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Ministerial Statement Reform of the Power and Water Authority Six months on



Ministerial Statement Reform of the Power and Water Authority Six months on

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Tabled paper 1301


Tabled Papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Barry Coulter


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3 will occur without forced redundancies and the trend suggests this will not be difficult. A voluntary redundancy program is currently underway within PAWA which targets positions that have been identified as surplus to the Authoritys business needs. To date 23 staff have sought, been offered and subsequently have accepted voluntary redundancy. These redundancies have been funded out of the Authoritys cash balances as a commercial investment. A further 39 enquiries have been received and are being dealt with. Of the 23 approved to date, three have been executive contract officers, seven were in the technical structure, three in the professional structure and two in the administrative structure. The net impact of redundancies on the Authoritys establishment is the abolition of the position occupied by any person made voluntarily redundant. The full year effect of the 23 redundancies processed to date is a saving of $1.13 million per annum in salaries and further costs. While there are no immediate savings in transferring staff to other departments, PAWA will be looking for the outsourcing arrangements to DCIS to deliver significant cost savings through greater economies of scope and scale. Mr Speaker, staff reductions are necessary for the survival of the Authority but do cause some pain and disruption for the people involved. The process requires clear communication with them. In accordance with the Authoritys obligations under the NTPS 2000 enterprise bargaining agreement, a joint union/management reform implementation working group has been established' to consult widely with staff on reform matters. 3