Victoria looks to cut costs as states and territories’ public workforces grow

The variety of Australian public service workers in states and territories is climbing whereas employment in federal and native authorities is steadying, with the Victorian authorities having the most important development in its workforce. 

The newest Australian Bureau of Statistics report of the public sector’s employment and earnings reveals development amongst state governments jumped by 53,300 workers (3.3%) within the 2020-21 monetary yr. 

The variety of public servants employed by state governments — about 1.6 million individuals — far outnumbers the 247,600 employed by the federal authorities, and the 190,800 working in native authorities all through Australia. 

Numbers employed by the federal authorities solely elevated 0.6% final yr, whereas native authorities general noticed a 2.5% development in workforces. 

Victoria had the most important improve in public servants final yr, with the workforce rising by about 18,400 individuals. This was intently adopted by the NSW public service, which elevated by 9300 employees. 

In Victoria, the rise noticed the state’s whole spending on wages improve from about $32.5 billion to $35.4 billion. 

It comes as the Victorian authorities is within the strategy of briefing unions and departments on initiatives it’s taking to save costs and reprioritise funding. 

Asked concerning the development, a Victorian authorities spokesperson advised The Mandarin: “We make no apologies for hiring the additional employees wanted to maintain Victorians protected throughout the pandemic”. 

Victorian authorities knowledge reveals the general profile of the VPS has not considerably modified regardless of the enhance in numbers, with a small improve within the ongoing employment within the sector. 

The Victorian Budget additionally included $3.7 billion value of “reprioritisation measures” to guarantee public funding was being directed on the initiatives and companies most wanted. 

The Mandarin understands the prioritising measures are centered on lowering back-office costs and spending on consultants, with the federal government aiming not to impression important companies or guarantees it made to voters. 

“Departments are presently putting in a variety of financial savings and efficiencies to make sure the Victorian Public Service stays successfully aligned with authorities priorities,” the federal government’s spokesman stated. 

“The VPS management is working intently with its workforce, unions and different related stakeholders to assist employees and minimise the impression of any modifications.”


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