Public servants pick up $279m
PUBLIC servants have walked away with hundreds of millions of dollars in redundancy payouts in the past year as a result of WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt’s cost-cutting drive.
The axe has been swung in almost every State Government department since Mr Wyatt announced in September last year that he wanted 3000 “voluntary separations” at a cost of $300 million.
The Health Department paid out the highest amount of any agency — $43 million to 301 exiting staff — as part of the Voluntary Targeted Separation Scheme (VTSS).
This was followed by Communities ($41 million), Education ($28 million), Justice ($26 million) and Primary Industries ($17 million), as well as WA Police ($10 million) and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services ($4.7 million).
As of July 1, 2311 separations had cost WA taxpayers $279 million.
Mr Wyatt previously said the reduction in public-sector jobs would save taxpayers $1 billion over four years.
An analysis of annual reports tabled in parliament in recent weeks show at least $156 million in “termination benefits” were paid in 2017-18.
A spokesman for the Treasurer said the benefit payments may include costs outside of the VTSS. The reports show numerous cases of more obscure government authorities making sizeable payouts.
These include the Rottnest Island Authority ($725,000), Lotterywest ($2.2 million), Botanic Parks and Gardens ($610,668), Information Commissioner ($80,558), State Library of WA ($819,000), VenuesWest ($757,000), WA Museum ($108,000), Gold Corporation ($305,914), State Emergency Management Committee ($236,000) and the Commissioner for Children and Young People ($247,097).