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Public service agencies spend millions on labour hire as workload grows

Doug Dingwall
By Doug Dingwall
May 16 2021 - 2:00pm
Finance Minister Simon Birmingham on the day the federal budget was released. He says there is an important place for labour hire in the public service's work. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong.

Federal agencies are spending tens of millions of dollars and employing hundreds of labour hire workers as staffing caps imposed by the government stop them from hiring more public servants, new figures show.

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Doug Dingwall

Doug Dingwall

Public Service Editor

Doug Dingwall is The Canberra Times' Public Service Editor. He writes about government and federal politics, and edits The Public Sector Informant. He has an interest in integrity and industrial relations. Previously he worked at The Examiner in Launceston, where he won a Tasmanian Human Rights Award in 2016 for his reporting. Contact him on doug.dingwall@canberratimes.com.au

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