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Transcript of Interview Ms Martin/Mr Reed/Ms Vamourie with Ms Christensen 8DDD ABC Darwin Drive Time dated 27 November 2001



Transcript of Interview Ms Martin/Mr Reed/Ms Vamourie with Ms Christensen 8DDD ABC Darwin Drive Time dated 27 November 2001

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5 Reporter: Ram Vamourie was just talking about the lack of accountability or his concerns about the accountability of the public service and the CEOs when they go about reducing their costs. How will you guarantee that service delivery is maintained with the expectation that CEO's reduce their cost by 4%? MARTIN: I said three things to our CEO's and now that we have these much larger Departments we have CEO's who have much greater responsibilities, I've said three thing to CEOs, we've adjusted the base of many of the agencies fundings because we saw it dramatically under funded by the previous administration and health particularly so we've adjusted those bases to they're much more realistic. They recognise the growth that is going to happen and growth over the next three years will be at three and a half percent and what I've said to CEO's, you keep within those budgets, that you will be makings those savings and those savings will be done without compromising the service delivery. In fact I want improved service delivery and without compromising the morale of staff and providing those key opportunities for staff as well. Reporter: How can that be done without job cuts? I mean, you've guaranteed there will be no job cuts but isn't it going to be tempting for the CEOs to say OK this is the way that to cut our costs we'll get rid of some of these jobs? MARTIN: First thing I ran over the last couple of weeks, workshops for CEO's and senior management about how to work smarter in Government, how to work more efficiently. There will be no forced redundancies, there will be no program of voluntary redundancies, there are no job loss targets set. Nothing like that. We do have a 10% attrition rate in the Territory public sector and it will be up to CEO's to manage that but what I am concentrating on is service delivery so that is of paramount importance and the CEO's will have to manage within their budget allocations and they've got much more flexibility within those budget allocations. We use to have budget allocations that said you could spend X amount on something, Y on something else. Now we're giving them a total appropriation, a total sum of money and saying set your priorities there in terms of what this Government is about, deliver on those and make sure your staffs happy. Reporter: Natural attrition of 10% on 14000 public services means we could see 1000 jobs go each year. This transcript is taken from a tape recording, and freedom from errors, omissions or misunderstandings cannot be guaranteed.

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