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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 448 asked in the Legislative Council on 8 December 2021 by Hon Neil Thomson

Question Directed to the: Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 41 Session: 1
Question

I refer to the management of Aboriginal cultural heritage, and ask:
(a) what number of FTEs in the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage are currently allocated to managing applications under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972;
(b) what number of FTEs in the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage are currently allocated to managing compliance related to past decisions;
(c) of those FTEs outlined in (a) and (b), how many are filled with persons of Aboriginal descent;
(d) what were the combined FTE numbers working in the area of Aboriginal heritage in the Department of Aboriginal Affairs when the department was wound up in 2017; and
(e) what proportion of the employees referred to in (d) were of Aboriginal descent?

Answered on 16 February 2022

(a)   39 are allocated to or manage Aboriginal Heritage matters including 23 allocated to manage statutory applications under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972.

(b)   Three.

(c)   Ten.

(d)   35.

(e)   It is understood that nine self-identified.