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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2813


Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   How many appointments have been made to the Department of Social Security since 2 December 1972.

(2)   In what classifications were those appointments made.

(3)   What is the total annual salary cost of the appointments.

(4)   How many of the appointees will be transferred to the proposed Health Insurance Commission when it is formed.

(5)   How many ofthe appointees will become redundant when the new Commission is formed.


Senator Wheeldon (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Repatriation and Compensation) - The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) The Department of Social Security was established on 19 December 1972. From 19 December 1972 to 3 October 1974, the net increase in the Department's operative staff was 1466 which included nearly 500 Health Insurance and benefits staff transferred from Department of Health. In the same period, there were some 3021 new staff appointed to the Department but, in many cases, these appointments were made to offset normal staff wastage.

(2)   The majority of the new appointments were to the Clerical and Clerical Assistant classifications. Other staff were recruited to the following classifications: keyboard operators, social workers, therapists, nursing staff, doctors, psychologists, librarians, programmers, journalists and other miscellaneous Fourth Division classifications (e.g. labourers, etc.).

(3)   The approximate expenditure incurred on salaries as a result ofthe net increase in the Department's staff since 19 December 1972, is as follows:

 

On an annual basis, the estimated expenditure on salaries in respect of these appointments would be:

(a)   $2.6m.

(b)   $4.8m.

(c)   $628,000. Total $8,028,000.

(4)   On 19 September 1974, some 21 staff of the Department were transferred to the Health Insurance Commission.

(5)   None.







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