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Annual Report 1986/1987 Public Service Commissioner for the Northern Territory



Annual Report 1986/1987 Public Service Commissioner for the Northern Territory

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Tabled Paper 390


Tabled Papers for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT






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14 PERSONNEL SERVICES Personnel Services Division together with Industrial Relations is monitoring the implementation of the streamlining procedures in the Australian Public Service to determine the relevance and appropriateness of measures taken for the Northern Territory Public Service. A Task Force on Centralisation of Management Services was established and in its review examined the efficiency of current practices and the potential to amalgamate/centralise management services functions. The report of the Task Force is due for finalisation in November 1987. The General Orders are being rewritten to bring them up to date. The first two sections were distributed late June 1987. Recruitment As part of the specific cost cutting measures, the maximum staffing allocations (MSA's) of all departments were held at existing levels, and a general freeze was placed on recruitment to vacancies, with the approval of the Public Service Commissioner required for all recruitment action above the base grade. A listing was made of those designations/employment groups which were specialist positions necessary to maintain government services and these were exempt from recruitment restrictions eg. nurses, teachers and police. Before any position was advertised, the need to fill the position and the manner in which the position was to be filled was reviewed by Chief Executive Officers. All media advertising was subject to the approval of Public Service Commissioner's Office, and was scrutinised in relation to the availability of people within the Service, for transfer/ promotion to such positions. Invalidity Retirements The number of invalidity retirements increased in the 1986/87 year. There were seventy one retirements in total, comprising forty males (56 per cent) and thirty one females (44 percent). Prime causes in invalidity retirement were back and spinal problems (24 per cent), and anxiety, stress and depression (18.3 per cent). The following table shows the comparative number of retirements (including those involving compensation) for the past three years. INVALIDITY RETIREMENTS 1985 TO 1987 TOTAL INV. RETIREMENTS 79 65 71 PERCENT INCREASE/ DECREASE COMPENSATION CASES 1984/85 1985/86 1986/87 + 12.9% - 17.7% + 9.2% 10 (1 2 .2%) 11 (15.3%) 18 (25.5%)

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