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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3161


Mr Lionel Bowen asked the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 5 March 1980:

(1)   In which departments and statutory bodies are the officers immediately junior to the permanent heads or statutory office-holders with the status of permanent heads, such as Deputy Secretaries and their equivalents classified as 2nd division (a) level 6, (b) level 5, (c) level 4, (d) level 3, (e) level 2 and (0 level 1 officers.

(2)   In which departments and statutory bodies are the heads of divisions and their equivalents classified as 2nd division (a) level 6, (b) level 5, (c) level 4, (d) level 3, (e) level 2 and (f) level 1 officers.

(3)   What criteria does the Public Service Board use to classify and re-classify these positions.


Mr MacKellar - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Public Service Board has advised that:

(1)   and (2) The information requested is shown in the table below-current as at 1 April 1980. It covers Public Service Act departments, and authorities whose heads have permanent head powers under the Public Service Act.

(3)   Classification decisions regarding Second Division positions in the Australian Public Service involve judgements based on comparisons with positions which are similar in function and responsibility and comparisons with the general pattern of Second Division classifications. Factors taken into account by the Public Service Board in classifying Second Division positions in particular include: policy development and advisory role policy co-ordination and administrative role complexity and diversity of functions size of the management task.

In reclassifying positions, the Board adheres strictly to the National Wage Case guidelines. In the particular case of proposals for 'upwards' reclassifications, the Board looks for evidence of a 'significant net addition to work requirements'.

 

 







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