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Question Without Notice No. 258 asked in the Legislative Council on 11 April 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 11 April 2018

DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION — CLIMATE CHANGE UNIT

258. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I thank the minister for his response to my recent question regarding attendance at the sixth climate adaptation conference. I note his response states that the climate change unit now has six full-time staff, overseen by a director and executive director.

(1) What are the position titles and levels of the staff within the climate change unit?

(2) What was the rationale for the creation of the new positions?

(3) Are there any positions within other government agencies that have responsibility for climate change issues?

(4) Are either of the two staff attending the conference the director or executive director?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The position titles and levels of the staff within the climate change unit are as follows: senior manager, level 8; principal policy officers—two level 7s—and one specified calling, level 4; senior policy officer, specified calling level 3; and policy officer, level 5.

(2) The new positions were created to support the development of policy advice to the government on its approach to, and priorities for, climate change.

(3) There are a range of climate change–related programs and initiatives being undertaken by other state government agencies and trading enterprises.

(4) No.