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Climate Change to shrink like a polar ice cap

By Primal - 4 April 2012 74

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The ABC reports that the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency needs to downsize from 900 to about 600 staff to meet the demands of its budget.

Anyone else suddenly much happier with their job this morning?

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gazket 4:08 pm 05 Apr 12

WTF so for around 4 years the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency has had nothing to do and were grossly over staffed like most government departments.

More Labour waste

MissChief 2:14 pm 05 Apr 12

kakosi said :

Every government is good at blaming government workers for it’s policy faults and getting votes by sacking people.

Happens every administration and you get the same “joy at watching people get sacked” in online chat rooms and in the media every time. Of course the hundreds of families to become affected by unemployment is not something people should be rejoicing.

+1

At least those families will now be eligible for the carbon tax compensation, which was partially funded by the slashing of their jobs.

And the tax they’re no longer paying/ money they’re no longer spending will make Mr Swan’s deficit dream even harder to achieve, resulting in even most spending cuts in the next 12 months.

It’s all one big vicious cycle and the losers are every single one of us.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 2:00 pm 05 Apr 12

Mysteryman said :

No, Labor is doing it now because they have screwed around the budget since 2007 and are realising that there is no way they can ever deliver their promised surplus until they stop spending – which they aren’t prepared to do – so they will cut jobs and cease some of the streams of GST funding to the states instead. At least it’s not another new tax, which they also seem fond of lately.

This.

Labor are finally realising that spending more than they have coming in is not a winning strategy in the longer term.

floradora 1:56 pm 05 Apr 12

Yawn…what’s the fuss. In the private sector, redudancy is an occupational hazard. Yet for those who suckle on the public mammaries, it seems the end of the world is at hand. Get over yourselves. PS redundancies usually come with some re-training options. Use them wisely and find a real job!

zippyzippy 1:36 pm 05 Apr 12

Wow, they didn’t even wait for Tony Abbott before slashing away the climate change dept! They might get a round 2 with tony in a year or so.

MERC600 12:25 pm 05 Apr 12

Hell poor old brodburgers. The only ones who could wait 90 minutes for a lunch feed were pubes.

gertel 12:23 pm 05 Apr 12

PantsMan said :

Treasury is hunting for 200 VRs.

Actual result approx 80.

devils_advocate 11:42 am 05 Apr 12

pink little birdie said :

The last round of VR’s we had a few weeks later quite a few were back or at other departments as contract staff.

While I have no doubt this happens, it’s as a result of a (arguably deliberate) misapplication of the policy, rather than a failing in the policy itself.

VRs can and should be given out to positions that are genuinely redundant. But like most systems its open to rorting.

pink little birdie 11:26 am 05 Apr 12

People who take VR’s can’t take a ongoing job in the APS for a period specified in their package contract bases on how long they have worked in the APS. (I have heard of one which was 2 weeks and others that were 12 months)

However they may take up non ongoing positions in an APS departments.

The last round of VR’s we had a few weeks later quite a few were back or at other departments as contract staff.

devils_advocate 10:38 am 05 Apr 12

dpm said :

They will be hoping they can lure people to take a VR and ‘retire’. Of course, most of those people get jobs back in the PS, after getting their big payout… (Therefore, when you add in the payout costs and the fact that they get a job again sometime later, money is not always being saved – it just looks like that from a certain angle.

Not strictly true. Once you take a VR, you can’t (afaik) get a APS job for 12 months. Also, when they come back in, a lot of these older people are competing against younger and better qualified applicants. They actually have to make it through a merit process, as opposed to years gone by when anyone with a pulse could get promoted through the ranks by sheer longevity.

There is no guarantee that they will get a job at the same level, if at all. I know of more than a few oxygen theives that were apparently SES when they took their packages and upon re-entry took up APS-level jobs, which they have been stuck in for many years, just running out the clock until they can re-retire.

PantsMan 10:30 am 05 Apr 12

Treasury is hunting for 200 VRs.

Mysteryman 9:41 am 05 Apr 12

dpm said :

loosebrown said :

How can all departments simultaneously trim down staff through natural attrition?

They will be hoping they can lure people to take a VR and ‘retire’. Of course, most of those people get jobs back in the PS, after getting their big payout… (Therefore, when you add in the payout costs and the fact that they get a job again sometime later, money is not always being saved – it just looks like that from a certain angle. Kind of like when they hire lots of contractors to replace permanent staff, so they can say their permanent PS staff budget is smaller, as contractors get paid from a different pool of $).
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loosebrown said :

And don’t forget – if your colleagues are looking to take VRs – their position number will simply disappear so that means MORE WORK FOR YOU.

Yep, I guess that’s what happens when you ‘trim down’ staff…

Overall, maybe Labor is doing it now so that when the Monk gets in he won’t be able to make any further cuts to fund his election promises, as he has already planned!

