THE Federal Government has told public service departments they can hire new staff, but only for “critical” jobs.
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service Senator Eric Abetz today announced the interim recruiting arrangements, which will help the government meet its target of shedding 12,000 jobs through “natural attrition.”
Under the new system, external advertising of vacancies and temporary jobs will be limited to critical vacancies, or positions which require specialist skills.
The government says it will continue to offer recruitment programs for course graduates and Indigenous employees.
Agency and departmental heads are expected to hold staff briefings this afternoon on the new guidelines.