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DEST sick and getting sicker.

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Senator Kim Carr

Labor Senator for Victoria Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science & R Shadow M esearch

inister for the Public Service


DEST sick and getting sicker

he Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) has received a

epartment officers are taking much more sick leave, and getting less

EST is bleeding staff, with a separation rate significantly higher than the

he news comes after a week of controversy over the doctoring of politically

his kind of suppression of important work is exactly the kind of the kind of


he workload at DEST is crushing, and morale flagging - with Dr Nelson’s

abor will work to restore the health not just of DEST, but of the Australian

he DEST Executive Scorecard is completed quarterly, and is available by

urther information: Kim Carr 0419 563 922, Catriona Jackson, 0410 522 262.


T fail grade in 9 out of 10 of the key areas according the DEST 2003 Executive Scorecard Quarter 1.

D training, compared with other Commonwealth public servants.

D public service generally, 20.86 % compared with 11.31%. The report noted with particular concern the departure rates of employees who had been with DEST for a very short time, commenting that their departure compromised organisational productivity.

T sensitive DEST research, and DEST is not the only Department where this is happening.

T thing that drains morale from Government departments. The Howard Government is doing its level best to promote the erosion of core publ service values.

T review package still far form finalised and dozens of reviews - many facing predetermined outcomes - running in tandem.

L Public Service as a whole, making it again a place where the best and brightest aspire to work.

T fax, on request.

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