Labour standards and practice

Staffing Cutbacks in SA Public Sector 2010

Client:  Public Service Association of South Australia

In 2009, the South Australian government announced it would be cutting public sector employees by 1600 over the next three years. The staffing reductions were justified in part by targeting administrative staff, implying that this would prevent or at least minimise impact on actual service delivery to the public.
The proposition advanced by the SA Government - that by concentrating cuts on so called back office administrative staff, the cuts will not affect services  finds no support in this research. Public service delivery tends to be teamed-based, and therefore neat demarcations between service delivery and administrative staff are both difficult and inappropriate. The research concludes that the proposed cutbacks will have a significant impact on the services delivered to the South Australian public.