The Australian Public Service (APS) Travel costs totalled $427 million for 2016. While a significant amount, it should be noted that Corporate Commonwealth Entities (CCEs) are NOT required to use this system and their costs are not represented in the $427M amount.
The Whole-of-Australian-Government Travel Services (https://www.finance.gov.au/procurement/travel-and-related-services) was established to provide governance and guidance in order to reduce the cost of government travel for the APS. Clearly this initiative has failed to curtail an increasing impost on the Australian taxpaying citizen.
Manage Australia’s proposed solution:
- Centralisation of Departmental bureaucracy to Canberra.
- The Senior Executive Services (SES) will be rationalised* and (re)located to departments buildings within Canberra.
- Non customer facing (shop-front) bureaucracy will be rationalised* and (re)located to Canberra.
- Air Travel less than 4 hours will be Economy class only. This extends to all levels of APS and SES.
- Hire Car services will be for exceptional circumstances only and subject to a reimbursement scheme, otherwise ground transport services will be available via a simple Taxi voucher system as used by most of corporate and businesses in Australia.
The bureaucracy formed around Public servant travel has substantially grown, and failed to impact on the cost. The System requires simplification, rationalisation and the entitlements of the Australian Public Servants revised downwards.
* Manage Australia has a view that APS bureaucracy is oversized and outweighs the customer facing services of departments by too great a ratio. See posts tagged Rationalisation.