Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Questions on Notice
Budget: Efficiency Dividend (Question Nos 2176 and 2216)
asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, upon notice, on 18 September 2012:
(1) What is the net financial effect on the department's budget of:
(a) the original 1.5 per cent efficiency dividend;
(b) the additional 2.5 per cent efficiency dividend; and
(c) other savings measures as introduced in the 2012-13 Budget papers.
(2) What measures or strategies are being considered to ensure continued operation within the budget and efficiency dividend targets of the department.
(3) What percentage of total expenditure is represented by staff costs.
(4) Is a net reduction in: (a) staff; and (b) consultants and/or contractors, expected for the financial year; if so, can a quantitative total for each reduction be provided.
(5) How many: (a) voluntary redundancies; and (b) involuntary redundancies, are expected to be executed.
(6) What is the current distribution of full-time equivalent staff across classification bands.
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:
(1) (a) The net financial effect on the department's budget as a result of the original 1.5 per cent efficiency dividend is:
(b) The net financial effect on the department's budget as a result of the additional 2.5 per cent efficiency dividend is:
(c) The net financial effect on the department's budget as a result of other savings measures as introduced in the 2012–13 Budget papers are:
(2) The department has a robust business planning and budgeting process to enable it to respond to Government budget and funding announcements. To further strengthen the focus on being cost conscious across the organisation, our dedicated Resource and Finance Committee is strategically and critically examining the department's financial outlook.
In addition, in 2011–12 and 2012–13, DIAC has examined the following areas to deliver savings:
(3) The percentage of total expenditure represented by staff costs is 54%. In 2011–12 staff benefits amounted to $799.345 million of DIAC's total departmental expenditure of $1 481.722 million.
(4) As reported in the Immigration and Citizenship's Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) for 2012–13, the Department is expecting a net increase of 32 Full Time Equivalent staff.
A small reduction in consultants and/or contractor costs is considered likely in line with the decrease in supplier expenses also reported in the 2012–13 PBS.
(5) The department's position continues to be there is no need for any widespread voluntary redundancies (involuntary or otherwise) at this stage, if at all.
(6) The current distribution of full-time equivalent staff across the classification bands is outlined in the table below. Data has been sourced as at 31 August 2012.