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Tuesday, 28 February 1984
Page: 81

(Question No. 472)

Senator Hearn asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 3 November 1983:

Has the Australian Public Service staff been increased in the years 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983 according to increases in workloads for each department, relating to workers compensation determinations referred to in Question No. 451 (see Hansard, 1 November 1983, page 1973).

Senator Button —The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The numbers of full-time staff in the Australian Public Service increased in each of the years 1980, 1981 and 1982, and have increased in the nine months to end-September 1983, as follows:

Full-time Staff in the Australian Public Service (excluding Parliamentary Departments)


December 1979


December 1980


1299 (0.9 per cent) December 1981


213 (0.1 per cent) December 1982


2717 (1.8 per cent) September 1983


6428 (4.2 per cent)

It is not possible to accurately measure changes in the total workload of the Service. Not all areas are amenable to precise measurement of workload and workload changes may vary markedly between departments and programs within departments. However, departments are expected to support requests for additional staffing with any workload and performance indicators that are available.

The Government proposes to introduce a system of human resource budgeting as part of its Public Service reform measures. The steps to be taken in introducing this system have been published in the White Paper on the Reform of the Australian Public Service.