Budget signals end of pain: Nicholls
Treasurer Tim Nicholls delivers his first state budget, saying 14,000 public service jobs will go but that will be "the extend of the fiscal repair task", as he boosts health funding and hikes mining taxes.PT2M22S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-25pt0 620 349 September 11, 2012
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More than 4100 Queensland Health employees would be paid redundancies, the Newman government revealed as it detailed the 14,000 public service jobs to go in one of the largest-ever transformations of the state's public service.
Separately, about 500 jobs will be cut from Queensland Rail, while the rail operator's senior management levels will be reduced.
Queensland Health staff will be hit hard in staff cuts handed down in today's budget.
These job cuts were not spelt out in today’s budget papers as Queensland Rail is one of the state’s government-owned corporations and is not classed as a department.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson this afternoon announced the government planned to reduce Queensland Rail’s corporate and support areas by around 500 personnel and cut the number of executive and general manager positions from 77 to 32.
Hundreds of job cuts would be achieved through voluntary redundancy payments and winding back contractors, he said.
Treasurer Tim Nicholls outlines his first state budget. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Mr Emerson said Queensland Rail would start consultation with the employees and unions on the proposal immediately.
“I want to work with unions to hear their ideas of where we can identify savings in Queensland Rail to make it more reliable, frequent, and affordable,” Mr Emerson said in a statement.
The announcement came after budget papers showed 10,600 Queensland public servants would be offered redundancies, while a total of 14,000 public service positions set to go.
This does not include job losses at Queensland Rail, where only an estimated savings figure of $117 million by 2014-15 is shown in the budget papers.
The reason for the difference between the 10,600 public service redundancies and 14,000 positions being cut is that not everyone leaves with a payout.
The extra job losses will come from government not filling vacant positions and from temporary and contract staff whose contracts are about to end.
The smaller figure of more than 2700 Health Department jobs to be lost announced on Friday was a "net" figure after some new jobs were filled, officials at the budget media briefing explained today.
The 10,600 redundancies will cost the government $800 million and after paying for redundancies the move allows savings of $3.7 billion over the next four years.
Treasurer Tim Nicholls said Labor had let the public service grow as a form of "economic stimulus".
Mr Nicholls said this "perpetrated a myth" on the public service, but "also on the people of Queensland".
"Anybody who thinks the government wanted to take this path is grievously mistaken," he said.
"They don't really know me, they don't really know the Premier and they don't know this government."
The other big cuts comes from the merger of QBuild and Project Services, where 1054 full-time equivalent jobs will go.
Overall, 1425 full-time equivalent staff will be offered redundancies, with Housing and Public Works Minister Bruce Flegg estimating the job cuts would save "around $120 million a year".
"I can confirm that amalgamating the two units will result in a reduction of around 550 positions from the current QBuild workforce and a reduction of approximately 350 positions from the current Project Services workforce," he said.
"In addition, there are approximately 150 vacant positions across the two workforces that will not be filled."
The result of the merger was a commercialised entity "to progressively increase the outsourcing of services to the private sector", Dr Flegg said.
Redundancies announced today by portfolio:
Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Multicultural Affairs
- Redundancies: 15
- Staff remaining: 363
- Staff as at June 30: 381
Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry
- Redundancies: 450
- Staff remaining: 1948
- Staff as at June 30: 2617
Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
- Redundancies: 385
- Staff remaining: 6045
- Staff as at June 30: 6908
- Redundancies: 345
- Staff remaining: 10,579
- Staff as at June 30: 11,004
Education, Training and Employment
- Redundancies: 405
- Staff remaining: 66,204
- Staff as at June 30: 66,725
Energy and Water Supply
- Redundancies: 135
- Staff remaining: 273
- Staff as at June 30: 298
Environment and Heritage Protection
- Redundancies: 220
- Staff remaining: 1117
- Staff as at June 30: 1336
- Redundancies: 4140
- Staff remaining: 66,100
- Staff as at June 30: 69,003*
Housing and Public Works
- Redundancies: 1425
- Staff remaining: 3989
- Staff as at June 30: 5448
Justice and Attorney General
- Redundancies: 510
- Staff remaining: 4715
- Staff as at June 30: 6103
- Redundancies: 15
- Staff remaining: 105
- Staff as at June 30: 120
- Redundancies: 130
- Staff remaining: 1329
- Staff as at June 30: 1382
Natural Resources and Mines
- Redundancies: 360
- Staff remaining: 2444
- Staff as at June 30: 2756
- Redundancies: 215
- Staff remaining: 14,978
- Staff as at June 30: 14,677
Premier and Cabinet (includes ministerial and opposition offices, shared services and CITEC)
- Redundancies: 45
- Staff remaining: 621
- Staff as at June 30: 646
Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
- Redundancies: 110
- Staff remaining: 1895
- Staff as at June 30: unprovided
State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
- Redundancies: 145
- Staff remaining: 800
- Staff as at June 30: 995
Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
- Redundancies: 15
- Staff remaining: 107
- Staff as at June 30: 123
Transport and Main Roads
- Redundancies: 1450
- Staff remaining: 7360
- Staff as at June 30: 9166
Treasury and Trade
- Redundancies: 85
- Staff remaining: 1094
- Staff as at June 30: 1127
Additional reporting: Daniel Hurst
* Correction: the figure has been amended.