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Staffing cuts in heritage

Estimates & Committees
Scott Ludlam 12 Sep 2013

Budget Estimates, May 2013

WHMD - staffing

(29/05/13)

Senator Ludlam asked:

Senator LUDLAM: I do not want to traverse ground that Senator Waters covered yesterday if it is already on the record. I am specifically interested in the heritage side of the portfolio. Is it possible to carve out how many fewer people are working on heritage post budget than before, or is that not possible?

Dr Dripps: We would like to take that question on notice, if we could, please, Senator.

Senator LUDLAM: In the last four years, how many people in total have been cut from heritage? Maybe take that as a supplementary on notice, if you like.

Answer:
There will be five less full time equivalent (FTE) staff working on heritage matters in the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities following the 2013-14 budget. Over the last four years (2010-11 to 2013-14) the total reduction in heritage staffing has been 54 FTE.

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