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Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Page: 575

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

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

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

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 time 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 I, 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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