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Budget APS redundancies just the start of new outsourcing jobs cull

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The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has gone into overdrive in the wake of the Federal Budget, warning that another wave of federal job shedding is just around the corner thanks to the confirmation of a policy of strongly pursuing outsourcing to the private sector.

Although specific numbers remain largely elusive, the release Tuesday’s documents confirmed that the Abbott government is planning a massive “third wave” of agency abolitions, amalgamations and downsizings that are now expected to be revealed by the end of the year.

the biggest hits are likely to be to so-called back office administration functions that are set for either consolidation or outsourcing

Treasurer Joe Hockey and Finance Minister Joe Hockey had been widely expected to spell out a more definitive roadmap for both machinery of government changes and asset liquidations.

However the Coalition’s first Budget opted for slower approach to taking on board the recommendations of the Commission of Audit, including the divestment of Defence Housing Australia, the Royal Australian Mint, Australian Hearing and the registry functions of ASIC, that are now being put to scoping studies.

While the asset sales are an appealing short term financial option, the biggest hits are likely to be to so-called back office administration functions that are set for either consolidation or outsourcing.

To read more http://www.governmentnews.com.au/2014/05/budget-aps-redundancies-cull-just-entree-new-outsourcing-jobs-cull-warns-cpsu/
May 19, 2014
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