Annual Report 1986/1987 Public Service Commissioner for the Northern Territory
Tabled Paper 390
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53 STATE OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY PUBLIC SECTOR Important aspects of the state of the Northern Territory public sector can be seen through trends in growth and decline, and issues such as distribution of the workforce, male and female staff turnover, recruitment and cessations. An analysis of its different aspects enables an understanding to be gained of the Northern Territory public sector as a whole. The purpose of this part of the Annual Report is to present a balanced summary and synthesis of the condition of the Northern Territory public sector permitted by available evidence. For the purpose of this Report, "public sector" includes those Northern Territory Government departments and statutory corporations in Table 2 and their employees. Growth Trends; Table 1 and figure 1 show the trends in growth in the Northern Territory public sector, seen against growth in the labour force (ie, persons employed and registered for employment) , persons employed and total population of the Northern Territory since 1979. The Northern Territory public sector labour force has grown some 16 per cent over the eight year period since 19 79 , an average growth rate of 2.0 per cent per year. The population of the Territory has increased by 35 per cent over the same period whilst the Territory labour force has increased by 47 per cent. In the period 1986/87, there was a 1.8 per cent growth in the Northern Territory labour force and a 3.8 per cent growth in the Northern Territory population. This contrasts with a 2.6 per cent decrease in the size of the Northern Territory public sector, this being in line with the Government's policy to cut back and streamline the public sector. The total number of staff employed in the public sector as at June 1987 was 15 161 which represents a decrease of approximately 340 since 30 June 1986. This decrease in the size of the public sector, and a 2.6 per cent increase in the number of people employed in the Northern Territory indicated that an increasing proportion of the labour force is entering the private sector. Distribution of the Northern Territory Public Sector Workforce; During 1986/87, the two biggest departments in the public sector remained Education and Health and Community Services, employing over half of the staff between them. A second group of medium sized departments, employing between 500 and 2000 staff, consisted of Transport and Works, Police, Industries and Development, Lands and Housing, and the Power and Water Authority. Eighteen of the twenty five departments and
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