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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3115

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 16 August 1977:

(1)   How many (a) Australian-based and (b) locally.engaged persons are employed in each of his Department's overseas offices.

(2)   How many persons made inquiries at each office in 1976-77.

(3)   How many persons migrated from the area for which each office is responsible in 1976-77.

Mr MacKellar - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) As at 30 June 1977, 144 Australia based staff as well as 419 locally engaged staff were employed at offices of the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs overseas. The locally engaged staff are, in fact, employed by the Department of Foreign Affairs. The table below lists staffing by posts.

Some posts have responsibility for migration matters for two or more countries. The numbers of arrivals shown in the table are related to settler arrivals from the country in which any post is located and from any other countries for which it has responsibility. These figures include arrivals of nominated persons and of direct applicants. However, the workload involved in handling nominations from Australia is not reflected in the numbers of inquiries listed in the table.

The 'numbers of inquiries' relate to aU countries within a post's jurisdiction. Such levels, however, are not indicators of the actual workloads since figures are maintained overseas only in respect of first migration inquiries. They do not, for instance, cover subsequent inquiries or the very extensive work related to applications for entry to Australia for visits or temporary residence.




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