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NSW treasurer flags public sector job cuts

NSW treasurer Gladys Berejiklian at the COAG Council on Federal Financial Relations talks in Sydney in October 2015. AAP Image/Joel Carrett

NSW treasurer Gladys Berejiklian at the COAG Council on Federal Financial Relations talks in Sydney in October 2015. AAP Image/Joel Carrett

Stefanie Menezes, AAP

More NSW public sector jobs must be axed to help boost government efficiency, treasurer Gladys Berejiklian is set to argue.

Hundreds of government entities, including agencies, state-owned corporations, boards, committees and trusts, should also be merged to reform the sector, Ms Berejiklian believes.

In a speech to the Sydney Institute on Monday, Ms Berejiklian will outline her vision for a government which is ‘as small and as efficient as possible’.

Streamlining and trimming public service departments allows governments to focus on their core business and do it well, Ms Berejiklian says.

The treasurer says she recently tasked an expert panel to audit the state government’s structures to find ways of making it leaner and more efficient.

It found many of the 870 state government entities overlap in the functions they perform.

‘There is opportunity here to reduce this number,’ Ms Berejiklian says.

‘Not for the sake of it but because it will reduce waste, streamline decision making and make government work better.’

Ms Berejiklian will point to two different Crown Land trusts in the state’s Lake Macquarie region she says back her case for more consolidation.

One trust manages a small historic pumping station near Maitland while the other manages a tennis court centre in nearby Newcastle.

‘While the government is yet to make a decision, the panel has recommended that these should not be separate trusts and should be merged as one,’ Ms Berejiklian says.

The treasurer says streamlining administration and governance arrangements and merging government bodies will deliver significant savings which could be poured back into essential services.

‘But this is about more than simply saving money,’ she says.

‘It is about improving the delivery of services and infrastructure to the people of NSW and reducing regulatory burdens and strengthening lines of accountability.’


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