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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 6 Hansard (11 May) . . Page.. 2259..

due to resignations, retirements, targeted recruitment addressing areas of need, and strategic workforce planning to build capacity and maintain a balanced workforce age profile.

Temporary contracts are offered to fill short term vacancies due to movement by substantive occupants to higher duties or to fill periods of extended leave. Temporary contracts are also generated when a specific purpose project is funded for a defined period with no expectation of renewal.

(3) School and Central Office vacancies are notified on an on-going basis.

As at 31 March 2009, there were 11 advertised vacancies. Advertised vacancies are often filled temporarily pending finalisation of the selection process.

The Department intends to fill all advertised vacancies and continues to work to forecast shortages in the longer term.

(4) Positions are not advertised internationally.

There is an annual bulk recruitment round for classroom teachers and involves electronic pre-registration through an open access website.

School leader and Central Office positions are advertised on e-employment, at and in the print media where appropriate.

ACT public service—positions

(Question No 204)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 2 April 2009:

(1) How many people in your Department have been retrenched or made redundant from 1 July 2008 to 31 March 2009, and what was the reason for these retrenchments or redundancies.

(2) How many temporary employees in your Department have not had their contracts renewed from 1 July 2008 to 31 March 2009, and what was the reason for the failure to renew contracts.

(3) How many unfilled vacancies exist in your Department as at 31 March 2009, and how many positions does your Department intend to fill between 2 April 2009 and 30 June 2009.

(4) How many of these positions will be advertised internationally between 2 April 2009 and 30 June 2009, and what is the proposed expenditure for these advertisements.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) 10 staff accepted redundancy packages from ACT health during the specified period as their positions were abolished.

(2) 254 temporary employees' contracts were not renewed during this period. These contracts are by nature temporary and there was no ongoing need.

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