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27 June 2018
Hon Jacqui Boydell
Hon S.N. Dawson
DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION —VOLUNTARY TARGETED SEPARATION SCHEME
Hon JACQUI BOYDELL
to the Minister for Environment:
(1) How many staff have been cut to date from roles related to processing environmental clearances and approvals, as a result of the voluntary targeted separation scheme?
(2) What was the division's total savings related to these staffing cuts?
(3) How many new staff will be employed as a result of the $19.4 million funding boost for additional staff and the development of an ''Environmental Online'' system?
(4) Has the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation been offered loan staff from other departments to speed up the assessment and determination process in the interim?
(5) If yes to (4), from where are those staff, and how many?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1) One staff member was offered a voluntary severance. The position was not a frontline assessing officer.
(2) The total savings were $159 000.
(3) There will be 20 full-time equivalents in 2018–19 and an additional one FTE in 2019–20.
(5) Not applicable.
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