Total APS job cuts too difficult to predict for Public Service Commission

By Julian Bajkowski The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has released its annual stocktake of the federal bureaucracy with the grim warning that it is now “difficult to predict” how the cumulative impact of successive rounds of job cuts under both the Coalition and Labor will hit staff numbers. Tabled in Parliament on Monday afternoon, […]

Warning of one public service job an hour axed from Canberra

By Julian Bajkowski Commonwealth employees have been warned that one public service job an hour will be axed under the Coalition’s plans to reduce the size of the federal bureaucracy by 12,000 full time positions as unions and the Opposition tap into growing fears in agencies that forced redundancies will be needed to make up […]

Abbott reaffirms 12,000 Commonwealth jobs to go

By Julian Bajkowski Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott has used his Budget reply speech to reaffirm a previous promise to eliminate 12,000 Commonwealth jobs from the public service if elected. The recommitment to slash public service positions comes just one night after Treasurer Wayne Swan allayed fears of mass redundancies by announcing that only around […]

Orchestrating a happy ending

By Blair McPherson How you leave an organisation is as important as how you start a new job. A good ending is not only satisfying it puts your time into perspective and determines what you feel and what you say about the organisation you have left. In a period of ‘down sizing’ through redundancies and […]

Staff funding forces redundancy rethink

By Rachel Borchardt   Amalgamated councils struggling with climbing staff costs will have their chance at Queensland’s major local government conference this week to discuss bringing forward redundancies to cope with the financial strain. Changes to the Local Government Act have banned forced redundancies linked to amalgamations until March 2011, following the widescale council mergers […]

The risks of redundancies

“You’re not actually being more efficient or effective. You’re just burning yourself out,” warns psychologist Meredith Fuller. Image: iStock By Angela Dorizas Taking the axe to jobs can cause turmoil within an organisation and lead to greater inefficiencies, psychologists have warned. In the wake of a restructure, it is not uncommon for “survivors” to feel […]

Cut executive pay to prevent job losses, says HR expert

By Angela Dorizas Public sector organisations can prevent restructures and job losses through a range of cost cutting measures, including flexible work modes, executive level pay cuts and voluntary redundancies. That’s the advice of human resources consultant and Chandler Macleod executive general manager David Reynolds. “Before you embark on a whole cost-cutting exercise you need […]


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