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$377 million on TVSPs – yet 2160 more public servants

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said Budget documents confirmed the Weatherill Government has spent $377 million on targeted voluntary separation packages (TVSPs) while failing spectacularly on its promise to reduce public service numbers.

This is another stunning example of the financial mismanagement and incompetence of Premier Weatherill and Treasurer Koutsantonis.


Budget papers show that between November 2010 and April 2015 the Weatherill Government spent $377.6 million in TVSPs for 3268 public servants. In addition $18.4 million was spent on every termination of 112 public servant executives.


The Auditor General has reported that the average cost of 2013/14 for each TVSP was $120,000 and some public servants received up to two years’ salary to leave. 


However figures produced by the Committee of Public Employment and those outlined in the Budget show there has actually been an increase of 2160 FTE public servants between June 2010 and June 2015!


Mr Weatherill and Mr Koutsantonis need to explain how they can spend $377 million on TVSPs and yet end up increasing the number of public servants by 2160.


The spectacular incompetence of the Weatherill Government in meeting its own budget target is shown by the following estimates for public sector numbers for June 2015.


Estimates for public sector numbers at June 2015: (FTE)


13/14 Budget                        77643            

13/14 MYBR                         79591

14/15 Budget                        80018

14/15 MYBR                         81814

15/16 Budget                        81665

Increase                                 + 4022


“Put simply the numbers of public servants in June 2015 will now be 4022 higher than the budget estimates they made only two years ago,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas.


“Contrary to Government spin it is also clear there hasn’t been an increase of 4022 police, doctors, nurses and teachers since June 2013.


“It is now clear what the Weatherill Government was paying millions to shove public servants out the front door at the same time we know public servants were being hired and let in the back door!


“This is yet another example of waste and financial mismanagement at a time when the Government is closing down the Repat Hospital and cutting Emergency Department sections.”