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Friday, 29 May 1987
Page: 3666

(Question No. 5418)

Mr Hodges asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 12 May 1987:

(1) What has been the cost of implementing Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) programs in the Minister's Department, including all costs associated with the recruitment of EEO officers, advertising, office facilities, training and development programs.

(2) How many (a) full-time and (b) part-time EEO officers are employed in the Department and what salaries do they receive.

(3) What is the estimated recurrent expenditure to maintain the EEO unit.

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

(1) The Department of Social Security has approached its Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) responsibilities with the aim of integrating EEO principles into its general management functions as far as possible.

It is not possible to separate to any meaningful extent, the costs associated with implementation of EEO programs from associated expenditure e.g. in training and staff development programs.

(2) Currently there are twelve full-time and one part-time staff allocated specifically to EEO matters. They act as co-ordinators, facilitators, analysts and monitors of the Department's progress towards achievement of its EEO goals and are spread across all States, Territories and Central Office.

These staff and their salary costs are:

1 x CLAD Class 11 ... $ 41,000

3 x CLAD Class 9 ... $105,000

1 x CLAD Class 8 ... $ 32,000

4 x CLAD Class 7 ... $117,000

3 x CLAD Class 6 ... $ 80,000

1 x CLAD Class 5 ...(part-time)...$ 10,000

Total ... $385,000

(3) The estimated annual recurrent expenditure to maintain the Department's specifically allocated EEO staff and certain direct aspects of their activities is:

salaries (as above) ... $385,000

travel ... $ 58,000

printing ... $ 7,000

consultancy... $ 30,000

consultation with unions ... $ 10,000

Total ... $490,000