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Wednesday, 29 March 2006
Page: 200


Mr Bowen asked the Minister for Trade, in writing, on 31 May 2005:

(1)   How many persons were employed by the Minister’s department in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, (h) 2003-2004, (i) 2004-2005.

(2)   What was the rate of staff turnover in the Minister’s department in (a) 1996-1997, (b) 1997-1998, (c) 1998-1999, (d) 1999-2000, (e) 2000-2001, (f) 2001-2002, (g) 2002-2003, (h) 2003-2004, (i) 2004-2005.


Mr Vaile (Minister for Trade) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   This information is contained in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Annual Reports for those years.

(2)   The Department does not collect statistics that relate specifically to staff turnover rates. However, retention rates, as recorded in the annual State of the Service Report, provide a guide to the rate of staff turnover. The retention rates of the Department for the years 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004 and 2004-2005, as recorded in the annual State of the Service Report, were

1999-2000

91 per cent

2000-2001

93 per cent

2001-2002

93 per cent

2002-2003

95 per cent

2003-2004

94 per cent

2004-2005

94 per cent

Figures are not available for the retention rates in 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99.