Latest Public Service Snapshot Shows Government’s Jobs Cuts in the Hunter

04 December 2019

The Morrison Government cut thousands more public service jobs across Australia in just one year and those cuts are biting hard in the Hunter and Port Stephens.

According to the latest snapshot by the Australian Public Service Commission, 3,158 jobs were slashed across the country in the Australian Public Service (APS) during the 2018-19 financial year

Since 2013, when this Government came to power, 224 public service jobs have gone from the Hunter Valley (excluding Newcastle). That number is part of a whopping 18,908 across the country.

This means fewer services for Kurri Kurri, Maitland and Port Stephens and longer waits at government offices like Medicare and Centrelink.

Unfortunately this is what we have come to expect from this anti-worker Liberal/National Government. This week in Canberra the Government’s union busting Bill was defeated but that hasn’t stopped them from taking aim at workers in the public sector where we are seeing cuts to jobs and job security.

At a time when this Government’s jobless rate is 7.2% per cent in the Hunter and Port Stephens, higher than the national average, these job losses hurt the local economy and weaken the capability of the public service to provide vital services in our region.

Public servants and the communities they work for deserve more from Scott Morrison than these massive job cuts.


Authorised by Meryl Swanson ALP Canberra