Archive for the ‘Public Service’ Category

The cost of change

Posted: 4:00 pm on 26th April 2015

Remember when it cost the Australian taxpayer $195,000 to change the name of the then Department of Immigration and Citizenship to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection? Well, after the 2013 federal election, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry decided to get in on the action, shortening its name to just the Department of Agriculture. The change was part of an admirable – in WasteWatch’s opinion – move…

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Big Day Out

Posted: 3:59 pm on 24th April 2015

“The world is a book,” St. Augustine once said, “and those who do not travel, read only one page.” The new grads at the Department of Human Services must be pretty busy reading then. See, DHS recently spent $13,200 of your money on “coach hire for graduate events in Canberra.” The DHS website proudly trumpets that, as part of the graduate employment program, grads will have access to many professional development opportunities, a…

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Doing a mint job

Posted: 9:21 am on 8th April 2015

 Know your notaphily from your scripophily? Comfortable around exonumists? You would have been a hit at a recent dinner party, then. See, the Royal Australian Mint threw a dinner back at the end of February to celebrate… itself.  More specifically, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The hoi polloi of the numismatic community rubbed shoulders in a shindig so fancy that it was covered by the social pages. Here’s the bad news…

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Some serious retail therapy

Posted: 1:56 pm on 30th March 2015

 Maybe it’s because Anthony Albanese’s been etching his opposition to data retention laws into the backs of all the chairs, just to make sure EVERYBODY knows it. Or maybe it’s because Tony Abbott’s onion breath has finally become too strong. Or maybe it’s just because of all the (policy) back-flips going on. All we know is that something is wearing out the furniture in the House of Representatives quicker than you can…

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Macrowaste on Microsoft

Posted: 10:56 am on 16th February 2015

Woops! You may recall back in October we brought news of 369 tablets sitting unused in the Department of Human Services just waiting to be re-homed. Well, unfortunately it appears that those at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau don’t read WasteWatch otherwise they could perhaps have saved themselves some money. A contract published in January shows that $19,514.77 was spent on procuring Microsoft Surface Pro 3s. It seems communication is a bit of a…

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Some Quality Spending Skills?

Posted: 8:25 am on 9th December 2014

It is a jungle in Canberra and we are not talking about politics and parliament. The jungle we have found is in the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) who is spending $66, 641.04 of taxpayer money over the next 3 years on ‘interior plant landscaping’. We thought the federal budget explained the need for us all to ‘tighten our belt’. Surely this three year contract that works out at just…

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Wasting away

Posted: 8:49 am on 21st October 2014

It seems Government Departments are taking the old saying ‘save it for a rainy day’ a little too literally when it comes to dealing with unallocated electrical equipment. Senate Estimates has revealed the Department of Social Services and the Department of Human Services have been coveting a few resources in their back rooms. Well a few would be an understatement.  The figure is in fact in the thousands. Currently sitting…

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The Parking Madness Continues…….

Posted: 11:56 am on 13th October 2014

Back in July  Wastewatch told you about the possible introduction of public servants having to pay for their parking (heaven forbid!)? Well we now know that most Government Departments have implemented the new parking policy. Public servants in the parliamentary triangle will be paying $12 a day for their parking from October. That is, all except for the Department of Defence. The Canberra Times has revealed that Defence has agreed to subsidise…

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Australian Public Service: the bonus level

Posted: 9:00 am on 23rd July 2014

At a time when the Abbott government has refused pay rises and banned back-pay for new public service enterprise agreements, some lucky mandarins are laughing all the way to the bank. The Rudd-Gillard governments began phasing out the public service bonuses brought in by the Howard government, but they didn’t completely finish the job. Some public servants still get end-of-year bonuses, like many of their private sector counterparts. And a lucky…

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Parking madness

Posted: 10:00 am on 22nd July 2014

The federal government’s decision to introduce paid parking for public servants around Canberra has been met with hostility since it was announced. At first, only the public service was upset. In coming months, it might be the rest of the country seeing red. The original installation and maintenance of the parking meters cost the Australian taxpayer over $2 million. Now it turns out the real cost of the project might be much…

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