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Thursday, 4 June 1987
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(Question No. 5428)


Mr Hodges asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' 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 Holding —The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) A figure is not available on the cost of implementing the Department's EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) Program. Costs are included within the Department's salaries and administrative costs, which are not itemised on a unit staffing cost basis.

Recruitment for EEO staff is carried out in the same way as for other staff, i.e. through advertisement in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, and office facilities and training are available to EEO staff under the same conditions and arrangements as for other staff.

(2) (a) Full time EEO Co-ordinators are employed within the Department as follows:

Central Office

One CLAD 11-Salary $40,686

One CLAD 8-Salary $32,326

NSW Branch Office

One CLAD 7-Salary $29,269

NSW RGH (Concord)

One CLAD 7-Salary $29,269

Victorian Branch Office

One CLAD 7-Salary $29,269

Victorian-RGH (Heidelberg)

One CLAD 7-Salary $29,269

Queensland Branch Office

One CLAD 7-Salary $29,269

South Australia

One CLAD 6-Salary $26,640

Western Australia

One CLAD 6-Salary $26,640

(b) One part-time position-i.e. half of this officer's duties are devoted to EEO-has been established in Tasmania:

Tasmania

Half of one CLAD 6-Salary $26,640

(3) As with question (1), no figure is available for recurrent costs for EEO implementation.