5000 public servants to go in NSW Budget

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5000 public servants to go in NSW Budget

The NSW Government will offer voluntary redundancy to 5000 public servants as part of its plan to fund a budget deficit, the Treasurer Mike Baird announced in his Budget today.

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The NSW Government will offer voluntary redundancy to 5000 public servants, as part of its plan to fund a budget deficit, the Treasurer Mike Baird announced in his Budget today.

But as well as axeing 5000 public servant positions, the government will hire 940 new nurses, 900 teachers and 550 more police.

Baird has forecast a $718 million budget deficit for 2011–12 and budget deficits of $5.319b over the next four years.

Efficiency drive
 
However, there will be $8b of savings over that period, with $2b to come from the 2.5% public service pay cap, and billions more from the 5000 redundancies and an efficiency drive.

The government will shut down the Parramatta, Berrima and Kirkconnell Correctional Centres, leading to the loss of 350 jobs.

Baird also said there would be reform of the Police Death and Disability Scheme which he said ‘in its current form is not sustainable’.

The Budget forecasts that employment growth in New South Wales will slow to just 1% this financial year, rising to 1.75% in 2012–13.

An unemployment rate of 5.25% has been forecast for 2011–12 and 2012–13.
 
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