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Budget 2016 | ACT reaction

Budget generic

At a glance
- Chief minister says more than 1000 public service jobs will be lost
- Business welcomes tax concessions, intern scheme
ACT chief minister Andrew Barr has slammed budget measures that will make nearly $2 billion in savings after the Coalition reneged on its pledge to scale back public service cuts from next year.
Mr Barr said [...]

Budget 2016 | Little joy for Canberrans


At a glance
- $2 billion cut from departmental budgets over four years
- No jobs growth for public sector
- No new infrastructure money for ACT
Scott Morrison on Tuesday delivered a cautious pre-election budget that offered Canberrans little to get excited about and further pain for the public service.
The ACT public sector will continue to bear a [...]

Long service leave entitlement resigning from APS ?

By 7 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

Hi, I can’t find any actual information on the internet other than  the 1976 AC.
If I resign from a job in the public service after seven services will I be entitled to pro-rata payment of long service leave ?
Please don’t repeat standard NSW law unless it applies to ACT and the APS.

Tuggeranong – The Cinderella of the south


There was no surprise that the latest survey of migration in Canberra had Tuggeranong losing so many of its burghers to Gungahlin. Tuggeranong is indeed the Cinderella of the South and always was and always will be.
This is because the planners, pollies and mandarins both commonwealth and territory have decided it shall be so.
I saw [...]

Breaking the cabal – how can we create more diversity in decision-making positions?


Do you feel that Canberra is a diverse place to live? At work, is your organisation’s board or executive team as diverse as the people it represents?
Most public service organisations make a point of “celebrating Australia’s diversity,” however, the statistics on who reaches the top tell a different story.
While women now make up 40 per [...]

The anonymous bureaucrat

By 9 February 2015

When I was young and impressionable (as opposed to now when I am old and impressionable), I studied organisational theory. You know, the stuff Frederick Taylor wrote on Scientific Management, Max Weber’s theories on bureaucracy and March and Simon’s thoughts on the dysfunction of bureaucracy.
I was particularly drawn to Weber’s theories and his notion of the [...]

Doris the Tea Lady – Can you come back?

By 19 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

When I left the ACT public service (and before that, the Commonwealth public service) I had just short of 30 years’ service.
When I started (in the Palaeolithic period), we had to sign on and off in an attendance book, and had one hour for lunch with two fifteen-minute breaks per day. Tea and coffee were [...]

Canberra natural home for Public Service


ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has raised the future of the public service in Canberra and regional concerns about the federal budget with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, according to the Canberra Times.
Ms Gallagher has explained concerns of public service workers facing redundancies, in her first one-on-one meeting with Mr Abbott since his election win last [...]

Scrapping the valuation office

By 24 January 2014

Andrew Leigh is weeping for the Australian Valuation Office which is being scrapped so Liberal spivs can bid to rip off the Commonwealth while pretending to do the work (that’s how outsourcing work).
The 104 year-old AVO, located in the Australian Taxation Office, has been doing an effective job. While the government refers to a projected [...]

Merging Social Services and Human Services

By 14 January 2014

The ABC brings word of a possible mega merger coming to the public service:
The Federal Government has flagged the possibility of merging the Department of Social Services with the Department of Human Services.
Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews says such a merger could create “substantial” savings.
He has indicated the move could lead to redundancies in the [...]

Crackdown threatened on malingering pubes

By 30 December 2013

The Australian is running with glee on news of a crackdown on sickies in the public service:
Senator Eric Abetz, the Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, said “taxpayers are entitled to expect that their money is spent efficiently and effectively, with minimum waste on excessive sick leave”.
“Managing unscheduled absence is a [...]

Moving office not a good reason for a breakdown

By 27 December 2013

The ABC brings word of one of the Public Service’s unique snowflakes who wanted cash money for the “adjustment disorder” that came from her office within the Department of Health being moved.
Sadly for her the AAT has upheld Commcare’s thinking that reasonable administrative action is not a good enough reason.

ACHTUNG PUBES! Tones chrimbo message for you needs some eyeballs

By 24 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s message to the public service is listed on YouTube as being published on 22 December.
But we can’t help feeling the 339 views currently credited to it is a bit low.
Your Prime Minister needs you people!

The blame game might be tiresome, but the cuts will be painful

By 18 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

Joe Hockey has delivered a bleak MYEFO. AAP/Alan Porritt

The big message out of the updated, gloomy budget figures released today is: prepare for some shocker spending cuts to come.
The strategy is obvious, learned from forebears. Present a black picture. Heap blame on your predecessor. Have the answers. But make it [...]

Where to now for the public service?

By 18 December 2013

As some one in the public service, I’m half expecting a tap on the shoulder any day and to be told my position is redundant.
I’m looking at options, do I stay in or do I leave now?
The way I see it is that with a recruitment freeze on and a reduction in staff [...]

Who wants to get shoved over to Serco?

