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Tuesday, 16 February 1971
Page: 85

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   How many employees in Australia am covered by Federal awards or agreements.

(2)   What percentage' does this figure represent of all employees.

(3)   What is the number of Commonwealth arbitration inspectors employed in each State.

(4)   Can he say what is the number of arbitration inspectors employed by each of the respective Stale governments.

(5)   ls it a fact that in some Slates the Commonwealth has authorised Slate inspectors to carry out inspections in relation to Commonwealth awards.

(6)   If so. how many of these inspectors are involved and in which States are they authorised to act on behalf of the Commonwealth.

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

(1)   and (2) From information revealed in tho Commonwealth Statistician's 'Survey of the Incidence of Industrial Awards, Determinations and Collective Agreements, May 1968' it is estimated that 40.1 per cent of employees in Australia are affected by Commonwealth awards. In terms of numbers of employees this estimate could bo expressed as 1,740.000. (Excluded from the 1968 survey where all employees in rural industry, in private domestic service, of private employers in hotels, restaurants and other personal services, employees of private employers not subject to' payroll tax and exployees in the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory).



(4)   It would not be appropriate for me to supply information on the staffing of State authorities.

(5)   Yes.

(6)   State Inspectors are authorised to inspect under Federal awards in New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania. Althogether, 239 State Inspectors are so authorised.

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