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Tuesday, 10 September 1985
Page: 387

(Question No. 281)

Senator Reynolds asked the Minister for Community Services, upon notice, on 9 May 1985:

(1) Will the Minister for Community Services ask his department to investigate the cost effectiveness of establishing Community Services' staff within selected rehabilitation centres on a pilot basis to maintain the Government's fundamental commitment to decentralisation. (see answer to question No. 186, Hansard, 8 May 1985, p 1593).

(2) Will the Minister study the benefits of a number of Queensland departmental officers being decentralised to existing rehabilitation centres rather than being based in Brisbane, given the low priority allocated to travel by departmental officers in the past and the resulting limited local assessment of regional projects.

Senator Grimes —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) As previously advised there is no plan at this stage for further decentralisation of the Department of Community Services. The possibility of further decentralisation, including the question whether some pilot projects might be mounted, will be considered in a few months time when staffing of the present Departmental structure is completed. This consideration will take into account what means are most appropriate for obtaining assessments of regional projects.