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Wednesday, 15 March 2000
Page: 12921


Senator Faulkner asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 2 November 1999:

As a dollar amount, and as a percentage of the department's total outlay on salaries, what was the cost in the 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99 financial years of: (a) staff training; (b) consultants; and (c) performance pay.


Senator Hill (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The honourable senator has asked identical questions of both ministers. The following answer is provided on behalf of both Ministers in response to the honourable senator's question:

(a)

STAFF TRAINING

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

Dollar Amount

$4,226,229

$6,349,887

$5,618,787

Per Cent of the Total

1.75%

2.76%

2.24%

Outlay on Salaries

(b)

CONSULTANTS

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

Dollar Amount

$2,602,390

$3,269,743

$3,186,252

Per Cent of the Total

1.08%

1.42%

1.27%

Outlay on Salaries

(c)

PERFORMANCE PAY*

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

Dollar Amount

$440,767

$2,853,000

$4,040,000

Per Cent of the Total

0.18%

1.24%

1.61%

Outlay on Salaries

* Notes:

Performance pay was for SES officers only in the 1996-97 financial year. The first round of the Department's current performance management system, which awards pay rises and bonuses to non-SES staff as well, became effective from 1 January 1998. The above figures include paypoint movements and bonuses.