Australia used to have the most secure, reliable jobs in the world

Whether it’s casual jobs with fewer rights, fixed term contracts or labour hire arrangements that undercut pay and conditions for all, insecure work is a serious problem in our community.

In the public sector, 1 in 4 jobs are fixed term, casual or labour hire.

Workers in insecure jobs often have no access to paid leave, can’t plan their lives and have less money to spend in the local economy.

The new Labor Government has announced a plan to rebuild the Australian Public Service

Labor has committed to:

  • Abolish the Coalition Government’s arbitrary staffing cap (ASL cap) allowing agencies to hire staff directly instead of through expensive labour hire arrangements which cost taxpayers more and pay workers less. Scrapping the staffing cap will benefit taxpayers, workers, and public service capability.
  • Reduce wasteful spending on external private labour and conduct an audit of employment within the APS and, as a model employer, take steps to create more secure employment where temporary forms of work are being used inappropriately. This will include converting labour hire, casual or contract roles into ongoing APS jobs.
  • Reinvest nearly $500 million as part of the first phase of rebuilding capability in the public service – including 1,080 new secure frontline service delivery jobs at Services Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the National Disability Insurance Agency which will improve the delivery of services to Australians.

These commitments didn’t happen by accident

Thousands of CPSU members worked hard to build community and political support to tackle insecure work and outsourcing in the APS. Together, we made this happen.

We are now getting to work to ensure the new Government's commitments are delivered and implemented in a way that works for you.

It’s a big and exciting agenda for our union, but it’s one we are ready for. To do this we need your support.

If you are not already a member, work with us by joining the CPSU

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