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Wednesday, 3 June 1987
Page: 3945

(Question No. 5409)

Mr Hodges asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, 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 annual recurrent expenditure to maintain the EEO unit.

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

(1) There was no staffing allocation made specifically for the development and implementation of EEO programs when the 1984 Public Service Reform legislation was introduced. The introduction of EEO in the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs has been an integrated part of its Corporate Management program. It is therefore difficult to separate the specific costs associated with the implementation of the EEO program.

(2) As part of the Department's Corporate Management program the following staff resources were diverted for the initial introduction and implementation. It is expected these resources will be reintegrated into other Personnel Management functions in the future.

(a) One full time Clerical Administrative Class 9 ($36,305 per annum)

(b) 50% Clerical Administrative Class 7 ($14,630 per annum)

Nominated EEO contact officers are in place in all regional offices to carry over EEO responsibilities.

(3) Annual recurrent expenditure is estimated as follows:

EEO staffing




Training and consultations