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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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The group has met six times to the end of April. Eleven issue specific project teams were established to look for savings. While some worthwhile cost savings were identified, much more needs to be done. The group has also undertaken a roadshow across all regions to meet with staff and explain the Governments decisions and the magnitude of the reform agenda. The commitment of the unions to serious reform on work practice issues has yet to be fully tested. Some poor work practices have built in higher costs that m ust be cut out if PAWA is to progress. The high individual earnings associated with excessive callouts and rostering practices mean that the unions and staff are going to have to face up to lower staffing levels or lower wages. It is intended that the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement negotiations that have just commenced will lock in permanent improvements in productivity and provide for ongoing development of efficient work practices and organisational competency. Next, I tu rn to outsourcing. It is managements belief that significant savings can be generated through greater efficiencies in logistics management (that is, stores, motor vehicle fleet, building management etc.) A desktop review has been undertaken by PA Consulting on best practice in logistics management across utilities Australia-wide. The report has highlighted a number of areas that the Authority can target in order to achieve efficiencies.