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Wednesday, 27 November 1985
Page: 2354

Senator GILES —My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Treasurer. Has the Commonwealth Banking Corporation developed an equal employment opportunity program or appointed an equal employment opportunity officer? Is there any requirement for the Bank to comply with equal employment opportunity provisions as they apply to the Australian Public Service?

Senator WALSH —The answer to the last part of the question is no, for these reasons: The Public Service Reform Act of 1984 makes provision for departments to prepare an equal employment opportunity program. For the purposes of legislation, departments are defined to include statutory authorities which are staffed under the Public Service Act and headed by a person with the powers of a departmental secretary. Other authorities staffed under the Public Service Act are covered by the EEO program of the Department to which they are attached. The Commonwealth Banking Corporation is staffed under provisions of Part VIII of the Commonwealth Banks Act and the Commonwealth Banking Corporation service regulations. It is, therefore, not subject to the Public Service Act or the Public Service Reform Act of 1984 and, consequently, is not legally required to prepare an EEO program. However, I understand that, notwithstanding the absence of any legal requirement to do so, the Commonwealth Bank is in the process of implementing a program similar to those which are being applied in the Public Service generally.