Queensland's first social impact bond aims to help children in out-of-home care.
New South Wales has doubled its temp workers under the Coalition — and couldn't justify value for the extra $600m cost. Also, Margaret Crawford has
We recently moved our readers to a new system. You may need to reset your password here to login.
Not a member ? Join here for free.
Forgot your password?
Home News WA state of the service: declining workforce, but strong indicators
Text size :
TAGS Western Australia, WA Public Sector Commission, Mal Wauchope
More redundancies will come in the Western Australian public sector, but the commissioner is happy with job satisfaction and the work that has gone into leadership development.
As the Western Australian bureaucracy prepares to shed another 1500 jobs, figures in a new report reveal the public sector workforce declined by 1.4% over the 12 months to June.
The State of the WA Public Sector report says a year that saw 1000 voluntary redundancies marked the largest decline of any state aside from Queensland and Victoria. But WA leads the country in female participation, the report shows, though it also has the oldest public sector workforce in Australia.
A worsening budget prompted the state government to apply another 1% efficiency dividend to government operations last month. Public sector commissioner Mal Wauchope announced details of a “targeted voluntary separation offer” last week for the 1500 workers “surplus to requirements”.
In his overview of the service, Wauchope says despite fiscal restraint the public sector has “much to be proud of”. The report focuses on benchmarking WA against other jurisdictions, a comparison Wauchope says shows the state in a good light:
Receive unlimited access, get all the latest public sector news and features, plus The Juice, our daily news update sent direct to your inbox.
The Mandarin is where Australia's public sector leaders discuss their work and the issues faced within modern bureaucracy. Join today to discover the latest in public administration thinking and news from our dedicated reporters, current and former agency heads and senior executives.
Jason Whittaker is managing editor of The Mandarin based in Melbourne. He has written for and edited political, business and culture publications for a decade. He spent two years as editor of sister Private Media publication Crikey.
Read Related Content
Jason Banks has secured his job as head of Western Australia's Department of Environmental Regulation, after acting in the role since July last year.
New South Wales has doubled its temp workers under the Coalition — and couldn't justify value for the extra $600m cost. Also, Margaret Crawford has seven sector-wide tips to consider when procuring and managing contingent labour.