No, Labor is doing it now because they have screwed around the budget since 2007 and are realising that there is no way they can ever deliver their promised surplus until they stop spending – which they aren’t prepared to do – so they will cut jobs and cease some of the streams of GST funding to the states instead. At least it’s not another new tax, which they also seem fond of lately.

dpm 9:04 am 05 Apr 12

loosebrown said :

How can all departments simultaneously trim down staff through natural attrition?

They will be hoping they can lure people to take a VR and ‘retire’. Of course, most of those people get jobs back in the PS, after getting their big payout… (Therefore, when you add in the payout costs and the fact that they get a job again sometime later, money is not always being saved – it just looks like that from a certain angle. Kind of like when they hire lots of contractors to replace permanent staff, so they can say their permanent PS staff budget is smaller, as contractors get paid from a different pool of $).
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loosebrown said :

And don’t forget – if your colleagues are looking to take VRs – their position number will simply disappear so that means MORE WORK FOR YOU.

Yep, I guess that’s what happens when you ‘trim down’ staff…

Overall, maybe Labor is doing it now so that when the Monk gets in he won’t be able to make any further cuts to fund his election promises, as he has already planned!

davo101 8:54 am 05 Apr 12

Ian said :

What is the alternative? Have the policy wonks hanging around to think up policies to keep them occupied?

How’s this for a list of things to be getting on with?

1. Implementation of current policy.
2. Thinking about future steps to reduce emissions.
3. Thinking about policy implications of climate adaptation or mitigation requirements.

Diggety 8:53 am 05 Apr 12

The picture used in the article says it all.

Public servants are underworked, constipated, and as confused as a dike on a pushbike.

Go apply for a job at Brodburger, I hear there waiting times are too short and only the APS could possibly make it slower.

loosebrown 8:45 am 05 Apr 12

How can all departments simultaneously trim down staff through natural attrition?

Secretaries want their staff to ‘work across the portfolio’ and ‘coordinate and innovate’ when they are all independently coming up with exactly the same strategy to reduce staffing levels. Where are these people going to go?

If I was a non-ongoing contractor I’d be looking for a job outside of Canberra quick smart. There will be a ‘coordinated’ panic in June when Secrataries realise they have not lost the required staff and they will decree no contracts will be renewed.

And don’t forget – if your colleagues are looking to take VRs – their position number will simply disappear so that means MORE WORK FOR YOU.

Thumper 8:08 am 05 Apr 12

I heard some chick from the ACTU on the radio this morning telling everybody that Abbott’s cuts will be worse.

Of course, didn’t have a word to say about the governments own massive cuts.

The way this mob is going Abbott will have to kickstart a massive recruiting drive.

rosscoact 7:07 am 05 Apr 12

SnapperJack said :

Best news I’ve heard all day. The next step should be abolishing the department altogether and scrapping all the green schemes. The carbon tax should also be abolished and it should be written into the Constitution that no government money can be spent on climate change or anything to do with environmentalism.

Piers? Is that you?

schmeah 6:54 am 05 Apr 12

Congratulations to all those posters who are rejoicing in the fact that people will lose their jobs, you all just won the A-hole of the month award.

And, frankly Departments don’t shed 30% of their workforce through natural attrition, they’ll be lucky to hit 10%.

Oh, and has anyone heard from Andrew Leigh or Gai Brodtman on this.. didn’t think so.

yellowsnow 10:18 pm 04 Apr 12

I can’t think of a department more deserving of job cuts.

I used to work there for many years – and it really is the most inefficient, inept agency of them all. I still have nightmares about some of the things they did over the years, and the colossal amounts of public money that pretty much went down the drain over the years, including on overseas trips and overpaid consultants who told people what they wanted to hear.

The sad part is the people they’ll let go are the ordinary worker bees they need most, and the people they’ll retain are the SES executives who created / contributed to the problems, which will no doubt continue. And no doubt they’ll continue throwing money at consultants – in fact with less staff even more money will be sent their way. And still they won’t be able to sell the carbon tax, because what they really need are car salesmen not policy wonks trained in the dark arts deep within dungeons of The Treasury

The other key point is that DCCEE is one of the most top-heavy agencies around, lots more SES and EL2 level than anywhere else proportionally. Also, staff salaries are among the highest in the APS. So plenty of fat to cut. It’s just that they’re unlikely to cut in the right places

The carbon tax will actually be administered by a new regulator that’s been set up, so cutbacks to DCCEE won’t affect its implementation.

I’m more worried by the overall cuts across all agencies will have on Canberra’s economy. Australia wide, they need to make something like 2% cuts in spending, which if it happens would send Australia into recession. All to make a political point and save Wayne Swan’s pride!!

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