Chapter 1 - Introduction
The Standing Committee on Employment, Workplace Relations and Education
presents its report to the Senate.
On 8 February 2007
the Senate referred the following documents to the committee for examination
and report in relation to the Employment and Workplace Relations and the
Education, Science and Training portfolios:
- Particulars of proposed additional expenditure in respect of the
year ending on 30 June 2007 [Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2006-2007].
- Particulars of certain proposed additional expenditure in respect
of the year ending on 30 June 2007 [Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2006-2007].
- Statement of savings expected in annual appropriations made by
Act No. 66 of 2006 (Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2006-2007) and Act
No. 67 of 2006 (Appropriation Act (No. 2) 2006-2007).
- The final budget outcome
2005-06 and the Issues from the Advance to the Finance Minister as a final
charge for the year ended 30 June 2006.
Standing committees are required to report to the Senate on 22 March 2007.
The committee has responsibility for examining the expenditure and
outcomes of the following:
- Education, Science and Training portfolio
Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio
Appendix 1 lists the
departments and agencies under the portfolios mentioned above.
The committee conducted two days of hearings, examining the Education,
Science and Training portfolio on 14 February 2007 and the Employment and
Workplace Relations portfolio on 15 February 2007. In total the committee met
for 20 hours and 43 minutes, excluding breaks. The committee took into account
the Additional Estimates Portfolio Statements 2006-2007 provided by the
departments and also annual reports for 2005-2006.
The following agencies and groups were released from the hearings
without examination: Indigenous and Transitions Group, Strategic Analysis and
Evaluation Group, International Education Group and the Australian Industrial
Relations Commission/Australian Industrial Registry (AIRC/AIR).
Appendix 2 of this report lists the table of contents of the Hansard transcripts.
These transcripts are available on either the committee's homepage under
estimates on the Hansard website: http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/senate/commttee/comsen.asp
Questions on notice
The committee draws the attention of the departments and agencies to the
agreed deadline of Friday, 30 March 2007 for the receipt of answers to
questions taken on notice from this round, in accordance with Standing Order 26.
During the hearings, the committee commented on the inadequate
performance of both departments in answering the questions placed on notice during
the previous round. The committee expects the performance of both portfolios to
improve for the forthcoming 2007-2008 estimates rounds.
For this round, written questions on notice were received from Senators
Carr, Crossin, Ludwig, Marshall, Nettle and Wong.
A statistical summary of questions taken on notice is attached at
Appendix 4 of this report.
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