Numbers of Ministerial staff drawn from the most recent, most authoritative source publicly available
New South Wales: 188.77 (as at 28 June 2013, updated on 10 September 2013) (Source: NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet)
Previous year: 185.27 (at 29 June 2012)
Victoria: Of all the jurisdictions, Victoria is the least transparent when it comes to reporting the numbers of Ministerial staff. There is no regular reporting scheme as with the Commonwealth, NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, nor is there any information obtained from Estimates or similar sources since that reported here last year.
The most recent estimate of Ministerial staff numbers is 126 (as at 5 April 2011)
(Source: Answer provided to Questions on Notice, Legislative Council, 28 March 2012, Hansard Extracts, p. 1851 [Pdf])
Queensland: 208 positions, with 195.29 filled at 30 June 2013.
Previous year: 212 positions, with 194 filled (as at 30 June 2012)
(Source: Queensland’s Department of Premier and Cabinet reports Ministerial Workforce numbers every three months )
South Australia: 108.2 FTE, as at 4 July 2013 Source: The South Australian Government Gazette, 4 July 2013 , pp 2939-45) [Pdf]
Previous year: 107 (as at 2 July 2012) (Source: The South Australian Government Gazette, 5 July 2012, pp 3011-6 [Pdf]
Inter alia, s. 71 of the Public Sector Act 2009 (SA) states that:
(5) The Premier must cause a report to be prepared not less frequently than once every 12 months setting out with respect to each Minister—
(a) details of the engagement of persons as members of the Minister’s personal staff under this section (other than those described in previous reports under this section); and
(b) the number of persons for the time being employed on the Minister’s personal staff under this section; and
(c) the remuneration and other conditions of employment of each person for the time being employed on the Minister’s personal staff under this section.
(6) A report under subsection (5) must—
(a) be published in the Gazette next issued after its presentation to the Premier; and
(b) be laid before each House of Parliament within 12 sitting days after preparation of the report.
Western Australia: 214.4 FTE (As at 18 July 2013) Source: Schedule of Ministerial Staff provided to the Western Australian Parliament, 18 July 2013
Previous year: 221.8 (as at “April 2012″) (Source: Answer given by Director General of WA Department of Premier and Cabinet in answer to a question without notice at Estimates, 29 May 2012, Assembly Hansard “Extract” p. 2 [Pdf]“
The Western Australian Government has also tabled a schedule of Ministerial staffers and their entitlements, as of 26 April 2012 [Pdf])
Tasmania: 78.8 (FTE as at 4 June 2013) Source: Evidence to Estimates, Legislative Council, Hansard p. 6)
Previous years: 82 as at June 2012. 99 (as at 7 September 2011) (Source: Data from response, dated 27 september 2011, from Department of Premier and Cabinet, to a “Right to Information” request [Pdf])
Australian Capital Territory: 39 (in 2013-14)
(Source: “Estimated Employment Level” for ACT Executive in Budget Paper No. 4, 2013-14 , p. 1 [Pdf]
Previous years: 40 (in 2011-2); Budget allocation for 36 for 2012-13.
(Source: “Estimated Employment Level” for ACT Executive in Budget Paper No. 4, 2012-13 Budget, p. 15 [Pdf]
Northern Territory: 80.24 FTE as at 20 June 2013 (Headcount of 96 persons) See answer to Question on Notice from Estimates
Total Reported State and Territory Ministerial Staffers (As at 30 June 2013 or the nearest reporting date for the respective jurisdiction): 1043.41 FTE