A NSW parliamentary inquiry has come no closer to explaining the sudden firing of a top public servant which cost taxpayers nearly $500,000.
NSW TAFE managing director Steffen Faurby was suddenly sacked two years into his job in late 2021 under the directive of then-Skills minister Geoff Lee.
The reasons for his termination remain a mystery to Mr Faurby and could not be explained by senior TAFE NSW bureaucrats, education secretary Georgina Harrison and the current skills minister Alister Henskens.
The inquiry from state parliament's education committee, chaired by One Nation MLC Mark Latham, recommended government agency heads should personally be given termination notice by their responsible minister and the reasons why.
It found Mr Lee "lacked decency" for failing to explain why he'd booted Mr Faurby.
Mr Lee refused to front the committee, telling them in writing it would have been inappropriate to make public his reasons for the sacking.
Mr Faurby received a 38-week payout valued at $421,241.27 as well as any remaining leave entitlements.
He had been handpicked by Mr Lee to head TAFE NSW and told the inquiry he had never received any feedback on poor performance.
Mr Faurby was the agency's sixth managing director in six years.
During hearings, Ms Harrison said she had passed on feedback to Mr Faurby about his relationship with Mr Lee that the minister had told her himself in August 2021, but would not elaborate on what that was.
Australian Associated Press
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