which includes media liaison and monitoring, and a range of public relations and marketing activities.

(3)   

Classification

Number of Positions

APS5

1

EL1

1

(4)   Budgets are unable to be provided beyond 2007-08 as they have not yet been determined. Estimated budgets for 2007-08 have been provided as the financial year has not yet been completed.

Expenditure

2007-08

Operating Budget

$382,000

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

(1)   Four. However, there are a number of officers who are engaged, on occasion, in liaison with the media as part of their broader science communication or other research duties.

(2)   Responsibilities include: distribution of CSIRO media releases, podcast and other material; liaison with media; and coordination of media activities.

(3)   CSIRO does not employ staff under the Public Service Act 1999, rather CSIRO employs staff under the Science and Industry Research (SIR) Act 1949. The classifications of these employees are:

Classification

Number of Positions

CSOF3

1

CSOF4

1

CSOF5

1

CSOF6

1

(4)   Budgets are unable to be provided beyond 2007-08 as they have not yet been determined. Estimated budgets for 2007-08 have been provided as the financial year has not yet been completed.

Expenditure

2007-08

Operating Budget

$243,000

IP Australia

(1)   One. This employee spends approximately 0.2 of their time on these duties.

(2)   Responsibilities include: preparation of press releases; and fielding calls from journalists and arranging an appropriate response.

(3)   EL2.

(4)   Budgets are unable to be provided beyond 2007-08 as they have not yet been determined. Estimated budgets for 2007-08 have been provided as the financial year has not yet been completed.

Expenditure

2007-08

Operating Budget

$613,530

*The Operating Budget provided is for the Marketing and Customer Engagement section which engages in range of activities which are broader than those specified in the question.