“The NSW Government Has Made The Right Decision In Freezing Public Sector Pay For 12 Months”

“The NSW Government Has Made The Right Decision In Freezing Public Sector Pay For 12 Months”

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Daily IPA comment attributable to Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs:

“The NSW government has made the right decision in freezing public sector pay for 12 months, other governments should follow their leadership.”

“Governments should go further in reducing the pay of non-front-line workers by 20% to reflect cuts experienced by many Australians in the private sector.”

“Australians overwhelmingly support shared sacrifice between the public and productive, private sectors of the economy. 74% of Australians want politicians and senior public servants on salaries of $150,000 or more to have their pay reduced by 20%, according to polling commissioned by the IPA.”

Research prepared by IPA Research Fellows Kurt Wallace and Cian Hussey. 

Australia

  • 7,150 confirmed cases and 103 deaths. There are 467 active cases and 6,580 recoveries. There are 27 cases in hospital and 5 of those are in intensive care.
  • According to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today:
    • 76 per cent of Australians with children in their household kept them home from school or childcare due to COVID-19. To care for children in the household:
      • 38 per cent worked from home.
      • 22 per cent worked reduced hours or changed their working hours.
      • 13 per cent took leave from work.
    • 76 per cent of adults in households with primary/secondary school-aged children said their children were doing online or remote schooling as a result of COVID-19. The most common difficulties facing children were:
      • Difficulty concentrating (59 per cent).
      • Feeling lonely (49 per cent).
      • Anxiety (33 per cent).
      • No access to a stable internet connection (15 per cent).
    • 7 per cent of Australians reported that one or more people in their household had to defer or reduce a financial payment due to COVID-19.
    • Of persons aged 18 years and over who had a job in mid-May:
      • 20 per cent said they were eligible to receive JobKeeper.
      • 13 per cent had started to receive JobKeeper.
    • 9 per cent of people without a job in mid-May had applied to access their superannuation early, compared to 3 per cent of people with a job. Of those who applied, 57 per cent planned to use the money to pay household bills, mortgage, rent and other debts, while 36 per cent planned to add it to savings.
    • 13 per cent of Australian adults are providing unpaid care to a vulnerable person living outside their household. The most common types of care were shopping (80 per cent) and provision of meals (49 per cent).

International

  • In the United States, another 2.1 million people lodged an initial employment benefit scheme. Govewrnment-imposed lockdowns have resulted in just over 40 million people claiming unemployment benefits for the first time.

Labour force paid by the government

53.6 per cent of the labour force is either directly employed by Commonwealth and state governments or local councils, or is in receipt of the JobSeeker unemployment payment or the JobKeeper wage subsidy:

  • Public sector: 2 million (15.1 per cent of labour force).
  • JobSeeker: 1.6 million (12.1 per cent of labour force).
  • JobKeeper: 3.5 million (26.4 per cent of labour force).
  • Total: 7.1 million (53.6 per cent of labour force).
  • Labour force: 13.24 million.

Schools

  • New South Wales – All schools will return to full-time face-to-face classes from May 25.
  • Victoria – A staggered return to classrooms will begin on May 26, with prep, grades one and two, and years 11 and 12 returning. Students in years three to 10 will return on June 9.
  • Queensland – From May 11 kindergarten, prep and years 1, 11 and 12 return. Remaining students planned to return from May 25.
  • Western Australia – Face-to-face teaching in place for all students, but attendance is optional until May 18.
  • South Australia – Schools reopened and students encouraged to attend.
  • Tasmania – Home-learning still in place, but schools open for parents who are unable to supervise their children.
  • Northern Territory – Returned to classrooms on April 20.
  • ACT – Plan to return during term 2. Primary school children, and year 7 and 12 students will return first.

Plans to lift restrictions

NSW

From 15 May

  • Home gatherings limited to a maximum of five visitors from separate households.
  • Gathering limit increased to 10 people for outdoor activities.
  • Weddings limited to 10 guests.
  • Funerals allowed 20 people indoors and 30 people outdoors.
  • Religious gatherings limited to 10 people.

From 1 June

  • Pubs, clubs and cafes can serve up to 50 patrons.
  • Weddings limit increased to 20 guests.
  • Religious gatherings limit increased to 50 people.
  • Intra-state travel restrictions are completely lifted.
  • Museums, art galleries and libraries can reopen.

