Job Permanency On the Cards for Public Sector Employees

Permanent jobs will soon be available for contract public sector staff, boosting their job security.

Up to 13,000 casual and fixed-term staff will be eligible for permanency, to create “continuity of work” for employees.

“Fixed term employees often face uncertainty, which makes it difficult to plan for the future,” Premier Mark McGowan said.

“Workers will have better job security to provide for their families, and apply for the loans and services that they need.”

“I’m very pleased my government is able to offer stable jobs improved services for Western Australia.”

Under the changes, public sector workers will need to have worked for at least two years in a job defined as a fixed term position.

There will also need to be ongoing funding for the position for the future, the employee is not facing disciplinary or substandard performance action and the process complies with the Public Sector Management Act.

All employees in fixed-term or casual roles will have their contracts reviewed after two years.

If they comply with the criteria, they will be offered permanency.

“We expect these changes to help create a more stable, efficient public sector that will deliver better services to Western Australians,” Mr McGowan said.

“As the state’s economy continues to improve, retaining high-quality staff will be crucial to maintain a strong and efficient public sector.”

Industrial relations minister Bill Johnston said the changes are a continuation to strengthen employment for Western Australians.

“This announcement follows the biggest shakeup of the public sector in decades, when the McGowan Government amalgamated State departments to create a stronger and more dynamic public service,” Mr Johnston said.

“It also highlighted that many Government workers, who provide vital services to the community, were only employed in a casual or fixed-term basis, despite their jobs existing for years.”

“They deserve a fair go.”

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