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Industrial-strength parking perks at Industry Department

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Noel Towell

The Industry Department is splashing out tens of thousands of dollars for VIP parking in Civic for an elite group of bureaucrats.

As tens of thousands of Canberra public servants face stiff parking charges for the first time in October, Industry has signed a deal with to provide several spaces to several public servants.

The department has paid private firm Secure Parking Limited $80,000 this financial year for parking space at The Canberra Centre for an unspecified number of employees .

The deal comes despite the department’s HQ Industry House, described as “A Smart Building for Smart People” boasting 260 dedicated car spaces.

Car parking is a sore point for many Canberra public servants working in and around the Parliamentary Triangle. They will be slugged with a $13-day- car parking charge by the federal government from October, after enjoying decades of free parking.

Rank-and-file bureaucrats in Civic, who do not have employer-supplied car spaces in their contracts, have been paying for parking - currently up to $15-a-day - for years.

The Industry Department was coy about the Canberra Centre deal and refused to say how many spaces were being rented and how many employees would use them.

“Currently some staff are provided access to parking as part of their employment arrangements with the department,” a spokeswoman said.

“This contract will ensure that there is sufficient parking to meet our obligations to these staff.”

The department would not say what classifications the “staff” were or why they could not be accommodated from the 260 car spaces at Industry House.

“In order to meet the department’s employment arrangements, we have a requirement for parking spaces in addition to those at Industry House,” a spokesman said.

15 comments so far

  • Maybe after over 5-years of occupying the building that the Department has realised that their 3 floors of above-ground parking is dumping heavier-than-air car exhaust fumes (including carbon monoxide) into the walled-in child-care centre directly below. So much for the "no smoking" signs posted at frequent intervals around the building.

    Commenter
    John
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    August 19, 2014, 7:30AM
    • "They will be slugged with a $13-day- car parking charge by the federal government from October." Sorry Noel, have I missed something? First off it was $11.00 a day, then in a later report your said it was $12.00 a day. Now you are saying it is $13.00 a day.It has gone up twice in price before it has even been introduced.

      Commenter
      Grumpyoldfart
      Date and time
      August 19, 2014, 7:42AM
      • A 3000+ department needs more than 260 spaces and this is news? 260 spaces to accomodate EL2's, SES, SES EA's, disabled employees and those who are pregnant and in their 3rd trimester- and visitors too. They've been doing this for years (and FYI most employees pay an amount towards their spot). Considering how poorly we're paid I don't see an issue (oh and I don't get one of these spots, I'm a lowly APS level who will never get this perk and I don't care).

        Commenter
        Maria
        Date and time
        August 19, 2014, 8:01AM
        • The issue is that only the fat cats get them, while everyone else takes a pay cut to arrange their own.

          Commenter
          John
          Date and time
          August 19, 2014, 9:37AM
      • I think they have got a really good deal. $13 x 5 days times 260 places equals just shy of $17,000 per week so $80K pa is excellent value for the tax payer. Well done Industry.

        Commenter
        Jane2
        Date and time
        August 19, 2014, 8:34AM
        • And so the enormous gulf between the Senior Executive Service and the workers continues to widen. The pay difference is already massive, around $50k minimum. The Club knows how to look after itself..

          Commenter
          Barry
          Date and time
          August 19, 2014, 9:02AM
          • +1. It's no surprise that they don't publish the salaries in SES job advertisements. Highly opaque.

            Commenter
            Jemima
            Date and time
            August 19, 2014, 9:23AM
          • Certainly does. The higher you are the tighter you are!

            Commenter
            Deutsch
            Location
            Canberra
            Date and time
            August 19, 2014, 12:47PM
        • Given that staff at all levels of that department earn around 20% less than their counterparts at other departments, and that those with a car park pay a fee for their parking (I believe it is around $4 to $5 per day), there is nothing unreasonable about this. Also as noted in another comment, $80,000 is a very good deal for this number of car parks. It's a lot cheaper than making up even a fraction of the pay gap between this and other departments for all employees. Surely it's reasonable as part of workplace agreements for staff to enjoy benefits such as this and receive less pay than others...

          Commenter
          Nathan
          Date and time
          August 19, 2014, 10:00AM
          • I understand that Department of Industry staff who have a space in that building, personally pay an amount towards the cost of provision of that space. As one of the lowest paid Departments in the public service, the provision of a car space for senior staff who work outside the bandwidth hours and use their vehicle to attend meetings etc, would go somewhat towards the inequity of the pay scale. I say 'bravo' to the dedication of Industry staffers.

            Commenter
            Bob
            Date and time
            August 19, 2014, 10:42AM

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