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Thursday, 15 November 1973
Page: 3469

Mr Bennett asked the Postmaster-General upon notice:

(1)   Was the survey on which the regrading of post offices was based, particularly in Western Australia, commenced prior to 1973.

(2)   If so, when was it completed.

(3)   Will he review regradings in expanding areas so that the subsequent and future population growth since thelast survey is taken into account.

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes. It was commenced immediately following 30 June 1972.

(2)   The reviews were completed in October 1972.

(3)   The gradings of all official post offices are reviewed triennially. At the review gradings are determined with a view to ensuring that the grade of each office will appropriately reflect the Postmasters responsibility for the ensuing 3 years.

Projected business trends and development are taken into account as are the views of the Postmasters' Association with whom the gradings are discussed when decisions are being taken. The grading of each office is further reviewed upon the Postmaster's position becoming vacant.

If more frequent reviews were undertaken It would be necessary to review those offices which may justify downgrading as well as those which may warrant an upward adjustment.

However, in the light of the present practice more frequent reviews would not be justified.

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