Legislative Council: Wednesday, November 16, 2022


Royal Commission into Early Childhood Education and Care

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (15:29): My questions are to the Leader of the Government regarding the royal commission into early childhood:

1. Can the leader advise how many people will be employed by the royal commission into early childhood?

2. How much is Commissioner Gillard being paid?

3. Are there any deputy commissioners?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:29): I thank the honourable member for her question. Certainly, the section of government that provides the administrative support for royal commissions is, I understand, within the Attorney-General's Department. Usually the details of royal commissions are worked out by the agency for which the royal commission applies—in this case, Education—but certainly it is housed and the supports are provided within the AGD.

I don't have information in relation to the details that the honourable member has asked but, as I said, since there is the royal commission section of the Attorney-General's Department, I will seek those responses either from my department or Education and am happy to bring back a response.