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Thursday, 3 December 2015
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Department of Health: Departmental Staff Domestic and International Travel

(Question No. 1239)

Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Health, in writing, on 17 August 2015:

(1) In 2014-15, what sum was spent on (a) domestic travel, and (b) international travel, for departmental staff.

(2) Of this, (a) on what dates, and to what locations, did the Minister travel, (b) how many departmental staff accompanied the Minister on this travel, and (c) for what purpose was the travel.

Ms Ley: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) The total spend on domestic travel for the 2014-15 financial year by Departmental staff was $5.1 million. This is made up of flights, accommodation, car hire, tolls, travel allowance and taxi fares.

(b) The total spend on international travel for the 2014-15 financial year by Departmental staff was $2.3 million. This is made up of flights, accommodation and travelling allowance.

(2) The Hon Peter Dutton MP, then Minister for Health, Minister for Sport

(a) 19 to 27 July 2014. Glasgow and London, United Kingdom.

(b) One Departmental officer accompanied the Minister.

(c) Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting, Health Reception at Australian High Commission, National Health Service Meetings.

Ministerial representation demonstrated the continued support of the Australian Government for sport. Minister Dutton represented the Australian Government at the Australian team reception and continued Australia's leadership role on the match fixing element for the sports integrity project at the Commonwealth Sports Ministers meeting.

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health, Minister for Sport

(a) 27 February to 1 March 2015. Auckland, New Zealand.

(b) While they did not travel with Minister Ley, two Departmental officers assisted the Minister during the trip providing support while carrying out other duties related to the world cup.

(c) Australia and New Zealand co-hosted the Cricket World Cup for the first time since 1992. As Minister for Sport, Minister Ley was responsible for coordinating the Australian Government's role in the event.

During Minister Ley's visit to New Zealand, she attended a bilateral with the Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, NZ Minister for Health, Minister for Sport and Recreation, a gala dinner with the Prime Ministers of both countries celebrating the Australia and New Zealand relationship and the countries' joint hosting of the tournament, and a match between Australia and New Zealand as a guest of Dr Coleman.

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health

(a) 29-31 January 2015, Auckland, New Zealand

(b) Seven Departmental officers

(c) Australia New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation

Membership of the Forum comprises a New Zealand Minister, Ministers from each of the Australian States and Territories and a Federal Minister from Australia. The Australian Government Chairs the Forum and Assistant Minister Nash is the current Chair.

(a) 7-20 March 2015, Vienna, Austria

(b) Two Departmental officers

(c) 58th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Representation at Ministerial level demonstrated Australia's ongoing commitment to the international convention on drugs, including reassurance to the International

Narcotic Control Board that safety and security processes are appropriate.

Note: The Department of Health does not book or pay for travel expenses for the Minister.