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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Delivering on Renewal of the Queensland Public Service

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Friday, October 02, 2009

    Delivering on Renewal of the Queensland Public Service


    A new job for a job scheme to replace corporate staff roles with front line staff such as child safety officers, customer service workers and school support staff has been launched by the Queensland Government.

    Premier Anna Bligh has said that under the scheme up to 250 senior public servants will be given the chance to voluntarily retire from the Queensland Public Service creating new employment opportunities for young people in entry level front line service delivery roles.

    “After the election I announced major changes to the Queensland Government in order to provide better services to Queenslanders,” she said.

    “As part of these changes, 23 departments were streamlined into 13 creating efficiencies in corporate services and support roles.

    “I said at the time that I wanted to renew the Queensland public service and redirect resources to the front line and this scheme helps deliver on that commitment.”

    The Premier 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.

    “There are no forced redundancies. This is a voluntary scheme approved by the Australian Tax Office,” she 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 everyone 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.

    “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 which 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.

    The Premier said that the scheme was expected to cost between $20 million and $27 million.

    “But because it involve 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.

    “My government is taking this direction so that we can meet our commitment to job growth while at the same time redirecting the jobs to the front line to make the most difference to the lives of Queenslanders,” she said.

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