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Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Page: 574

Mr Cadman asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 21 April 1980:

(   1 ) How many officers of the Department of Social Security are assigned to respond to and prepare evidence for

(a)   Parliamentary committees;

(b)   the Commonwealth Ombudsman; and

(c)   the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

(2)   What is the total number of staff of the Department based in Canberra.

Mr Hunt - The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The Department of Social Security has six positions within its Central Office specifically provided to respond to and prepare evidence for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and one position exclusively concerned with responding to representations to the Commonwealth Ombudsman. The officers occupying those positions are assisted by other officers as the need arises. The Department has no positions in its Central Office specifically assigned to responding to and preparing evidence for Parliamentary Committees. These tasks tend to be handled by the most appropriate officers in the Department, depending on the content and nature of the enquiries.

In the State Administrations of the Department there are no positions with full-time responsibilities associated with Parliamentary Committees, the Commonwealth Ombudsman or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. However, throughout the State Offices there are 13 positions with partial responsibilities for work arising from representations to the Commonwealth Ombudsman and Appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. As is the case in Central Office other officers assist in these tasks as the need arises.

(2)   The total number of staff based with the Department in Canberra as at 30 June 1980 was 916 (810 with this Department's Central Office and 106 in the Australian Capital Territory Regional Administration).

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