Using employees by way of labour rent is required to maintain service supply requirements and keep inside the common staffing degree cap, Division of Human Providers boss Renee Leon has mentioned in a frank admission.
Greater than 2000 contractors at the moment are working on the division, which has an ASL cap for 2018-19 of 27,307.
“We do not need to let our service ranges drop, so if we had been simply to permit our staffing ranges to drop to the ASL cap then there could be an affect on service. So we’re participating employees by different means so we will proceed to offer the service that prospects need,” Ms Leon mentioned at Senate estimates.
The division was grilled about the usage of contractors on Thursday evening at Senate estimates, with Labor’s Lisa Singh and Murray Watt asking why the work wasn’t accomplished by public service employees.
“We now have labour rent in lots of locations all through the division and can proceed to have a look at what’s the acceptable type of engagement for a lot of capabilities going ahead,” Ms Leon mentioned.