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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 2663

Mr Bourchier asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Will the Government give consideration to allowing employees of the Australian Public Service who transfer to the Public Service of a State to retain their accumulated superannuation, long service leave and other rights.

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

It is a matter for the State concerned to determine the extent to which it will recognise the accumulated rights of employees of the Australian Public Service who transfer to a State Public Service.

I have been informed by Treasury that provisions do exist whereby an employee of the Australian Public Service, on transferring to a State Public Service, is able to preserve his accumulated superannuation entitlement. Employees who transfer to the Public Service of a State without a break in service are, as a general rule, able to pay the refund of contributions from the Superannuation Fund to the State Fund and receive benefits under the State scheme that include the employer element. Where this is not possible, and the transfer occurs within 3 months of the termination of service with the Australian Public Service, an employee would be eligible to preserve his superannuation rights in the form of a deferred benefit in the Superannuation Fund.

The Public Service Board advises that all State Public Services other than the Queensland Public Service recognise service in the Australian Public Service for long service leave purposes.

The Public Service Board has informed me that if the honourable member cares to specify the 'other rights' on which he seeks information it will endeavour to ascertain the details from the State Public Service Boards.

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