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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (26 November) . . Page.. 3160 ..



Question No. 50

ACT Government Employees - Under 21 Years of Age

MR STANHOPE - Asked the Chief Minister upon notice on 29 October 1998:

(1) In absolute and percentage terms, how many (a) permanent officers and (b) temporary officers or casuals in the ACT Government Service are under 21 years of age.

(2) Does the Government have in place specific policies for the creation of positions within the ACT Government Service suitable for people under the age of 21.

MS CARNELL - The answer to the Member's question is as follows:

(1) Information on age distribution of staff is not collected in the form requested, however I can provide the following information. These figures are based upon a total staff number of 17,006 as reported in the 4th Quarter Workforce Statistical Report 1997/98 which I tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 2 September 1998 867 people or 5.10% are aged 24 or under.

Details by age and permanent/temporary status is only available for agencies on the Perspect Human Resource Management System. These Agencies cover 15,118 staff.

There are 710 staff under 25 on that system of which 313 were permanent, making up 2.67% of all permanent staff, with 397 temporary or 11.86% of temporary staff.

(2) In the last financial year, 21 % of the nearly 200 comrnencing ACT Government trainees and apprentices were under 21 and 62% were under 25. Some were temporary trainees in a 12-month program designed to help young long-term unemployed people gain experience and break into permanent work.

This year's budget includes funding for several programs targeted at young people including Selfstart, Pathways Into Non-Traditional Occupations, the Accelerated Data Capture Program, the Trainee Ranger Program, the Graffiti Reduction Program, a contribution towards the Commonwealth's Youth Business Initiative, the expansion of the Graduate Administrative Assistant Program and the Sports Enhancement Program.

In addition, all agencies will be formulating plans to address youth employment initiatives, apprentices, trainees and Graduate Administrative Assistants in the 1999-2000 Ownership Agreements as part of their Human Resource Plans, an initiative introduced by the Government to address such issues.

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