By 17 December 2013

Government News is running concerns that the Commission of Audit is going to recommend large swathes of the public service be handed over to private sector groups like Serco and G4S:
The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has ratcheted up pressure on the Abbott government to resist a push to hive off thousands of [...]

iPhones for everyone

By 11 December 2013

The SMH has a story on the fruit wars in the public service with Blackberry on the way out as Apple, years late, is slowly adopted.
One wonders what will be supplanting Android by the time it starts to gain traction.

ACT PS growing faster than the PS is shrinking

By 11 December 2013

The ABC has the intriguing news that the ACT Public Service expanded by 2,000 jobs in the last year while Commonwealth employment contracted by just 1,500 places:
Currently the ACT PS is home to 25,500 workers.

Public Service: “a very significant net downsizing”

By 3 December 2013

Government News brings word of this year’s State of the Service, which is shrinking:
In a sombre assessment of the challenge the APS faces in the years ahead, the public sector’s industrial umpire conspicuously avoided putting a total number on how many jobs are predicted to be lost – but said that “it is clear the [...]

So who wants a pay cut?

By 22 November 2013

Government News has a story on plans at Health to offer demotions in an effort to get payroll down:
The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has successfully sought to enter consultations with the Department of Health following confirmation that a range of voluntary workplace flexibility options – including reduced hours and voluntary demotions – [...]

ATO cutting 900 jobs

By 21 November 2013

As news of doom and gloom around Canberra go a nice round 900 job losses from Tax is probably worth a mention:
In Senate Estimates the ATO’s Geoff Leeper said the cuts will be made through natural attrition or voluntary redundancies.
“Unless there are particular functions that cease where it’s impossible for us to redeploy people and [...]

“I may be horrible but Zed’s worse than me”. Words to that effect by Kate Lundy

By 19 November 2013

Labor Senator Kate Lundy is improbably willy waving with the Liberals’ Zed Seselja over the size, depth and breadth of their cuts to the public service.
Apparently in Kate’s eyes Zed’s previous promises of job reductions by “Natural Attrition are broken and that’s just the worst.
I’m not sure all the folk currently in exit lounges or [...]

Zed to Public Service: “It’s not just us that hates you”

By 19 November 2013

Senator Seselja is engaging in the dubious strategy of trying to convince a public service mid-mutilation that Labor was going to do the same anyway:
“Whilst running an entire campaign focussed on supposedly saving jobs, Labor was cutting jobs behind Canberrans’ backs,” stated Senator Seselja. “Labor members blatantly lied to the people of Canberra.”
Labor’s cuts [...]

Agriculture giving 220 staff the arse

By 12 November 2013

Government News has more from the killing grounds as “natural attrition” meets the same grim realities as “turning back the boats”:
An all staff email from Agriculture Department secretary, Paul Grimes, candidly admits that “natural attrition in recent months has proven to be lower than forecast” and that the department is now making “arrangements for [...]

Dear public servants, do tell us about your departure lounge?

By 6 November 2013

With stories coming in of increasingly insistent voluntary redundancy offers, and the creation of “departure lounges” where undeployed public servants are required to sit idle all day and consider their futures we thought we’d try and bring some information transparency to the process.
So please share your experiences of the current darkness below?

The Commission of Audit’s first job should be to kill itself off

By 4 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

By Ian McAuley, University of Canberra
A supposition behind the Commonwealth’s Commission of Audit is that government has become “too large”.
The first paragraph of the Commission’s terms of reference sets the context, stating:
During this time [the last 20 years] the size of the Commonwealth government has expanded significantly, as has the remit of some of its [...]

Public service closing up shop!

By 31 October 2013

Eric Abetz has announced that the public service is only going to be recruiting from amongst its own in future:
The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz, announced today interim new recruiting arrangements within the Australian Public Service to help meet the Government’s election commitment to reduce the [...]

Liberal staffers not being moved “to the real world”

By 30 October 2013

The Australian has word of grumblings amongst the Liberal front bench that they can’t just give their mates staffing jobs and holders of said jobs will have to work in Canberra under Peta Credlin’s iron fist:
All senior staffers have to be based in Canberra. It’s causing quite a few grumbles,” said one.
“There is a very [...]

Public service changes

By 30 October 2013

They must have felt like they were in the Colosseum.

Here comes the Commission of Audit

By 22 October 2013

The Australian has the word on Business Council of Australia chair Tony Shepherd being appointed to rip the guts out of the public service and sell the furniture to the vultures.
JOE Hockey has unveiled a surprise increase in the debt ceiling to $500 billion as he announced a Commission of Audit into government finances with [...]

Treasury dispersed?

By 22 October 2013

The West Australian has a story on plans to fling units of Treasury across the country in the hope that proximity to a board room (presumably while a meeting is being held in it) will bring them better knowledge of the “real world”.
With the purpose of having regulators shoulder-to-shoulder with the regulated, much of [...]

One job to go every hour to the end of the financial year?

By 21 October 2013

Canberra’s Labor Representatives are voicing concerns about Coalition plans to lose 6,000 public servants by June 2014, or one every single hour.
The APS will be reduced by 6,000 staff in the nine months to June 2014. That’s one public service job lost every single hour until the end of the financial year. A further [...]

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