Budget Paper No5 Northern Territory Economy 1998/99
Tabled Paper 382
Tabled papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Michael Reed
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been rising in real terms over the past two years due to the expenditure on projects such as the new East Arm Port, and the need to provide infrastructure and services for a population which is growing faster than the Australian average. It is expected that government total outlays will stabilise, especially as the Territory Government has a fiscal target to not increase recurrent outlays in real per capita terms. ABS estimates of public sector employed wage and salary earners (excluding defence personnel) for September 1997 show that the public sector accounts for 23 200, or 31.6%, of employed wage and salary earners in the Territory. This comprised 16 100 Territory public servants, 3 600 Commonwealth public servants (down slightly on 1996 levels due to recent Commonwealth cutbacks) and 3 500 local government employees. The figure for Local Government has increased significantly, reflecting the growing number of Aboriginal Associations now incorporating under the Local Government Act. There was a rationalisation in the number of public servants employed by the Northern Territory Public Sector in the early 1990s as part of the Expenditure Review Committee. Recently, there has been a reduction of Commonwealth employees in the Territory due to Commonwealth budget cutbacks, as shown in Figure 15.1. The Northern Territory Government has implemented several micro-economic reform initiatives. The most significant of these reforms is the implementation of a process of commercialisation for those activities classified as Government Business Divisions (GBDs). The GBD classification was established as part of the Financial Management Act 1995 and incorporates those Government activities which have the capacity to recoup a significant proportion of their operating costs through user charges. It includes those activities which sell goods to the general public, as well as activities which sell 84 Northern Territory Economy 0 5 10 15 20 25 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Northern Territory Commonwealth Local '000 persons Figure 15.1 PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT (As at September) Source: ABS Cat. No. 6248.0
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