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Wednesday, 17 April 1985
Page: 1330

(Question No. 213)

Mr Ruddock asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 20 March 1985:

(1) How many employees of the Minister's Department receive a language availability performance allowance.

(2) Is any record kept of the languages spoken by the staff and the ability of such staff receiving this allowance to meet the needs of the clients of the Minister's Department.

(3) What operational procedures are in place to ensure that all such skills for which allowances are paid are effectively used in pursuit of the Minister's Department's objectives.

Mr Hurford —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The table below gives the number of employees of the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs throughout Australia who receive a language availability performance allowance (LAPA)


No. of Employees

New South Wales 43 Victoria 39 Queensland 7 South Australia 5 Western Australia 7 Tasmania 3 Northern Territory 3 Australian Capital Territory 9

Total 116

(2) and (3) Records are kept in all offices of the languages spoken by the staff. Language skills and regularity of use are monitored to ensure eligibility for LAPA.