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Tuesday, 17 September 1985
Page: 632

(Question No. 263)


Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 7 May 1985:

(1) How many public servants within the Department of the Treasury and any other department have access to the quarterly figures compiled by the Joint Economic Forecasting Group.

(2) What are the positions of such people within the Public Service.


Senator Walsh —The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Joint Economic Forecasting Group (JEFG) comprises officers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Department of Finance, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Treasury and the Treasurer's economic consultant. Distribution of the report and associated figures compiled by JEFG is confined to those officers directly involved in the work of the Group and to senior officers of the participating institutions.

Within the Australian Bureau of Statistics four senior officers within the Economic Accounts Division and Statistical and User Services Division have access to JEFG reports. A further three persons in these areas have partial access to the reports on a need-to-know basis.

Within the Reserve Bank, the Governor, Deputy Governor and three senior members of the Research Department have access to the JEFG report. Other members of the Research Department involved in the work of the Group have partial access to the report and associated figuring on a need-to-know basis.

Within the Department of Finance, the Secretary, Deputy Secretaries and five senior officers in the General Expenditure Division have access to the JEFG report. Two other officers have access to associated figures on a need-to-know basis.

Within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Secretary, a Deputy Secretary and three senior officers and two other staff in the Economic and Social Policy Division have access to the JEFG report. Two other senior officers have partial access on a need to know basis.

Within the Department of Treasury, the Secretary, the Deputy Secretaries, First Assistant Secretaries and ten other senior officers have access to the JEFG report. The staff of the Forecasting Unit, presently numbering eight persons, also have access to the report and associated figures.