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Monday, 19 November 2012
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Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport

(Question No. 2174)

Senator Humphries asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Arts, upon notice, on 18 September 2012:

In regard to the 2012-13 financial year:

(1) What is the net financial effect on the department's budget of:

(a) the original 1.5 per cent efficiency dividend;

(b) the additional 2.5 per cent efficiency dividend; and

(c) other savings measures as introduced in the 2012-13 Budget papers.

(2) What measures or strategies are being considered to ensure continued operation within the budget and efficiency dividend targets of the department.

(3) What percentage of total expenditure is represented by staff costs.

(4) Is a net reduction in:

(a) staff; and

(b) consultants and/or contractors, expected for the financial year; if so, can a quantitative total for each reduction be provided.

(5) How many:

(a) voluntary redundancies; and

(b) involuntary redundancies, are expected to be executed.

(6) What is the current distribution of full-time equivalent staff across classification bands.

Senator Lundy: The Minister for the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Please refer to the response provided in question 2173.