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Taking a Voluntary Redundancy from the public service

By Howaboutthat 17 June 2013 24

Ok folks, here’s the thing. After 26 years in the APS I’ve given it the flick. Or, to put it in more technical terms, I’ve been offered a Voluntary Redundancy from the Australian Public Service and I’m going to take it.

There’s one part of me that says “Hoo-Bluddy-Ray, Hallelujah, Saints Preserve Me and Toorah all you tossers”. Then again, there’s another part of me that says “OMG …I’m going to be Unemployed in a couple of weeks…What now?”.

This is A Big Huge Might-Be-No-Good Or May-Be-Very-Good-But-Who-Knows-Very-Scary-Thing.

Have any other Rioters taken a VR recently? Did it turn out OK, or the other way? Is anybody considering doing it and needs advice on the steps? What’s the vibe out there? I’d really like to hear from anybody who has done it , would like to do it, or wouldn’t dream of doing it in a million years. And why or why not?

What’s Your opinion?


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LSWCHP 9:51 pm 24 Jun 13

Christoph Zierholz said :

I did some years ago and went into business for myself.

It’d probably take a book to cover the last few years of trials and tribulations but for me it was the right thing to do.

My take on it is that I am the kind of person who had to give it a go and see what happened and as long as I gave it my best shot then even if I failed, at least I wouldn’t be sitting at a desk for the rest of my life contemplating “…what if…?”

As an aside, I didn’t leave my old job because I hated it or anything, it was interesting enough and I worked with great people but it was just that I found something that I wanted to do more.

Anyway, good luck.

Hey Cristoph, I sample your fine products regularly out at Fyshwick, so I’m glad you made the decision you did. 🙂

Terra 3:57 pm 21 Jun 13

After 26 years yeah? Good luck!
I went the other way, after 26 years in the private sector I retrained and scored a Public Service job in a central agency.

Nothing annoys me more than the old biddy’s who have never worked elsewhere in their lives complaining about conditions, treatment and the like. I wish there were some way to show them just how insulated they are.

There’s the real world and the PS. Sure, this is how it all should be, but it’s not. It’s sooo not.

Good luck.

laughtong 10:51 am 21 Jun 13

I took a package nearly 2 years ago after 25 years in the Public Service. I planned to move to near Melbourne for family reasons.
As a librarian with a range of experience and skills, I was already looking for work options in Melbourne and had several interviews before and after finishing work.
I was offered a role in the academic sector the day we were being packed to leave Canberra. Roughly equivalent role but considerably lower salary. This was about a week after finishing work.

As others have said, seek financial advice from companies that specialize in APS super. They are around.

The package and selling in Canberra allowed us buy here mortgage free – making the lower salary plus APS super very livable, and giving the potential to build a 2nd super money pot.

Consider your age if planning to look for work – my hubby has been unable to get work here, largely due to his age.

ramblingted 9:23 am 21 Jun 13

Well, I can speak from a couple of experiences. Took a VR in 2000 after 20 years in the APS as an EL2. Had a part time consulting job lined up which was great for a year or so, then rejoined the APS, and got back to my old level by 2004 before taking another VR in 2010.

The only thing I regret is the big slab of unused sick leave I left behind the first time. While it really depends upon what stage of life you’re at (kids at school, mortage etc) one thing I would suggest is to take up the offer of free financial advice which usually comes as part of the deal. While you need to be aware of financial advice from advisers with an interest in investment commissions, you should get the good oil on the tax treatment of any lump sum you might want to take. It gets complicated depending upon the various tax status of your contributions.

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