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Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Page: 1623


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, 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 Minister for Resources and Energy 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

Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism:

(1)   , (2) & (3) As at 4 December 2007, the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism had no employees engaged in positions responsible for public affairs, media management, liaison or media monitoring. Media and public affairs services were being provided by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

(4)   As the Department has just been established it has yet to create its internal budget allocations.

National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA)

(1)   NOPSA employs one staff member with responsibility for public affairs and management/liaison with the media.

(2)   The staff member employed in this role has the following responsibilities, to:

  • facilitate the promotion, by NOPSA, of occupational health and safety to persons engaged in offshore petroleum operations;
  • provides support to Regulatory Operations within NOPSA in the conduct of promotional activities and the development of a major accident event communication plan;
  • coordinates promotional activities including the management of promotional events;
  • prepares external communications and publications, including the Annual Report, the monthly CEO newsletter, and maintains the relevant distribution lists.
  • supports regulatory operations in actively and regularly communicating with industry associations and representatives to foster consistency of promotion and advice to NOPSA stakeholders.

(3)   The position is an APS level 6.

(4)   The budget for this position is $50,000. Budgets for forward years are as follows; 2008-2009       $103,000 2009-2010       $108,000 2010-2011       $114,000

Geoscience Australia

(1)   Geoscience Australia employs four staff members with responsibility for public affairs and management/liaison with the media, with one additional position currently vacant.

(2)   The staff members employed in these roles have the responsibilities of science communications, media liaison, management and monitoring, event management, publication editing, web publishing and editing as well as ministerial briefings and correspondence.

(3)   The staff members employed are; one Executive Level 2, one Executive Level 1 and 3 APS 6 level positions.

(4)   The budget for these positions in 2007-2008 is $346,877 . Budgets for forward years have not currently been finalised.