Victoria

From 13 May

  • Home gatherings limited to a maximum of five visitors from separate households.
  • Gathering limit increased to 10 people for outdoor activities, and religious gatherings.
  • Weddings will be limited to 10 people plus the couple and celebrant.
  • Funerals allowed 20 people indoors and 30 people outdoors.
  • Food and drink businesses remain limited to takeaway and home delivery.

From 26 May

  • Public playgrounds, outdoor communal gym equipment, and skateparks will be reopened.

From 1 June

  • Cafes, restaurants, and pubs will be allowed to serve 20 people per enclosed area.
  • Private gatherings, public gatherings, weddings, religious services, increased to 20 people. Funerals increased to 50 people. Overnight stays in private residences will be allowed.
  • Real estate auctions and open houses will be allowed 20 people.
  • Beauty services will be allowed to open with up to 20 patrons.
  • Camping and accommodation venues allowed to open with no use of shared facilities.
  • Community facilities, swimming pools, museums, amusement parks, zoos, and non-contact outdoor sporting activities will be allowed to resume with up to 20 people per space with social distancing measures.

From 22 June

  • The restrictions on cafes, restaurants, and pubs will be raised to 50 people.
  • Community facilities, swimming pools, museums, amusement parks, zoos, and non-contact outdoor sporting activities will increase to 50 people per space with social distancing measures.
  • Gyms and other indoor sports centres will be allowed 20 people per undivided space and 10 people per group.
  • Indoor venues including cinemas, concert venues, and stadiums will be allowed up to 50 seated patrons per space.

From mid July

  • The restriction on cafes, restaurants, and pubs may be raised to 100 people.

Queensland

From 15 May

  • Home gatherings limited to a maximum of five visitors from separate households.
  • Gatherings allowed for up to 10 people for most outdoor non-contact activities, libraries, weddings, religious services.
  • Funerals up to 20 people indoors or 30 people outdoors.
  • Recreational travel allowed within 150km of home in metro areas. Travel up to 500km from home is permitted in regional areas, and travellers can stay in a location (accommodation, family or friend) overnight.
  • 10 person maximum for dining in at restaurants, cafes, pubs, licensed clubs, RSLs and hotels. 20 person limit for licensed venues in regional areas.

From 12 June

  • Gatherings of up to 20 people.
  • Funerals allowed up to 50 people.
  • Recreational travel limit raised to 250km. Camping and accommodation restrictions lifted, including caravan parks.

From 10 July

  • Gatherings of up to 100 people.

South Australia

From 11 May

  • Gathering limit increased to 10 people.
  • Funerals allowed up to 20 people indoors and 30 people outdoors.

From 22 May

  • Restaurants and cafes will be able to seat 20 patrons, half inside and half outside, and serve alcohol.

From 1 June

  • Pubs, clubs, restaurants, cinemas, beauty salons and gyms can reopen with up to 80 patrons.

Western Australia

From 18 May

  • Public gathering limit increased to 20 people.
  • Weddings and funerals allowed up to 20 people indoors and 30 people outdoors.
  • Some regional travel bans remain in place.

From 29 May

  • Intra-state travel restrictions are lifted. Restrictions remain for parts of the north-east of the state and for some remote communities.

From 2 June

  • The number of people allowed to visit a patient in hospital will increase to two at a time, children will be allowed to visit, and maternity patients can be accompanied by two birthing partners.

Tasmania

From 18 May

  • Gatherings increased to 10 people.
  • Households capped at 5 visitors.
  • 30 people allowed at outdoor funerals. Funerals increased to a 20 person limit on 11 May.

From 15 June

  • Gatherings increased to a 20 person limit.
  • Review of household visitor restrictions.
  • Funeral limit lifted to 50 people.

From 13 June

  • Gatherings maximum limit will be lifted to between 50 and 100 people.
  • Aged care homes will be allowed five visitors and multiple visits.

Northern Territory

From 1 May

  • Restrictions lifted on a host of indoor and outdoor recreational activities.

From 15 May

  • More restrictions lifted on businesses, including food services, gyms, and public libraries.

From 5 June

  • Further easing of restrictions due.

ACT

From 9 May

  • Gathering limit lifted to a maximum of 10 people for both indoor and outdoor gatherings. Includes religious ceremonies, outdoor boot camps, and real estate open houses and auctions.
  • Home gatherings are limited to 10 people with the exception of where two households coming together is more than 10 people.
  • Weddings allowed 10 guests.
  • Funerals allowed 20 people indoors and 30 people outdoors.
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