The retirement trap awaiting public servants

Noel Towell   Public sector workers who opt for indexed pensions over lump-sum payments could lose out on the age pension side.

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Thousands of dodgy public servants dobbed-in

The government is a prime target for various types of fraud and scams.

Noel Towell   New report shows public servants are the unsung heroes in the battle against corruption. But there's an emerging risk.

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Thousands of APS jobs under threat

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the launch of the Deloitte report "Digital Government Transformation".

Noel Towell   Face-to-face transactions will be a thing of the past for many public servants within a decade.

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Scientists claim they were threatened over pay row

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Noel Towell   Synchrotron rejects union allegations that workers were threatened

'Don't turn a blind eye': John Lloyd

secrets

Phillip Thomson   He has been criticised for trying to find a leaker. Now the commissioner explains his position.

Public service office bullies costing millions

News.  generic file photo.  Public Servants, Workers, Office Workers, Walk.   June 2014. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Noel Towell   And one type of claim to the federal workplace insurer has almost doubled in the past six years.

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Public servant departure tipped to cost Woden $5m annually

At least 2100 public servants are expected to leave Woden, hurting the local economy.

Henry Belot   Woden business group say loss of thousands of public servants could cripple the town centre.

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Public service strikes to hit airports

Senator Eric Abetz, the minister assisting the prime minister for the public service.

Phillip Thomson   Public servants expect to cause disruptions at international airports when taking industrial action next week.

'Avoid Lloyd': Public service leakers to hit media

secrets

Phillip Thomson   Whistleblower leader says no point going to the Australian Public Service Commission.

'We are failing': Public servants on notice

Digital Transformation Office CEO Paul Shetler.

Phillip Thomson   'It's not a policy problem, it's a delivery issue': Federal bureaucracy's digital boss calls on public servants to do better.

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ATO hiring policy OK, between consenting adults

Unions cried foul after the ATO went to hire new specialist public servants just months after paying more than 400 employees tens of millions of dollars to leave their jobs in the same area.

Noel Towell    OK for ATO to hire new staff while paying redundancies, but only if its consensual.

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Why public servants shouldn't wear black

Jane Allen at the Diana Ferrari store in Woden Plaza.

Phillip Thomson   And the one garment Commonwealth staff want to wear at work that they shouldn't.

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Retired public servants now owed $110 billion

The cost of pensions for retired public servants may be understated.

Noel Towell   Unfunded debt now out to $110 billion as public servants play it smarter with their retirements.

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Thousand caught in tax time nightmare

Up to 7000 taxpayers are still waiting on their returns.

Noel Towell   Thousands of tax returns trapped in bureaucratic limbo.

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Social Services' empty office grenade

 Employers were found to have  a negative view of younger tertiary-educated workers who changed jobs frequently. For  older workers, job hopping was not viewed as dimly.

Phillip Thomson   DSS is on track to release swathes of space onto real estate market.

ATO's unforced error puts Novak and Rafa out of business in straight sets

Done it: Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the Wimbledon title against Roger Federer.

Noel Towell   Tennis superstars - along with thousands of small businesses - have fallen victim to an over zealous tax office.

So hot right now: say goodbye to public service cubicles

Hot-desking is becoming popular in private and public sector offices.

Noel Towell   Lego, breakout pods and "the oasis"; say hello to a new kind of public service office

Pay olive branch offered to 35,000 public servants

Go slow: DHS workers to  take action.

Noel Towell   Union not impressed as bosses offer more pay and back down on conditions in bid to break impasse.

Biggest APS executive exodus in three decades

Immigration Department head Michael Pezzullo. Thirty senior executives from the department have left since June 2014.

Noel Towell   Dozens of public service bosses vote with their feet after department takeover. 

Canberra public service run by 'white blokes'

PM&C secretary Michael Thawley.

Phillip Thomson   Older white men running the public service as part of industrial relations and deregulation 'agenda'.

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Striking public servants deny boat blame

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Noel Towell   But union concedes "in-port" disruption to Border Force Fleet as pay dispute rumbles on

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Airservices manager jailed over tax fraud

Christopher Knaus   Senior Air Services manager sentenced to jail for defrauding tax office of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Public servant's $67,000 massage bill knocked back

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal said the massage therapy was not reasonable for treatment.

Noel Towell    "Not reasonable" for taxpayers to foot $67,000 bill for massages ex-public servant with post traumatic stress disorder

'Significant pressure' from DFAT-AusAid merger

Mixed picture: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary Peter Varghese says the survey shows some improvements.

Phillip Thomson   AusAID merger still hurts elite department, but secretary says things are improving.

Canberra's standard of living plummets

Public service cuts have impacted on Canberra's standard of living, according to a new report.

Noel Towell   Public service cuts send Canberra households nearly $700 backwards.

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Public servants pay beef to hit meat industry

CPSU secretary Nadine Flood: meat inspectors and vets feel they have no choice but to strike.

Noel Towell   Meat inspectors, vets from Agriculture Department planning to walk off the job

Indigenous businesses take on Canberra

News. At the National Portrait Gallery, an expo was in progress in
support of the Federal Government's Indigenous Procurement Policy.
Stall holder, "Gilimbaa", an indigenous creative agency had three of
its management on hand to answer questions. From left, Monique Proud,
project manager, David Williams, CEO and Amanda Lear, managing
director. July21st 2015 The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

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Phillip Thomson   Commonwealth contracts can look daunting in size, but smaller players are about to have a crack.

PS Commissioner spent thousands to catch whistleblower

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd.

Phillip Thomson   Will public service leakers have concerns investigated if they have problems with politicians using incorrect information?

Defence is watching the odometer

 watched as the odometer counted up, thinking that there'd be a clicking sound but there was nothing of the sort.

Phillip Thomson   How a $585k spending spree prompted Defence to crackdown on fuel cards.

Compo bill for hurt Afghans hits $200,000

An Australian flag on a military vehicle in Afghanistan.

Phillip Thomson   The average payment to hurt Afghans is less than many would think.

Doomed culture wars

Even the ability to redirect funds has little effect in battles over 'bias'.

'Hidden' APS job cuts

Thousands more govt jobs are likely to be lost in coming years.

Ebbs and flows of staffing

Which parts of the bureaucracy are likely to start hiring?

ACT's slow bleed goes on

This 'good news' federal budget contains a sting for Canberra.

Intergenerational Report

The Treasury has weakened the entire public service's integrity.

SBS sacking is contestable

An industrial tribunal will care little for the broadcaster's political woes.

Discounting future lives

We can't afford to miscalculate the costs of runaway climate change.

A mockery of due process

Cormann needs to think more deeply about independence.

Are bureaucrats overpaid?

Time for a systemic review of the value of public servants' labour.

ACT's asbestos secrecy

The bizarre approach to telling people which houses may be toxic.

Ludicrous APS pay policy

Linking salaries to productivity at the agency level is bad economics.

Pied Piper of the boomers

Appraisals of Whitlam have been marred by narrow selectivity.

The art of delay

Governments can't put off policy decisions forever.

'Bully boss is killing me'

We put your workplace woes to an executive coach.

'Spy' who didn't shag me

Time to withdraw spurious claims against a brilliant public servant.

'Lost faith in my dept'

We put your workplace woes to an executive coach.

Bosses who hate their staff

How our lack of self-awareness hurts others and ourselves.

Risky, gung-ho policy

Bureaucrats should pay heed to Hippocrates: first, do no harm.