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A New Building to House ACT Public Servants ?

By 5 July 2014

According to today’s Canberra Times, a new building to house ACT Government public servants maybe built. While its probably never a good time to do these things – there are huge lead times :
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/act-governments-new-office-block-for-public-servants-gets-green-light-20140704-zsvym.html
Good that they are thinking about all the options (eg. refurbishment of existing, build or lease from pvt sector over 25 [...]

Work begins on Gungahlin penal battalion headquarters

By 21 October 2013

Andrew Barr has announced the start of construction of the complex to house those ACT Public Servants so unloved as to be despatched to deepest darkest Gungahlin.
Construction is about to start on the new ACT Government Office Block on the corner of The Valley Avenue and Gungahlin Place in the Gungahlin Town Centre.
Local development [...]

Pleasure Dome scrapped! Money for health instead!

By 27 January 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has come to the conclusion that an election year is no time to be spending half a billion dollars on a new monument to the power and glory of the ACT Government. Instead the money will go into the beloved health system:
The Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, and the [...]

Shared Services fingered as the Gungahlin penal battalion

By 9 January 2012

Chief Minister Gallagher has the exciting news that Woden’s Callum Offices Shared Services staff have been chosen to be the long promised Gungahlin penal battalion of the ACT Public Service:
“In May last year, the Government announced we would move 500 staff to Gungahlin,” Ms Gallagher said.
“Today we have announced those staff will be from Shared [...]

Builders wanted for the gulag

By 27 November 2011

Andrew Barr is asking for registrations of interest from builders to construct the bold edifice that will house the Gungahlin Penal Battallion.
This office building, to be located on either government or privately owned land in Gungahlin, will accommodate approximately 500 ACT Government staff, provide requisite parking spaces and be built to contemporary environmental sustainability [...]

How many ACT public servants are there?

By 5 September 2011

Just wondering if anyone had accurate figures on how many ACT public servants there are?
I heard a rumour of 18,000?????
That’s 1/20th of the population involved in administering the population if its accurate.  That sounds super crazy to me, any ideas people of the interwebs?

Liberals oppose the Gungahlin Penal Battalion

By 24 August 2011

Andrew Barr is enjoying some gamesmanship having lured the Liberals out to oppose the building of ACT Public Service offices in Gungahlin (a Labor campaign promise swimming the wrong way from the construction of the pleasure dome.
Today I gave Mr Seselja and the Canberra Liberals the chance to vote in support of our determination to [...]

Cox architects to organise housing the Gungahlin Penal Battalion

By 17 August 2011

Andrew Barr has announced the engagement of Cox Architects to advise on how to implement an ACT Government office building in Gungahlin:
They will identify:
– a suitable site in Gungahlin for a 7,000 m2 office building and associated parking – either government or privately owned;
– the most appropriate procurement process to ensure the best outcome for [...]

Justifying the pleasure dome

By 5 July 2011

The Economic Development Directorate is making the case for a large office building to envelop all the minions of the ACT Government:
The building will allow for more efficient and integrated service delivery to the Canberra community. Many existing Government buildings are old and cannot be brought up to today’s standards, even with a significant [...]

ACT Government excoriated by the Ombudsman

By 14 June 2011

On Friday the Canberra Times dropped a bombshell with a savage attack on the operation of the ACT Government by the Ombudsman Allan Asher.
The public service watchdog has slammed the ACT Government for ignoring Canberrans’ complaints, saying it prefers to spend ”millions on consultants’ advice” than listen to the people it serves.
ACT Ombudsman Allan [...]

Greens push for rangers to get a bigger say

By 6 June 2011

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury has expressed delight that the gang gang logo for the Parks and Conservation service.
But he goes on to make the dangerous suggestion that trained and experienced nature conservation managers might be well suited to having some input into the workings of the new Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate.
The Greens [...]

How many ACT Public Servants will salary package their bus use?

By 30 May 2011

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced the thrilling news that slaray packaging of bus fares is kicking off for the ACT PS from 1 June 2011.
From 1 June 2011 the ACT Government will provide ACT Public Service employees and their families an incentive to get on the bus and reduce their travel costs with [...]

