The latest Victorian Public Sector Commission report, State of the Public Service Victoria, shows that Daniel Andrews has created two Victorias with a huge growth in public servants in Melbourne but precious little for regional Victoria.
Victoria’s ballooning bureaucracy has grown by over 30% in less than four years – with more than 28,000 people in the public service now working for the Andrews Labor Government.
The incredible growth in government staff – most spread across seven departments – is largely contained to Melbourne.
In Benambra, we have seen Wodonga TAFE numbers trimmed by 20%, almost 100 staff, compared to the Premier’s spin machine, Department of Premier and Cabinet, almost doubled to more than 1000 staff.
Staffing at Albury-Wodonga Health has increased by just 2% against a backdrop of a population increase since 2014 in the two cities of almost 7%.
This is a common theme to what is occurring in regional Victoria.
Since the Premier for Melbourne was elected in 2014, two-thirds of the public sector organisations with staff cuts have come from regional Victoria or undertake functions primarily for regional Victoria.
Catchment Management Authorities, health services, Dairy Food Safety Victoria, water corporations, and the Game Management Authority are examples of organisations with staff reductions since Daniel Andrews became Premier.
These numbers are indisputable proof that Daniel Andrews and Labor do not really care about regional Victoria.
This growth in bureaucratic pen pushers instead of more staff on frontline services like teachers, doctors and other healthcare workers is more proof that this Labor Government can’t manage money.
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