Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu
Victoria Treasurer Kim Wells
Sustainable Government Initiative Update
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to delivering an efficient, responsive and sustainable public service for the benefit of all Victorians.
Today the Government has provided an update on progress regarding its public service reforms through the Sustainable Government Initiative (SGI).
The Sustainable Government Initiative reform included the 3,600 public service workforce reduction announced as part of the Budget Update last December. Additional workforce reductions of around 600 positions were announced as part of the 2012-13 Budget.
Further improvements to the operations of the Victorian public sector are being sought via the Better Services Implementation Taskforce chaired by DPC Secretary, Helen Silver, and includes DTF Secretary, Grant Hehir.
Premier Ted Baillieu said progress to date was encouraging, showing the significant savings already being made through careful management of the public service.
“We are already seeing a managed reduction in back office and administrative positions, putting us on track to deliver our policy without impacting on frontline service delivery.” Premier Baillieu said.
Today the Government announced that:
- VPS numbers have already been reduced by 910 through attrition and non-renewal of fixed term contracts since December;
- Applications have been made to the Australian Taxation Office for 2,600 VDPs across government departments and agencies;
- Departmental secretaries would be informing their staff about departments’ allocation of the 3,600 SGI headcount reductions.
“Departments are working through the development of detailed implementation plans, those plans will then be considered by government in coming weeks.” Premier Baillieu said.
“Departments will continue this work through their VDP offers and their detailed implementation plans which will include the further reduction of around 600 positions in the public sector workforce as a result of the 2012-13 Budget announced in May.”
“The Sustainable Government Initiative will be achieved over two years in administrative and back office roles through natural attrition, a freeze on recruitment, the lapsing of fixed term contracts and a Voluntary Departure Packages (VDP).”
“The Sustainable Government Initiative does not apply to frontline service delivery roles, and exemptions apply for specialist support staff to ensure skills critical to the operational needs of Government are maintained.” Premier Baillieu said.
Treasurer Kim Wells said the Coalition Government was prioritising investment to deliver quality community services in education, health and community safety, and improving public transport and road infrastructure by reducing unnecessary head office and administrative expenditure in the bureaucracy.
Victoria’s public service grew at an average annual rate of 5.3 % over the period 2006 to 2010 compared to a 2 % average annual population growth over the same period.