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How many ACT public servants are there?

By las - 5 September 2011 46

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?

What’s Your opinion?


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46 Responses to
How many ACT public servants are there?
las 4:57 pm 05 Sep 11

nah, just curious and had a pub discussion about it recently.

I’d love to see how it compares with other countries or similar sized states around the world. Although obviously these comparisons are hard to make.

Boring_Name 4:50 pm 05 Sep 11

emd said :

That sounds super crazy to me

And what is your basis for this opinion?

I might be wrong, but this whole thread smells like OP is writing an essay for a university course and doesn’t want to do their own homework.

las 4:49 pm 05 Sep 11

I dunno 5% looking after 95% does seem like a lot to me… I guess it depends on how many are desk jobs as opposed to teachers, nurses and other positions.

harvyk1 4:33 pm 05 Sep 11

5% of the population “looking after” the remaining 95% doesn’t seem too many… Keep in mind that it’s not like they are all doing the same thing. The jobs which they do would range from “State” based work (the sort of thing a state gov’t would look after) to “Council” based work (the sort of thing a local council would look after).

Econman 4:32 pm 05 Sep 11

Well, you could always try google. it is amazing what evidence can be found when looking:

http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/191870/wfp0910.pdf

Try page 9, 12 and Attachment B.

creative_canberran 4:25 pm 05 Sep 11

EvanJames said :

It would be interesting to find out how many people work for the Qbn City Council, and compare the percentages. Although I guess some Qbn workers are employed by the State gov’t (health, police etc).

The Qbn City Council area takes in more than just the Qbn town, they’ve got a bit of the countryside also (although not as much of it as the residents of that countryside would like!).

Not a fair comparison. The ACT Government has responsibility for local council and state government levels. You would need to audit the Queenbeyan Council staff along with those State Government employees deployed in the shire.

creative_canberran 4:23 pm 05 Sep 11

Skidbladnir said :

More facts required.
Are nurses (and all non-subcontracted hospital staff), teachers, street cleaners, park and city ranger, bus driver, etc all counted in that figure?

Numbers without reference frames are meaningless.

I would have thought the question itself made the context self evidence. How many ACT public servants, which logically means those employed under the Public Service Act.

A contractor is not a public servant. By the same token, those figures do not seem to include the ACT Policing personnel contracted from the Federal Police who remain employed under Commonwealth legislation.

Gungahlin Al 4:22 pm 05 Sep 11

Pedant post: “you are” = “you’re” NOT “your”

EvanJames 4:22 pm 05 Sep 11

It would be interesting to find out how many people work for the Qbn City Council, and compare the percentages. Although I guess some Qbn workers are employed by the State gov’t (health, police etc).

The Qbn City Council area takes in more than just the Qbn town, they’ve got a bit of the countryside also (although not as much of it as the residents of that countryside would like!).

Skidbladnir 4:18 pm 05 Sep 11

More facts required.
Are nurses (and all non-subcontracted hospital staff), teachers, street cleaners, park and city ranger, bus driver, etc all counted in that figure?

Numbers without reference frames are meaningless.

rescuedg 4:16 pm 05 Sep 11

That is not too many, Nurses alone would probably be about 4-5,000 in Canberra and they are short a few hundred. I’m assuming your looking at the whole public service and not just desk jobs. Teachers, Nurses other front line employees probably make up the vast majority of the number.

creative_canberran 4:14 pm 05 Sep 11

As at June 2010, it was actually 20,349 (or about 5.4% of population).

Only 68% though are employed full time. A further 22% are part time and 10% casual.

Just over 55% of all public service employment belongs to the former Departments of Health and Education. Justice and Community Services, Calvary Public Hospital, CIT and TAMS (including ACTION) are the other big ticket employers, accounting for 5-9% each.

http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/202929/wfp0910v2.pdf

las 4:08 pm 05 Sep 11

yes, especially if it is 18,000. Need to know facts before a complete rant I think.

beejay76 4:05 pm 05 Sep 11
curlylocks 3:56 pm 05 Sep 11

IMO Too many.

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