A hospital pharmacy technician has made $15.9 million after paying the government a salary of $13.9million.
Key points:A total of $20.3 million was paid to over 6,000 staff in 2017-18The total number of employees is the highest in 20 yearsThe salary is the lowest in 20 and a tenth of the total wages paid to all other public sector employeesThe total payouts are the highest since the last payouts were made in the last four yearsThe Department of Health and Human Services has made over $20 million in the past five years.
Key Points:The total amount paid by the Department of Public Works and Government Services in 2017 to staff at more than 700 health care and public sector hospitals and clinics is the biggest in 20 yearThe Department paid out $20,000 in the first two months of 2018 to over 700 staff at a total of 6,400 health care, public sector and hospital locations, with the largest total amount being $12,700 paid to the public sector.
The Department made the payments to staff from the public and private sectors as part of its $18 billion health care overhaul.
The $10 million payments from the Department for Health and Community Services to staff were made on behalf of the Public Service Employees Union (PSEU).
“We’re just proud to be able to be part of this big picture of what our workers have been able to achieve,” Public Service and Veterans Affairs Minister Scott Morrison said.
“We need to make sure our hospitals are performing at their best, and our public sector workers are doing their jobs at their very best.”
The money that is coming into the system is just the beginning.
“The Department for Public Works (DPW) paid out a total $19.9 billion in salaries and benefits in 2017, up from $17.9billion in 2016-17.
The largest amount was made to the private sector, with $10.3 billion paid out, followed by the public, which received $9.9b.
Mr Morrison said the $10 billion was the biggest ever.”
It’s a significant number of people who have been working for us and they’ve been working very hard to achieve their aspirations,” he said.”[The department] has been very supportive of them and they are now making an outstanding contribution to the system.
“He said there were “significant” numbers of staff in public service positions.”
In the last year, we’ve seen an increase in the number of public service jobs and the private sectors are doing well as well,” he told the ABC.”
So it’s a real testament to the hard work and commitment of our public servants and our private sector employees to keep the system ticking over.
“The department has been working on the payouts since May, when it announced it was creating a new $30 billion Health Care Service Fund to help public sector employers keep up with rising health care costs.
Mr Morneau said that in 2017 the Department had paid out over $11 billion to staff and had paid back another $1.5 billion in wage payments in 2018.”
This is the fourth consecutive year that we have made payouts to staff,” he explained.”
And we’ve made the biggest payouts in our history in 2019.
“I know there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in the private and public sectors to keep up, but that’s just part of our plan.”
But the government has done the right thing and made the right decisions for our health system.