How will the Tasmanian government cut 700 from its ranks?

Deep budget cuts will see hundreds of government jobs go in Tasmania. What impact will it have on the ranks of the public sector and on service delivery?

Some 700 public service jobs will be cut and a one-year pay freeze instituted under the Tasmanian budget released on Thursday evening, amid concern redundancies could see a decrease in the quality of advice to ministers and structural support for services.

The government is arguing the pay “pause” for bureaucrats will save 1000 jobs “embedded” in previous government budgeting. Previously, the Tasmanian Liberals had warned they may need to cut 1500 jobs. Treasurer Peter Gutwein said in a statement:

“The choice was simple — it was the wage pause or 500 more people would lose their jobs. We chose the wage pause because there are 500 public servants and their families who would be better off with a pay pause than no pay at all.”

Gutwein says individual departments will be tasked with making the cuts across their units.

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