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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 924 asked in the Legislative Council on 20 September 2022 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Question Directed to the: Minister for Emergency Services
Parliament: 41 Session: 1


I refer to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and more specifically in relation to the 'Media and Corporate Communications' function, and I ask:
(a) what is the budget available to the function;
(b) how many staff are employed or engaged in the function;
(c) for each position identified in (b), please provide the position title and employment classification;
(d) for each position identified in (b), please detail those positions which are not permanently filled and the last date each position was permanently filled;
(e) for the financial years 2021-22 and 2022-23 to date, what funds have been expended on social media and digital advertising; and
(f) what is the approval process or procedure relating to official DFES social media posts or messages?

Answered on 20 October 2022

a) $8,874,217 which includes employee salaries, public information round DFES’s prescribed hazards campaigns, Emergency WA development and functions, volunteer & staff recruitment campaigns & volunteer recognition events.


(b) – (d) Each year, the Public Sector Commission publishes the ‘State of the WA Government Sector Workforce Statistic Bulletin’.


The bulletin provides a detailed breakdown of the government sector workforce, including occupational profiles by Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) groups and occupational groups by entity.


The bulletin for the 2021-22 financial year is expected to be published in November 2022.


(e)        2021-22: $378,918.29 (includes digital campaign advertising)

            2022-23: $92,461.31 (spend to date)


(f) Responsibility for social media content rests with the FES Commissioner or their approved delegate.