The Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation
Committee presents its report to the Senate.
On 9 May 2012
the Senate referred the following documents to the committee for examination
and report in relation to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
- Particulars of proposed expenditure in respect of the year ending
on 30 June 2013.
- Particulars of certain proposed expenditure in respect of the
year ending on 30 June 2013.
- Particulars of proposed expenditure in relation to the
parliamentary departments in respect of the year ending on 30 June 2013.
- Particulars of proposed supplementary expenditure in respect of
the year ending on 30 June 2012.
- Particulars of certain proposed supplementary expenditure in
respect of the year ending on 30 June 2012.
Standing committees are required to report to the Senate on 26 June 2012.
This report of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation
Committee is provided to the Senate in fulfilment of that requirement.
The committee has responsibility for examining the expenditure and
outcomes of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio. Appendix
1 lists the department and agencies under this portfolio.
The committee conducted four days of hearings, examining Employment and
Workplace Relations outcomes and agencies on 28 and 29 May 2012 and Education
outcomes and agencies on 30 and 31 May 2012. In total the committee met for 34 hours
and 45 minutes, excluding breaks.
The following outcomes and agencies appeared before the committee:
- Outcomes 1 — 4;
- Fair Work Australia;
- Fair Work Ombudsman;
- Australian Building and Construction Commission;
- Safe Work Australia;
- Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority;
- The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.
The Additional Budget Estimates 2011–12 report by this committee
highlighted the difficulties posed by the tertiary education and skills
portfolios having been moved to the Senate Standing Economics Legislation
Some Senators again expressed their concern that the current Allocation of
Departments is preventing proper oversight of the tertiary and skills
portfolios due to the lack of time available in the Economics committee.
Public interest immunity claims
On 13 May 2009, the Senate passed an order relating to public interest
The order sets out the processes to be followed if a witness declines to
answer a question. The full text of this order has previously been provided to
departments and agencies and was incorporated in the Chair's opening statement
on the first day of the budget estimates hearing.
The issue of public interest immunity was
not raised during the hearings.
Questions on notice
The committee has drawn the attention of the department and its agencies
to the agreed deadline of Friday 27 July 2012 for the receipt of answers to
questions taken on notice from this round, in accordance with Standing Order
For this round, written questions on notice were received from Senators Abetz,
Back, Bernardi, Boyce, Cameron, Cash, Colbeck, McKenzie, Nash, Williams and
Note on Hansard page referencing
Hansard references throughout this report relate to proof Hansard page
numbers. Please note page numbering may differ between the proof and final
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