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Thursday, 19 August 1993
Page: 448

(Question No. 45)


Senator Kemp asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 4 May 1993:

  With reference to the answer to Question on Notice No. 1842 (Senate Hansard, 16 June 1992, p.3746) relating to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia:

  (1) What was the number of part-time and full-time staff of the Commonwealth Bank immediately before the merger with the State Bank of Victoria, by: (i) major metropolitan; and (ii) non-metropolitan areas.

  (2) What was the number of part-time and full-time staff of the State Bank of Victoria immediately before the merger with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, by: (i) major metropolitan; and (ii) non-metropolitan areas.

  (3) What is the current level of part-time and full-time staff of the Commonwealth Bank, by: (i) major metropolitan; and (ii) non-metropolitan areas.

  (4) What is the projected number of part-time and full-time staff for the Commonwealth Bank after execution of the plan announced in the Sun Herald on 28 April 1993 by the bank to cut 7 500

jobs, by: (i) major metropolitan; and (ii) non-metropolitan areas.


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

  (1) The Commonwealth Bank of Australia merged with the State Bank of Victoria on 1 January 1991. At this time, the staffing of the Commonwealth Bank was as follows:

Metropolitan Non-Metropolitan

State Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time

NSW/ACT 13,858 1,796 2,926 594

VIC 4,572 796 861 240

QLD 3,006 507 2,013 438

SA/NT 1,587 262 443 98

WA 2,095 338 484 67

TAS 459 84 89 20

Offshore 88 — — —

Total 25,665 3,783 6,816 1,457

  (2) At the time of the merger, the SBV had 11,760 employees, of which 10,131 were full-time and 1,629 were part-time. SBV's representation was largely confined to Victoria, and the majority of SBV's staff were located in the metropolitan area. Reliable data on the break-down between metropolitan and non-metropolitan staff numbers are not readily available because this information would need to be manually extracted from the records of each individual staff member.

  (3) The staffing of the Commonwealth Bank as at 19 May 1993 is as follows:

Metropolitan Non-Metropolitan

State Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time

NSW/ACT 12,255 1,851 2,795 721

VIC 10,006 1,962 2,072 461

QLD 3,006 553 1,774 427

SA/NT 1,523 319 410 94

WA 1,855 395 391 72

TAS 420 70 83 23

Offshore 34 — — —

Total 29,099 5,150 7,525 1,798

  (4) The restructuring program recently announced by the Commonwealth Bank reflects the Bank's need to remain efficient in a highly competitive market. It is as yet not possible to provide a reliable indication of the allocation of full-time and part-time staff by geographic area at the conclusion of this program. Reflecting the need for increased efficiency, the restructuring program is not related directly to the Bank's representation across geographic areas.