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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4640


Mr Enderby asked the Prime Minister, upon notice: ls it a fact thai persons possessing library qualifications who enter the Commonwealth Public Service at Third Division level in the library field cannot progress beyond the equivalent of Clerk, Class 4 without acquiring graduate qualifications whereas persons entering the Third Division without qualifications can progress beyond Clerk, Class 4 without acquiring additional qualifications: if so, why.


Mr McMahon - The Public -Service Board has supplied the following information:

Persons who enter the Third Division of the Commonwealth Service in the library field are employed as Library Officers or Librarians.

For employment as a Library Officer, a person must have successfully, completed the Registration Examination of the Library Association of Australia or possess an equivalent qualification, lt is a requirement of the Association that applicants for this examination be qualified for matriculation at an Australian University.

Advancement as a Library Officer is possible from Library Officer Grade 1 to Library Officer Grade 2. Because they possess a standard of general education which satisfies' the minimum requirements lor employment in the Third Division of the Service, Library Officers are also eligible to seek promotion to positions in the clerical administrative work area including position* of Clerk Class 4 and higher.

For employment as a Librarian, a person ia required to possess qualifications which admit to . a degree of a University or a diploma of a College of Advanced Education and to have successfully completed the Registration Examination of the Library Association of Australia or equivalent.

Library Officers who obtain a degree or diploma are therefore eligible to seek advancement in the librarian structure. As Third Division officers, they, are also eligible for advancement in the clerical administrative work area generally, as. mentioned above.







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