Bligh wants 250 senior PS officers replaced by school leavers

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Bligh wants 250 senior PS officers replaced by school leavers

The Queensland Government wants up to 250 senior public servants to voluntarily retire so they can be replaced with graduates or school leavers in front line services on a ‘jobs for jobs’ basis.

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The Queensland Government wants up to 250 senior public servants to voluntarily retire so they can be replaced with graduates or school leavers in front line services on a ‘jobs for jobs’ basis.
 
Premier Anna Bligh said the replacement workers would be in jobs such as child safety officers, customer service workers and school support staff.
 
She said that senior executives and senior officers in corporate support and business support roles were being offered the opportunity to put their hand up in the scheme with letters being sent this week to eligible staff.
 
No forced redundancies
 
‘There are no forced redundancies. This is a voluntary scheme approved by the Australian Tax Office,’ Bligh said.
 
‘For each senior executives and senior officer who accepts the offer and retires early, their department will redirect resources to create a new graduate or school leaver level job in service delivery.'
 
‘So for every senior officer who accepts the offer and retires early, the department will create an additional front line service delivery job such as a paramedic or disability services staff.'
 
Replacement jobs
 
‘When the final positions for voluntary retirement have been identified we will be in a position to indentify the replacement jobs.'
 
‘These jobs will be in addition to already committed job growth in front line service delivery.‘
 
The Corporate support and business support roles that are eligible include jobs in the areas of finance, human resources, information management, information technology, assets and facilities, communications, marketing, law, planning, policy, internal audit, evaluation, review, performance management and reporting and executive administration.
 
Save taxpayer money
 
Bligh said the scheme was expected to cost between $20 million and $27 million.
 
‘But because it involves senior people leaving and junior people being employed at the front line it will pay for itself within two years and ultimately save the taxpayer a lot of money,’ she said.
 
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