The Newman government's cuts to the size of the public service have generated controversy. But what do the reductions look like visually?
Our interactive graphic, above, allows readers to see the shape and size of the public sector in June 2012 and compare it with the changes outlined in the September budget papers.
The departments are scaled to show their relative sizes. It's clear that Queensland Health and the Department of Education, Training and Employment are the two biggest employers in the state's public sector.
Select June 2012 to see the make-up of the public sector at the time of an audit by the Public Sector Commission and then toggle to September 2012 to see the shrinkage foreshadowed by the Newman government's first state budget.
Hover over each department to see how many employees are expected to remain working there this financial year following the cuts. The red number in brackets indicates the exact number of full-time-equivalent staff set to receive redundancies, according to the budget papers.
The bracketed number of redundancies is not the simple difference between staff numbers in June and September. The size of departments varies from month to month and some departments, such as the Queensland Police Service, will have growth in some areas but redundancies in other areas.
Delivering the budget, Treasurer Tim Nicholls confirmed cuts would lead to a 14,000 reduction in the number of full-time-equivalent positions in the public service.
About 10,600 of these would result in redundancy payouts – with other reductions to positions occurring either through non-filling of vacant roles or ending temporary contracts.
Mr Nicholls said about $800 million in government funds had been set aside for redundancy payouts.
But the cuts, combined with the former government's voluntary separation program and the new government's 3 per cent employee expenses cap, would produce a net saving $3.7 billion over the four-year budget cycle, he said.
In the graphic, we have used the redundancy figures outlined in the formal budget papers.
The budget refers to 4140 Queensland Health redundancies, but the government insists the overall Queensland Health reduction will be 2754 Health employees.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the government had been looking for savings equivalent to 4142 positions but had reduced the figure by saving funds allocated for positions not yet created. He said a further 384 positions were added to accommodate growth, leaving a total reduction of 2754.
All figures in the graphic refer to full-time-equivalent positions. This is why the June 2012 audit figures include decimal places. A full-time worker counts as 1, while a part-time worker counts as less than 1 depending on what fraction of a full-time shift is worked.