BAIRD’S ARMY OF SENIOR EXECUTIVES COST TAXPAYERS MORE THAN $161 MILLION A YEAR

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Taxpayers are paying more than $161 million a year in salaries to the 453 most senior executives in three crisis riddled Baird Government departments.

 

Despite the constant errors and scandals, senior executives in the health, education and justice departments have enjoyed record salary growth of 23.4 per cent since 2011 costing taxpayers $161,010,642 in the financial year 2014-15.

 

While wage growth across NSW has remained at record lows, a review of the Statutory and Other Officers Remuneration Tribunal rulings has shown salaries in the senior executive bands continues to rise.

 

The average salary and number of senior executives is listed in the table below.

 

In the Department of Education, the Government chose to prioritise paying exorbitant salaries instead of addressing the $732 million school maintenance backlog and overcrowding crisis in one third of NSW schools.

 

The number of senior executives in the Department of Education has swollen to 246 members on an average salary of $363,412. The huge number of senior staff is costing taxpayers an average of $89,399,352 per year.

 

In Ministry of Health, the number of senior executives has increased by 47 people to reach a whopping 81 staff members on an average salary of $360,560. Taxpayers are forking out an average $29,205,360 for the senior executives.

 

Similarly the Department of Justice has grown its senior executive ranks to 126 members on an average salary of $336,555 to cost taxpayers an average $42,405,930.

 

Quotes attributable to Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park

 

“Taxpayers assume their money is being spent on vital Government services, not on fat cat salaries.

 

“While our schools are falling apart and our hospitals are in crisis the Baird Government thinks it’s better to spend up big on fat cats than fixing problems.

 

“Wage growth of more than 20 per cent and average salaries in the hundreds of thousands of dollars is a gross waste of taxpayer money that could be better spent on vital upgrades to public services.

 

“Now is not the time to be handing out pay rises. Now is the time to fix the crisis in our schools and in our hospitals.

 

“Mike Baird and Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian think bumping up executive salaries is a better use of taxpayer money than providing classrooms and funding hospital upgrades.”

 

Background

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT

NUMBER OF SES STAFF 2014-15

AVERAGE SALARY ($)

TOTAL ($)

Department of Education

246

363,412

89,399,352

Ministry of Health

81

360,560

29,205,360

Department of Justice

126

336,555

42,405,930

 

 

 

 

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