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Tuesday, 17 August 1993
Page: 69

(Question No. 33)


Senator Alston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 31 March 1993:

  (1) What Commonwealth funding has been provided to each, and which, of the Central Trades Committees during 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93 and so far this financial year.

  (2) For what reason is Commonwealth funding provided and what functions do the Central Trades Committees perform.

  (3) What Commonwealth funding has been provided to the Local Trades Committees during 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93 and so far this financial year.

  (4) For what reason is Commonwealth funding provided and what functions do the Local Trades Committees perform.

  (5) What is the function of the National Labour Consultative Council, who are the members of the council, what organisations do they represent, and what Commonwealth funding has been provided to the Council in each of the past four financial years.

  (6) What is the function of the Location of Australian Government Employment Committee, who are the members of the Committee, what organisations do they represent, and what Commonwealth funding has been provided to the Committee in each of the past four financial years.

  (7) Which of the Work Place Resource Centres are companies limited by Commonwealth Guarantee, for each centre, what is the function, who are the members of the boards, what organisations do the members represent, and what Commonwealth funding has been provided in each of the past four financial years.


Senator McMullan —The Minister for Industrial Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) There is no Commonwealth funding provided to Central Trades Committees.

  (2) The functions of the Central Trades Committees are to:

  establish standards, policies and procedures to ensure consistent and equitable decisions are made by Local Trades Committees in dealing with applications for Australian Recognised Trades Certificates;

   establish recognition criteria;

   consider applications for pre-migration assessments of trade skills from individuals whose training and employment experience does not meet established criteria;

   determine eligibility for non-criteria countries;

   provide an avenue for review of decisions; and

   determine trade classifications to which the Act applies.

  (3) There is no Commonwealth funding provided to Local Trades Committees.

  (4) Local Trades Committees determine eligibility for recognition of trade skills, and issue Australian Recognised Trades Certificates where appropriate, to permanent Australian residents in the following groups;

  migrants who have received formal or informal trade training overseas;

  Australians who have gained their skills on-the-job and have not served an apprenticeship; and

  members of the Australian Defence Forces who have received trade training while in service.

  Local Trades Committees can also authorise the employment of probationary trades persons, and can refer any matter within their power and functions to the Central Trades Committees for decision and direction.

  (5) The function of the National Labour Consultative Council is to provide a forum for the Commonwealth, employers and unions to consult on manpower and industrial relations matters of national concern. The members and the organisations they represent are as follows:

Commonwealth Government Representatives

The Hon Laurie Brereton MP—Minister for Industrial Relations (Chair)

Mr Peter Core—Secretary, Department of Industrial Relations

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

Mr John Clark—BHP

Mr Chris O'Malley—Catholic Church Insurance Pty Ltd

Mr Bryan Noakes—ACCI

Mr Bill Powell—Printing and Allied Trades Employers' Association

Mr Karl Stewart—Mines and Metals Association

Mr Alex Stuart—Master Builders—Construction and Housing Association

Public Authorities as Employers

Dr Don Williams—Australian Submarine Corp

Other Employers

Mr Bert Evans—Metal Trades Industry Association

Invited Representatives

Mr Noel Kimberley—Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation

Mr Graeme Wheeler—Australian Chamber of Manufactures

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

Mr Martin Ferguson—ACTU

Mr Bill Kelty—ACTU

Mr Jim Maher—ACTU

Ms Jennie George—ACTU

Mr Bill Mansfield—ACTU

Mr Iain Ross—ACTU

Mr Jim Bacon—Tasmanian Trades and Labor Council

Mr Michael Easson—Labor Council of NSW

  No funding has been provided to the National Labour Consultative Council by the Commonwealth. The Department of Industrial Relations provides administrative and secretariat services to the Council.

  (6) The functions of the Location of Australian Government Employment Committee (LAGE) are,

on reference from the Government, to report and advise on:

  proposals by departments and authorities, other than business and trading authorities, to relocate functions or positions;

  the appropriate location of all newly-established or proposed Australian Government bodies; and

  general matters relating to the location of Australian Government employment.

  The Committee is required to have regard to Government policies, efficiency and economy in administration, impact on clients, staff and employment, consequential costs to the Commonwealth and others and accommodation and facilities availability in its consideration of proposed relocations.

  Membership of the LAGE Committee comprises:

  Departments of Industrial Relations (Chair), Arts and Administrative Services, Environment, Sport and Territories, Finance, Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Public Service Commission;

  the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Public Sector Union and the Council of Professional Associations.

  There has been no Commonwealth funding provided to the Location of Australian Government Employment Committee in the past four financial years.

  (7) The seven Workplace Resource Centres which were established during 1989 and 1990 no longer exist. In 1992 they were amalgamated to form the Australian Centre for Best Practice Ltd (ACBP) which commenced operations on 1 July 1992 as a public company limited by guarantee incorporated under Corporations Law.

  Commonwealth funding provided in each of the past four financial years is set out in the table below:

1989/90 1990/91 1991/92 1992/93 Total

Grants Grants Grants Grants Grants

$ $ $ $ $

NSW WRC 544,388 360,522 - - 904,910

VIC WRC 598,261 560,307 329,626 - 1,389,194

SA WRC 611,434 340,775 252,212 - 1,204,421

Hunter WRC 785,512 232,971 151,386 - 1,169,869

WA WRC 659,129 391,990 439,266 - 1,490,385

QLD WRC 350,000 474,529 280,109 - 1,104,638

TAS WRC 300,000 327,556 327,329 - 954,885