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Tuesday, 10 May 1988
Page: 2403

(Question No. 525)


Mr Cobb asked the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Public Service Matters, upon notice, on 26 November 1987:

(1) How many persons have been employed administering aspects of Aboriginal affairs in each Department in each year since its establishment.

(2) How many persons now are employed in these areas of these Departments and what positions do they hold.

(3) How many of these persons classify themselves as Aboriginal.


Mr Willis —The following answer to the honourable member's question is based on advice provided by departments specifically concerned with the administration of programs for Aboriginals:

(1) Department of Aboriginal Affairs

This Department was established on 19 December 1972 with a staff establishment of 957. In subsequent years at 30 June, the staffing level was:

1973-606

1974-702 (+753 industrial staff working on former Aboriginal reserves in the NT)

1975-811 (+592 industrial)

1976-814 (+372 industrial)

1977-783 (+266 industrial)

1978-783 (+176 industrial)

1979-763 (+89 industrial)

1980-770 (+32 industrial)

1981-650

1982-604

1983-631

1984-676

1985-688

1986-690

1987-703

Department of Employment, Education and Training

This Department was established on 24 July 1987 and has 566 staff employed in areas specifically related to the administration of Aboriginal affairs. Many of the Department's programs are targeted to those who are disadvantaged in education and the labour market and therefore involve serving the Aboriginal population.

Department of Community Services and Health

This Department was established on 24 July 1987 and has 45 staff whose duties are wholly or in part related specifically to the administration of Aboriginal affairs.

Attorney-General's Department

This Department does not have any officers employed in areas specifically related to administration of Aboriginal affairs. However, since November 1987, 2 officers have been involved with the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (see answer to Question 2).

(2) Department of Aboriginal Affairs

At 30 November 1987 the staffing level of the Department stood at 676. A breakdown of staffing levels and positions as at 30 June each year is available in the Department's annual reports. The most recent report is for 1986-87.

Department of Employment, Education and Training

At 29 July 1987, 312 persons were employed in Aboriginal Education areas and they held the following positions:

Senior Executive Service Level 2-

1

Clerical Administrative Class 11-

2

Clerical Administrative Class 10-

4

Clerical Administrative Class 9-

13

Clerical Administrative Class 8-

15

Clerical Administrative Class 7-

37

Clerical Administrative Class 6-

99

Clerical Administrative Class 5-

1

Clerical Administrative Class 4-

49

Clerical Administrative Class 2/3-

27

Clerical Administrative Class 1-

3

Clerical Assistant Grade 5-

1

Clerical Assistant Grade 4-

39

Clerical Assistant Grade 3-

5

Clerical Assistant Grade 2-

12

Clerical Assistant Grade 1-

1

Word Processing Operator Grade 2-

2

Steno-Secretary Grade 1-

1

At 30 November 1987, 254 persons were employed in Aboriginal Employment areas and they held the following positions:

Senior Executive Service Level 2-

1

Clerical Administrative Class 11-

3

Clerical Administrative Class 10-

1

Clerical Administrative Class 9-

13

Clerical Administrative Class 8-

12

Clerical Administrative Class 7-

57

Clerical Administrative Class 6-

12

Clerical Administrative Class 5-

109

Clerical Administrative Class 4-

11

Clerical Administrative Class 2/3-

2

Clerical Assistant Grade 6-

25

Clerical Assistant Grade 4-

4

Clerical Assistant Grade 3-

2

Clerical Assistant Grade 2-

1

Steno-Secretary Grade 2-

1

Department of Community Services and Health

At 31 January 1988 officers held positions in the following areas of the Department at the levels shown:

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Medical Officer Class 3-

1

Medical Officer Class 2-

1

National Campaign Against Drug Abuse (Aboriginal program)

Clerical Administrative Class 9 (project officer)-

1

People with Disabilities who need Additional Assistance

Clerical Administrative Class 9 (Disability Services)-

1

Clerical Administrative Class 5 (Rehabilitation Services)-

7

Rental Housing Assistance for Aboriginals

Clerical Administrative Class 9-

1

Children's Services

Clerical Administrative Class 11-

1

Clerical Administrative Class 9-

2

Clerical Administrative Class 8-

1

Clerical Administrative Class 7-

7

Clerical Administrative Class 6-

9

Clerical Administrative Class 5-

10

Clerical Administrative Class 4-

1

Clerical Administrative Class 2/3-

1

Clerical Assistant Grade 3-

1

Attorney-General's Department

Since 30 November 1987 approximately 75% of the time of one Senior Legal Officer (SLO) and 15% of the time of one Principal Legal Officer (PLO) have been devoted to administering the provision of legal aid to Aboriginal families for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. It is expected that, for the duration of the Commission, one SLO and one clerical assistant will be employed full time on legal aid for Aboriginal families. In addition the Department has since 14 December 1987, employed one PLO as the Solicitor instructing counsel assisting the Royal Commission.

(3) Department of Aboriginal Affairs

At 30 November 1987 the Department's staff included 233 Aboriginals.

Department of Employment, Education and Training

At 30 November 1987, 354 persons employed administering aspects of Aboriginal affairs classified themselves as Aboriginal.

Department of Community Services and Health

At 31 January 1988, 17 persons employed administering aspects of Aboriginal affairs classified themselves as Aboriginals.

Attorney-General's Department

At 14 December 1987 no officers involved with the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody classified themselves as Aboriginal.