With the impending release of the commission of audit and federal budget, job cuts in the public service could total more than 26,000 over the next three years, according to the public servants’ union.
Job cuts to the public service are expected to be recommended in the Commission of Audit, and possibly announced in the budget, but numbers are not known.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) axed 300 positions last week in anticipation of the cuts, and the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) is already on a war footing. It dismissed suggestions the public service is swollen, saying it has grown by 1.9% since 2007 compared to the 7.6% population growth for the same period.
The CPSU national secretary, Nadine Flood, said, based on the government’s estimates of the effects of previous saving measures, such as efficiency dividends, 14,000 jobs could go over the next three years and the Coalition was still committed to a further 12,000 by natural attrition.
She said while she had not seen the interim Commission of Audit report, the CPSU was bracing for recommendations of further job cuts.
“The public service is under enormous pressure after previous savings measures and it simply cannot handle further cuts,” she said.