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Wednesday, 28 March 1973
Page: 841

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Labour, upon notice:

(1)   From surveys carried out by his Department what (a) number and (b) percentage of Australian firms has designed personnel selection procedures.

(2)   What (a) number and (b) percentage has developed ability or aptitude testing programs.

(3)   When was the last survey completed in the field of selection procedure.

(4)   Will he update this information to cover 1972.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am informed that the answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   A survey of personnel practices undertaken by my Department in 1967 found that out of568 firms drawn from all States of Australia, 400 or 70 per cent reported that they had designed the personnel selection procedures they were using.

(2)   This survey also found that 259 or 46 per cent of the 568 firms had developed ability or aptitude testing programs.

(3)   and (4) As recently as September 1972 my Department carried out a survey to examine aspects of recruitment and selection procedures in a range of Australian firms. The results of this survey are currently being analysed.

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