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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3263

Mr Leo McLeay (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 22 May 1980:

Have any positions in his Department remained unfilled due to the imposition of the Government's staff ceilings policy in each of the last 3 years; if so, how many have remained unfilled in each year.

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

I am informed that it is not possible to state the number of positions vacant because of the application of staff ceilings. The difference between the number of positions (establishment) and the number of positions occupied in individual departments and authorities is attributable to a variety of factors. For example, at any dme positions may well be unfilled due to losses of staff from the Service, or to normal internal promotion and transfer procedures. Some base grade staff (e.g. Clerks Class 1, Clerical Assistants Grade 1) are generally appointed to the Service as 'unattached' officers- such staff are transferred to positions as positions become available. Under current working arrangements each department also has a central pool of vacant positions, termed 'reserve establishment', available for allocation as required in the light of changes in workload. There is no direct relationship between the staff ceiling and the number of positions vacant.

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