Statement from Roads Minister Duncan Gay

Statement from Roads Minister Duncan Gay

28th March 2014

As the NSW Government has announced previously, since 2011 agencies including Roads and Maritime Services have been carrying out significant internal reform which has included an agreed reduction of staff.

There is nothing new in this. The Government has been open and up front about these reforms.

The introduction by NSW Government of Service NSW centres and maintenance contestability will improve services while allowing Roads and Maritime to drive cost savings and focus on the provision of and maintenance infrastructure and traffic management.

Outsourcing road maintenance will give the Government a bigger bang for its buck.

The best use of taxpayers money allows us to deliver vital road infrastructure like Westconnex, Northconnex, the Pacific and Princes Highways.

There has been no reduction in services as a result of the reforms, with Roads and Maritime delivering a record $5.1 billion budget this financial year.

Around 700 staff will be affected by road maintenance contestability in Sydney, with staff either transferring to the private sector provider or offered redeployment or voluntary redundancy.

Staff responsible for shared services such as IT, HR, finance and procurement transferred to Transport for NSW in 2011.

All employees affected by the changes are provided with advice on options including redeployment, practical support to apply for new positions or voluntary redundancy.

There has been no reduction in services as a result of the reforms, with Roads and Maritime delivering a record $5.1 billion budget this financial year.

Since 2011 there has been decrease in consultant costs of more than 50 per cent, a figure the agency continues to reduce as part of its efficiencies.

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