Non-APS Contractors, position titles

John Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

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From: John Smith

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Dear Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development,

I seek the following under FOI;

A document that contains a list of all the position/job titles of every non-APS contractor working within your department.

e.g. a position title may be: 'security guard', or 'consultant', or 'APS3 FOI officer', etc.

You may omit repeating a position title when there exist multiple contractors who have that position title. Additionally, if it would not be too onerous, please indicate the number of contractors that hold each position title.

If no such document exists please produce a document containing the information under s17.

Yours faithfully,

John Smith

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Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

OFFICIAL

Dear Mr Smith,

Thank you for your correspondence received on 1 August 2020, requesting access to documents in the possession of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the department) in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

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FOI Coordinator
Governance, Parliamentary and Integrity Branch | Corporate Services Division
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
GPO Box 594, Canberra ACT 2601
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Attachment 21 020 Signed decision letter.pdf
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Dear Mr Smith,

I refer to your request below seeking access to "a document that contains the list of all the position/job titles of every non-APS contractor working within your department".

Please find attached signed decision letter and schedule containing a breakdown of labour hire positions, by position title, released to you under FOI.

Best regards

FOI Coordinator
Governance, Parliamentary and Integrity Branch | Corporate Services Division
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
GPO Box 594, Canberra ACT 2601
e [email address]

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From: John Smith

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Dear FOI,

Thank you so much. This is greatly appreciated. The work the FOI team has done putting this together is commendable. Yours is the most transparent department I have encountered so far.

I would like to make a follow-up request to obtain the same document, but with the equivalent APS classifications for non-contractor employees listed.

For example, next to 'Administration officer' please list 'APS3' or 'APS4' next to the position title, if the equivalent APS position would be of that classification.

The reason for my request is to try and figure out what types of APS classification roles are being outsourced, and their seniority.

Yours sincerely,

John Smith

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Attachment FOI 21 020 updated breakdown.pdf
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Dear Mr Smith,

Thank you for your follow-up request.

Please find attached updated breakdown of the positions. We have provided an approximate APS-equivalent classification for the identified labour hire positions (where an equivalent was available).

When considering this information, please note: Labour hires generally address the need for specialist skills that are not held in-house, or that provide additional temporary or project-specific support to APS staff. As such, labour hires are usually engaged as temporary non-APS contractors on an hourly rate that is equivalent to their skillset as based on industry standards.

Best regards

FOI Coordinator
Governance, Parliamentary and Integrity Branch | Corporate Services Division Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications GPO Box 594, Canberra ACT 2601 e [email address]

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From: John Smith

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Dear FOI,

Thank you team. This is greatly appreciated.

Yes I understand that labour hire staff are ostensibly used to address short-term needs, or missing skills. However, in practice as I'm sure you're aware; 'short-term' labour hire employees often are employed for multiple years at many departments.

Unfortunately on my end there is no way for me to verify how truly 'short-term' these roles are without making a further FOI request; but that would probably violate the privacy of the employees in question.

Regardless, I greatly appreciate the position breakdowns you have provided within this document. They provide a great deal of clarity as to the seniority in roles being outsourced by the APS.

Yours sincerely,

John Smith

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