2019 Pre-election budget

Read the CPSU's pre-budget submission here.

 

At a glance:

In coming days CPSU members will receive updates on the impact of the Budget in your agency. What follows here is a brief overview of significant service-wide issues.

Staffing changes by agency:

While the Budget papers may indicate an increase in overall ASL (excluding military and reserves), the figures can be misleading without reference to staffing figures in past Budget papers.

The overall ASL (excluding military and reserves) was lower in 2018-19 than it was in 2017-18. It means that a number of agencies are projected to be smaller in 2019-20 than they were in 2017-18, even if they appear to be growing. For example, the projected increase of 688 for the ATO will be less than the decrease of 777 between 2017-18 and 2018-19.

The projected growth of overall ASL (excluding military and reserves) between 2017-18 and 2019-20 is much more modest at 190 and can be accounted for by projected growth in the NDIA by 770 ASL.

Agency 2017-18 (Actual) 2018-19 (Actual) 2019-20 (Estimate) Change from 2017-18 to 2018-19 % change Change from 2018-19 to 2019-20 % change
Department of Human Services 28,587 27,534 27,325 -1,053 -3.7% -209 -0.8%
Australian Taxation Office 18,193 17,416 18,104 - 777 -4.3% 688 4.0%
Department of Defence 17,500 16,010 16,272 - 1,490 -8.5% 262 1.6%
Department of Home Affairs 13,950 14,120 14,545 170 1.2% 425 3.0%
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 5,700 5,613 5,810 - 87 -1.5% 197 3.5%
Australian Federal Police 6,300 6,459 6,771 159 2.5% 312 4.8%
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 5,063 5,190 5,193 127 2.5% 3 0.1%
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources 4,594 4,657 4,440 63 1.4% - 217 -4.7%
Australian Broadcasting Corporation 4,111 4,180 4,130 69 1.7% - 50 -1.2%
Department of Health 4,346 4,058 3,799 - 288 -6.6% - 259 -6.4%
National Disability Insurance Launch Transition Agency 2,460 3,138 3,230 678 27.6% 92 2.9%
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2,556 2,429 2,562 - 127 -5.0% 133 5.5%
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science 2,320 2,303 2,456 - 17 -0.7% 153 6.6%
Department of Social Services 2,002 2,085 2,122 83 4.1% 37 1.8%
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 2,033 2,057 2,065 24 1.2% 8 0.4%
Department of Environment and Energy 1,980 1,995 2,007 15 0.8% 12 0.6%
Australian Securities and Investments Commission 1,749 1,853 2,002 104 5.9% 149 8.0%
Department of Jobs and Small Business 1,965 1,983 1,999 18 0.9% 16 0.8%
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 1,777 1,850 1,957 73 4.1% 107 5.8%
Department of Education and Training 1,817 1,786 1,753 - 31 -1.7% - 33 -1.8%
Department of Veterans' Affairs 1,880 1,723 1,615 - 157 -8.4% - 108 -6.3%
Department of Infrastructure & Reg Devlpt and Cities 964 894 890 - 70 -7.3% - 4 -0.4%
National Archives of Australia 365 355 345 - 10 -2.7% - 10 -2.8%
Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority 66 65 59 - 1 -1.5% - 6 -9.2%
ASL excluding military and reserves 166,572 165,491 166,762 - 1,081 -0.6% 1,271 0.8%

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