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Thursday, 28 November 1985
Page: 2523


Senator VIGOR(10.52) —I move:

(1) Page 3, at the end of clause 10, add the following paragraph:

``(c) by adding at the end the following sub-sections:

`(6) The Secretary of a Department shall, as soon as practicable after 30 June in each year, prepare and furnish to the Minister administering the Department a report on the operation of the Department during the year that ended on that 30 June.

`(7) Without limiting the generality of sub-section (6), a report under that sub-section shall include information on-

(a) the revenue and expenditure of the Department, including revenue and expenditure arising from trading activities or cost recovery activities, during the year reported upon, in a form giving a true and fair impression of the activities of the Department;

(b) the implementation and operation of industrial democracy plans in the Department;

(c) the number of officers in each classification employed in the Department during the year reported upon;

(d) the number of persons employed in that Department under section 82AC, 82AD, 82AE, or 82AF during the year reported upon;

(e) the number of persons engaged by the Secretary as consultants during the year reported upon, their qualifications and experience and the purposes for which they were engaged;

(f) the number of persons declared eligible for redeployment within that Department in accordance with section 9 of the Commonwealth Employees (Redeployment and Retirement) Act 1979 during the year reported upon;

(g) the number of persons whom the Secretary has retired from the Australian Public Service in accordance with section 19 of the Commonwealth Employees (Redeployment and Retirement) Act 1979 during the year reported upon; and

(h) the number of employees whose employment has been terminated under section 82AH during the year reported upon.

`(8) The Minister administering a Department shall cause a copy of a report furnished to him under sub-section (6) to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the day on which the Minister receives the report.'.''.

The amendment deals with the reporting of annual reports and the conditions which have to be satisfied in preparing them. They are not a limiting set of conditions and they require the Minister administering the relevant department to present a copy to the House within 15 sitting days.