Nadine Flood being interviewed after the 2011/12 Budget was released.
For many CPSU members, any Budget night pain had already been felt with the early announcement of an increase to the so-called efficiency dividend.
The efficiency dividend will increase to 1.5 per cent from 1 July, cutting a combined $1.1 billion from the public service in 2011/12 and 2012/13.
The news signalled a hit for many APS agencies, particularly for those who had been cutting staff before the announcement.
“You can’t cut $1.1 billion without losing jobs or services,” CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood said.
The Budget projected that overall staffing levels in the APS would remain the same.
“The truth is that the full impact of this budget will only be felt when agencies begin to implement the efficiency dividend by making cuts to staff and services.”
Early Budget detail
Other Budget decisions will impact individual agencies. Some can chalk up a win, while others will struggle to deliver services and be forced to cut jobs. For others it was a mixed bag.
Australian War Memorial
The AWM will receive $33.9 million over four years in additional resourcing. This will allow the AWM to maintain its current level of activities.
Projected additional 20 jobs or 7.32% increase in staffing levels.
Comcare to receive $14.7 million over two years to implement harmonised OHS laws, which includes $7.1 million in capital funding, to develop legislation, regulations and codes of practice that mirror the model Work Health and Safety package.
AusAID is projected to gain 55 jobs (5.4%) in 2011-12
AusAID’s budget will be increased by funding for various new and existing aid projects through a number of budget measures.
Australian Communications and Media Authority
ACMA is projected to gain 28 jobs (4.6%) in 2011-12
ACMA will receive $3.4 million over two years for a revenue reassurance project as well as funding to assist with the digital television switchover and to develop and monitor standards and codes for the National Broadband Network.
Department of Infrastructure and Transport
DIT will receive $36.762 million in 2011-12 in new budget expense measures for Nation Building and other programs.
Despite a Machinery of Government (MoG) change which shifted the local government "outcome" to Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, the Department will gain 18 jobs overall.
Department of Human Services portfolio
DHS portfolio projected to lose 1,256 jobs in 2011-12
As part of Service Delivery Reform, there will be a new organisational structure for the Human Services portfolio that amalgamates the business operations of Medicare Australia, Centrelink and Child Support Agency and redesigns the way work is managed and distributed. The new business structure will generate savings of $341.3 million over four years.
Department of Health and Ageing
Despite being a key portfolio with new budget measures announced, e.g. mental health, staffing levels will decrease in 2011-12.
Department of Health and Ageing’s restructure will cost 420 jobs over two years.
Administrative changes across the health portfolio will save $53.5 million over four years which will be redirected to other government priorities.
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Despite being a key portfolio in this year’s budget with a number of measures around training, workforce participation and schools, there will be staffing cuts in all areas of DEEWR.
DEEWR is projected to lose 270 jobs in 2011-12 (5.3%) (note – it is still unclear if any of these positions will be moving to the new VET Regulator which is creating 155 jobs).
• The portfolio as a whole is projected to lose 125 jobs in 2011 - 12
Defence will have a net reduction of 1,000 in the overall growth forecast for the civilian Defence workforce over the period 2011‑12 to 2013‑14.
Smaller agencies, particularly cultural agencies will be affected by the increased efficiency dividend
No new Budget measures other than the increased efficiency dividend which has been passed onto agencies such as National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, National Archives of Australia, National Museum of Australia.
NMA projected to lose eight jobs in 2011-12.
NLA projected to lose 12 jobs in 2011-12.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
ASIC projected to lose 155 jobs in 2011-12
CUTS ON CUTS
These Departments are facing cuts on top of the efficiency dividend
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Cuts of $7 million over four years through reduced the administrative costs of grant programs.
Cuts to corporate support, policy and program design and service delivery functions by $198.2 million over four years.
DIAC had an overall increase of 285 jobs, however this included an additional 509 jobs in 'Visa compliance and status resolution'. All other outcomes will receive significant job cuts.
AGD will face additional efficiencies of $2 million over four years.
AGD will lose 39 jobs (2.7%). However, 14 of those positions are due to one of the "outcomes" being transferred to the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.
Despite an overall increase in expenses by $11.993 million in 2011-12 due to new budget measures, the departmental expenses (which fund staff and office supplies) have been reduced by $15.5 million (6.4 %).
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Additional efficiencies of 32.8 million over four years through ‘rationalisation of corporate functions’.
Despite this, there is an overall increase in jobs (+46) and departmental expenses in 2011-12 due to a number of other budget measures for DAFF in 2011-12.