Professionals Australia has condemned TasWater’s spending of $1.1 million on consultants in the past year, at the same time the corporation was treating local employees poorly.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
The spending details have come to light after a budget document (attached) regarding part of TasWater’s restructure budget was leaked this week.
However, Professionals Australia is concerned that this document does not reveal the full extent of wasteful spending and is now calling on TasWater to “come clean” about how much more money has been spent on the organisation’s contentious restructure.
Professionals Australia’s Tasmanian Director Luke Crowley said that the spending was “outrageous” and had angered many staff who worked hard to ensure the state’s water was properly managed.
“We are extremely concerned to see such reckless spending when there is almost universal acknowledgement that TasWater’s restructure is fundamentally flawed.
“In June we discovered that TasWater had paid $280,000 to two organisations to do senior recruitment and interviews, now this new information shows that TasWater has paid almost half a million dollars to Marchment Hill, to design a new structure for TasWater.
Mr Crowley said it was “completely pointless” to pay almost half a million dollars to Marchment Hill to design a new structure.
“TasWater has a board, a CEO and a management team. It is wasteful in the extreme to engage extremely expensive international consultants when this work could be done in-house.
“There are so many questions about this restructure. In the last six months many engineers and scientists were made redundant.
“Today we see TasWater advertising for six project managers, 12 engineers, two scientists and nine managers. It prompts the question, have this year’s redundancies been genuine, or just a way for TasWater to avoid negotiating with staff?
“Staff are increasingly frustrated by what they are seeing and experiencing at TasWater. In a recent survey of senior staff, less than 20% of respondents felt that TasWater had sufficient internal capacity to keep the state’s water assets functioning effectively.
Professionals Australia says leaked info shows TasWater has spent $1.1million on consultants , Matt Smith, Hobart Mercury.
TasWater’s $1.1m consultancy spend, Daniel McCulloch, Launceston Examiner.