BEREJIKLIAN BUDGET BLOW-OUT IN PROBLEM PORTFOLIOS

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 The Berejiklian Government will blow its department budgets by millions of dollars, as they splash cash on hiring consultants for their problem portfolios ahead of the 2019 election.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet has already lost faith in its ability to deliver strong policies, budgeting a whopping $10.8 million on consultants in 2017-18. That is well above the $3.5 million the DPC projected it would spend.

The TAFE commission will see its consultancy spend jump from $1.4 million in 2016-17 to $5.95 million in 2017-18 as it wrestles the decimation of the NSW Training provider under the Liberal- National Government.

Other departments have seen massive hikes in the consultant budget with the State Insurance Regulatory authority doubling its spend from $7.5m to $15.2m, Urban Growth jumping from $3.48 million to $5.64 million and the Department of Planning and Environment increasing ten times to $11.1m

 

 

 

 Quotes attributable to Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park

“The NSW Government has already given up- they’ve resorted to outsourcing to clean up the mess they’ve made of everything.

“Millions spent on policy backflips like the greyhound ban and the emergency services levy and the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government wants to waste more hiring consultants? Talk about a Government with its priorities wrong.

“It beggars belief that their only option is to blow millions of dollars on hiring consultants, because they know they’ve stuffed everything up.”

 

 

 

 Agency

2016-17 Actual

2017-18 Budget

Department of Premier and   Cabinet

$3,566,000

$10,824,000

TAFE Commission

$1,422,000

$5,953,000

State Insurance Regulatory   Authority

$7,512,000

$15,203,000

Department of Planning and   Environment

$1,138,000

$11,096,000

UrbanGrowth

$3,478,000

$5,643,000

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