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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 423


Dr Cass asked the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 21 April 1980:

Are prospective employees in the Australian Public Service required to indicate their country of birth; if so, why.


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

Yes. I am advised that place of birth information is requested from persons applying for permanent appointment or temporary employment in the Australian Public Service. Under Section 34 (c) of the Public Service Act the Public Service Board is charged with ensuring that an applicant is a fit and proper person to be an officer of the Service, and place of birth information assists in establishing identity for administrative checks in this regard.

Although Section 34 (c) of the Public Service Act relates specifically to applicants for permanent appointment it is the administrative practice to apply the same provision to applicants for temporary employment.







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