In defence of the Death Star

By 5 May 2011

Chief Minister Stanhope is addressing the sole specific Liberal complaint about his 2011 budget, the planned half billion dollar construction of a mega office to house the entire ACT Public Service (less the penal battalion to be exiled to Gungahlin).
“Compared to all other viable options for meeting the Government’s accommodation needs, the new office block [...]

Details on the Gungahlin job transplant

By 2 May 2011

Following on from Andrew Barr’s tweet based announcement the Chief Minister has now published a media release on the subject.
“The ACT Government will establish a presence in Gungahlin by moving 500 public servants to a new Government office block that will be built in the region’s town centre,” Chief Minister and Minister for Land and [...]

500 jobs in Gungahlin. Twitter speaks

By 2 May 2011

In our brave new world of Governance by Twat, Andrew Barr has briefly mentioned he’s shipping 500 ACT Public Service jobs to Gungahlin.
One wonders who has so displeased the Government as to deserve such a fate?

What would you change about the ACT Public Service?

By 5 February 2011

ABC reports that former Defence chief Dr Allan Hawke’s review into the ACT Public Service is complete, and that significant changes may be on their way. Or not (Stanhope stated he hadn’t finished reading the full report, but he felt compelled to make a media announcement nonetheless).
Stanhope is quoted as follows:
“Change is confronting to [...]

Submissions released for ACT Public Service Review

By 25 January 2011

An anonymous tipster has let us know that the submissions for the review into the ACT Public Service are now online.
Nice to see the Community Alliance Party still getting involved.

Zed wakes up! Doesn’t like the Hawke review

By 9 September 2010

It was 3 September when Jon Stanhope announced the Hawke review into the ACT Public Service.
Today Zed Seselja has responded.
(Any other opposition leader I’ve covered in well over a decade in this game would have responded the same day, at worst the next, but Zed’s a bit special)
He’s not a fan:
“The reality is that this [...]

Allan Hawke moves to calm the horses

By 6 September 2010

Following last week’s announcement of a heavy hitting review of the poorly performed ACT Public Service the ABC has a story on Dr Allan Hawke’s efforts to soothe the nerves of the pubes union CPSU:
Dr Hawke says his review will not lead to job cuts.
“It’s about how they deliver best policy advice to their ministers [...]

The bell tolls for the ACT Public Service

By 3 September 2010

An increasingly exasperated Chief Minister has announced that he’s sending Allan Hawke in to clean up the ACT Public Service.
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said the Government wanted to be sure that the configuration of the public sector remained appropriate for meeting the broad-ranging needs of government and to deliver on the Government’s agenda for the [...]

Peace in our time – ACT PS pay dispute apparently over

By 1 July 2010

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced an agreement on ACT Public Service Pay.
The in-principle agreement is based upon the Government’s final wage offer, providing for a 2.5% salary increase from 1 July 2010 and a common nominal expiry date of 30 June 2011 for the agreements. The Government has also offered a sign-on bonus of [...]

ACT Government caves on pay negotiations

By 26 May 2010

The ABC has a story on shifting ground in the pay dispute between the ACT Government and its public service.
The Government is now offering a 2.5 per cent wage increase from July 1 as part of a one year agreement.
It is also offering a sign-on bonus of $650 for eligible employees.
Apparently the union thinks [...]

Local Government workers revolting

By 21 April 2010

The Canberra Times brings word of a breakdown in negotiations between the ACT’s public sector employees and the Stanhope Government.
A 4.75% raise over two years is apparently not enough and they’re off to Fair Work Australia.

How does one compain about senior public servants?

By 7 May 2009

Hello Riot Act. Long time reader, first time poster. I have a small question and thought someone on here might have a sensible answer.
How does one officially complain about the actions of a Senior ACT public servant?
Several of my friends have children with Disabilities and are dependant on the Government for funding.
The problem [...]

Illiterate dope grower running ACT dental health

By 13 December 2008

The trouble with the ACT Government is that no believable work of fiction could equal what goes on in there.
Today the Canberra Times brings word that Mark Vincent Blattman has been sentenced to “212″ years in prison (I suspect they mean 2 1/2) for growing 75 marijuana plants in Sutton.
The court heard Blattman had [...]

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