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 public service by 12,000 employees through natural attrition.
The new arrangements will maximise the use of capability already within the APS by increasing efforts to provide every employment opportunity possible to existing staff.
External advertising of APS vacancies and non-ongoing (temporary) employment will be limited to critical vacancies only, most particularly in specialist roles, where a suitable employee cannot be found within the APS.
The APS will also continue to support targeted recruitment programmes for Graduate and Indigenous employees.
It’s hard to see this benefitting the greater Australian community.