Public staff on golden hand­shake gravy train

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - NATASHA BITA

SACKED bu­reau­crats pock­eted $ 181 mil­lion in golden hand­shakes last year — yet hun­dreds came straight back to work in the public ser­vice.

In a re­volv­ing door of re­cruit­ment, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment re­hired 752 “re­dun­dant’’ staff dur­ing 2015/ 16.

De­spite $ 181 mil­lion in re­dun­dancy pay­outs dur­ing 2016 to 2210 staff on the grounds they were no longer needed, the fed­eral public ser­vice still swelled by 1600 em­ploy­ees, or by 2323 in­clud­ing the mil­i­tary.

De­fence spent $ 53.2 mil­lion on re­dun­dan­cies for 571 staff at an av­er­age pay­out of $ 93,170 in­clud­ing 20 se­nior of­fi­cials paid an “in­cen­tive to re­tire’’.

The Aus­tralian Tax­a­tion Of­fice made 493 staff re­dun­dant last year, at a cost to tax­pay­ers of $ 42.7 mil­lion.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull’s own depart­ment spent $ 6 mil­lion to lay off 101 bu­reau­crats – then awarded con­tracts to two of them.

Tax­pay­ers forked out $ 181.5 mil­lion in re­dun­dancy pay­ments to 2210 fed­eral bu­reau­crats from 17 de­part­ments and agen­cies dur­ing 2016.

Im­mi­gra­tion and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion spent $ 17.7 mil­lion sack­ing 205 staff and Hu­man Ser­vices laid off 240 at a cost of $ 16.7 mil­lion. The health depart­ment spent $ 10.7 mil­lion mak­ing 154 staff re­dun­dant.

De­fence has re­vealed it has no idea how many of its “re­dun­dant’’ bu­reau­crats have come back to work as con­trac­tors or con­sul­tants.

“There is noth­ing to pre­vent an em­ployee who is be­ing made re­dun­dant from tak­ing up em­ploy­ment with a com­pany con­tracted to De­fence,’’ it has told a Se­nate com­mit­tee.

“De­fence does not cap­ture such in­for­ma­tion.’’

The Depart­ment of In­dus­try, In­no­va­tion and Science – which spent $ 7.8 mil­lion on re­dun­dan­cies – also claimed it would be an “un­rea­son­able di­ver­sion of re­sources’’ to re­veal de­tails of con­tracts awarded to laid- off public ser­vants.

The Aus­tralian Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion said dur­ing 2015/ 16, agen­cies had re­hired 752 staff who had pock­eted re­dun­dan­cies, the ma­jor­ity as “non- on­go­ing em­ploy­ees in a dif­fer­ent agency”, but there was no data on those en­gaged as con­trac­tors.

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