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Monday, 22 November 2010
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Senator Johnston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 28 September 2010:

For the period 1 January to 30 June 2010:

(1) (a)   How many training days have been allocated to Reserves in each state and territory; and (b) what is the budget allocation to provide these training days.

(2) (a)   How many training days were actually used by Reserves in each state and territory; and (b) what was the actual expenditure to provide these training days.


Senator Chris Evans (Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations) —The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) (a)   Training days have been allocated to Reserves in each state and territory as follows: Navy. ACT - 27,082. NSW - 38,179. NT - 2494. QLD - 11,215. SA - 4335. TAS - 4869. VIC - 6087. WA - 11,939. Overseas - 40. Army. Army is unable to produce an accurate figure as it does not allocate training days, it only allocates an annual budget and is unable to accurately forecast the number of training days until those days are consumed. It is the responsibility of Commands within Army to assign Reserve salary funding to groups and units for Reservist training. Air Force. ACT - 7482. NSW - 20,922. NT - 1909. QLD - 19,467. SA - 9547. TAS - 1008. VIC - 9312. WA - 5566.

(b)   The budget allocation to provide the training days detailed above are as follows: Navy. ACT - $7,485,100. NSW - $9,427,577. NT - $531,678. QLD - $2,419,481. SA - $926,966. TAS - $1,030,016. VIC - $1,345,429. WA - $2,611,288. Overseas - $10,580. Army. Approximately $61,000,000 for the period 1 January to 30 June 2010 based on 50 per cent of the total Reserve salary budget. Air Force. ACT - $2,354,472. NSW - $4,984,931. NT - $375,482. QLD - $4,313,586. SA - $1,985,161. TAS - $215,460. VIC - $2,156,051. WA - $1,195,847.

(2) (a)   The amount of training days that were actually used by Reserves in each state and territory are as follows: Navy. Navy allocates training days to individual Funded Reserve Commitment (FRC) positions. These FRC positions are allocated to establishments, units and departments across Navy and non-Navy components. These days can be used anytime during the training (financial) year, and are not allocated on a half yearly basis. Navy can supply training day and budget allocation by state, but only actual training day and budget expenditure on a national basis. A total of 60,415 training days have been used across Navy between 01 January and 30 June 2010. Army. Approximately 371,786 days. Given that many units are spread across state borders, determining a breakdown of training days for each state is difficult. An approximation based on a pro-rata calculation of the number of Reserve personnel active in each state as at 30 June 2010 is as follows: ACT - 15,202. NSW - 104,850. NT - 14,242. QLD - 91,702. SA - 28,350. TAS - 14,376. VIC - 62,995. WA - 40,069. Air Force. Approximately 74,330 days as follows: ACT - 7481. NSW - 20,371. NT - 1859. QLD - 18,954. SA - 9297. TAS - 982. VIC - 9067. WA - 5419.

(b)   The actual expenditure to provide the training days detailed above are as follows:  Navy. A total of $13,164,024 has been expended across Navy between 01 January and 30 June 2010 on Reserve salaries. Army. The table below is the approximate expenditure of Army funding on Reserve salaries by State for the period 1 January to 30 June 2010. Due to the way in which Army allocates funding for Reserve salaries to formations to manage, it is not possible to determine the exact figure for each State without interrogating the exact number of days paraded by each individual within their specific State. The table below is based on a pro-rata apportionment of the expenditure of Reserve salary for the period in question based on the number of Reserve personnel active in each State as at 30 June 2010. Air Force. ACT - $2,292,512. NSW - $4,85,749. NT - $365,601. QLD - $4,200,070. SA - $1,932,920. TAS - $209,790. VIC - $2,099,313. WA - $1,164,377.

Total ARes Pers

% ARes

Total $

ACT

681

4.0889

2,386,689

NSW

4,697

28.2017

16,461,497

NT

638

3.8307

2,235,988

QLD

4,108

24.6653

14,397,239

SA

1,270

7.6253

4,450,948

TAS

644

3.8667

2,257,016

VIC

2,822

16.9439

9,890,216

WA

1,795

10.7775

6,290,906

Total

16,655

100

58,370,500