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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 183

Senator Bushby asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 14 November 2008:

(1)   Which state and territory governments have seconded officers to the department to work for: (a) Infrastructure Australia; or (b) another section of the department.

(2)   For each seconded officer: (a) what is their substantive level; (b) for what period of time have they been seconded; (c) what duties are allocated to them; and (d) is their salary and all other costs associated with the secondment, such as accommodation allowance, airfares, provision of motor vehicles, etc. being paid for by the state or territory government or by the Federal Government.

Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

As Chair of the Council of Australian Governments’ Infrastructure Working Group, Minister Albanese wrote to all Working Group Members earlier this year to ascertain whether any State/Territory Government Employees were available to provide support to Infrastructure Australia to meet its initial work program. This initial work program has included the development of best practice guidelines for Public Private Partnerships, completion of the National Infrastructure Audit and the development of an Infrastructure Priority List for the Council of Australian Governments’ consideration.

All Working Group Members have engaged with the important work of Infrastructure Australia, by providing suitably qualified and experienced senior officers on an ‘as required’ basis. Infrastructure Australia is meeting associated costs, as agreed with Working Group Members.