Victoria’s Bureaucrats Feast on Pay While Rest of State Lags Behind

Last week we covered how Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet has blown $13 million on marketing and promotion.

Well, this week it was revealed that the wage bill for Victorian public servants will blow out by more than $2.5 billion.

This is a more than 11% increase.

The Australian Tribune doubts that they will be delivering 11% more services.

This is part of a worrying trend whereby public sector wage growth outstrips the private sector.

Research by The Australian Tribune indicates that wage growth in the public sector has beaten the private sector for the last five years.

Earlier, we pointed out how the average wage for a public servant is around $78,000.

The bureaucrats would have you think that this is a miserly sum to be paid.

But it is princely compared to what Australians earn in the private sector.

The most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that the gap has been widening.

Widening Gap between Public and Private Workers

Aus Bureau of Statistics average weekly ordinary time earnings

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

The result of this gap is that an average public sector worker makes $237.30 more than the average private sector worker.

Today, there are nearly two million public sector employees.

That’s around four times as many people as the population of Tasmania!

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Reduce the Size of the Public Sector

Think about it like this.

Imagine if you had a village of 25 people (for Australia’s 25 million people), 12 of which were old enough to work.

Of this 12, two fill out forms and hand out paper work.

Surely, you only need one of these types of people.

Even by eliminating 10% of the Australian public sector, you could save taxpayers nearly $3 billion a year.

That’s around $115 back in the pockets of every Australian alive today.

It might even make things run more smoothly in government.

The Roman army used to use a practice of decimation or ‘removal of a tenth’ to deal with misbehaving soldiers.

Perhaps this treatment should be applied to public sector jobs.

PS: Tired of seeing your wages, investments and interest gains all sapped by tax? Had enough of job-creating companies being driven overseas by Australia’s heavy tax burden? Then you should read our free new research report, ‘What you could do to stop Australia’s Tax Freedom Day from blowing out even further in 2018’. You can download that report free, here.

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