The South Australian Government has announced it will cut 1000 full time equivalent positions from its public sector over the next three years, while setting greater efficiency targets.


Treasurer Jack Snelling announced the cuts will save the state $166.8 million over the three years and will be balanced by $60.4 million in targeted voluntary separation packages (TVSPs).


“Savings measures are needed to reduce the size of the Government, reducing the pressure on the state’s finances while creating a leaner Government,” Mr Snelling said.


Mr Snelling also announced the state expects to save over $255.6 million through improved efficiency targets.


“This represents an increase in the current efficiency dividend from 0.25 per cent to 1.0 per cent from 2013-14,” Mr Snelling said.


“As is currently the case, agencies will have the flexibility to tailor the savings to their particular structures but we believe agencies will be able to find these efficiencies.”


“A smaller public sector needs to be more productive and it is, therefore, vital we retain the skills of our most experienced public servants,”