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Question On Notice No. 521 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 December 2017 by Hon Colin De Grussa

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment
Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question


I refer to the offer for staff to take up voluntary redundancies across the State's Parks and Wildlife Service within the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and I ask:

(a) to date, how many staff have elected to take a voluntary redundancy;
(b) from what division and district office within the department did each of the staff in (a) come from; and
(c) what salary classification level was each of the positions and what was respective redundancy payout figure?
Answered on 27 March 2018

(a)-(c) The Voluntary Targeted Separation Scheme (VTSS) is a Budget repair tool to assist agencies in meeting Machinery-of-Government (MoG) savings resulting from the amalgamation of a number of government departments as well as assist in achieving workforce renewal by enabling agencies to retain 20 per cent of the savings. The VTSS is open to all general government employees, though priority is being given to agencies impacted by the MoG changes (which took effect from 1 July 2017).

Agencies are currently working with the Public Sector Commission to progress the scheme via individual expression of interest (EOI) processes. The agency EOIs are currently at various stages, with all exits expected to occur by 30 June 2018. Progress will be reported to Cabinet during the 2018-19 Budget process, with the aim of achieving the 3000 separations and reflecting the actual savings and costs from the VTSS in the 2018-19 Budget.