Public service jobs under threat

A total of 175 government agencies will be scrapped in a bid to make budget savings and streamline the public service, it’s been reported.

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Finance Minister Mathias Cormann will announce the cuts on Monday as part of the budget update alongside rules to stop the creation of new agencies that clog the bureaucracy and slow down decisions, News Corp Australia reported on Saturday.

It says working groups will be shut down and expensive agencies dismantled in a bid to streamline the public service, saving more than $500 million over four years and taking staff numbers back to the levels of seven years ago.

News Corp says the agencies to be cut include the Australian Government Solicitor, with some of its staff transferred to the Attorney-General’s Department.

It says the departments of health and education are named as two of the priorities for further work on streamlining the bureaucracy.

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