Unemployment rates on the Mid North Coast remain mostly above the state average.
Unemployment rates on the Mid North Coast remain mostly above the state average.

Government promises crackdown on public service sickies

PUBLIC servants in regional areas could have their work records put under the magnifying glass as the Federal Government vows to look closely at the number of sickies being taken by workers.

Up to 60% of Federal staff work outside of Canberra and with the Department of Human Services that includes Centrelink and Medicare having offices in almost every town, regional centres will not be immune.

Figures in the latest State of the Service report suggest absentee rates had increased by half a day in the past 12 months.

Senator Eric Abetz, as Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, said taxpayers had the right to expect their tax dollars were not being wasted on too much sick leave.

"Where agencies or departments have problems in this regard, agency heads should be taking steps to reduce sick rates," he said.

A Community and Public Sector Union spokesman said the union was yet to be told of any focus on sick leave.



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