THE State Government has shed 296 public sector jobs but has not revealed how it has helped the budget bottom line.

The jobs were shed through 127 voluntary redundancies, 41 middle management positions, 78 fixed term positions and 21 senior executive positions but the Government has not revealed progress towards its overall Budget savings target of $116 million.

However the figure is still well short of the target of 800 redundancies set out in the State Budget.

There is also criticism that the Budget Management Strategy Progress Report does not include the full value of savings achieved to date.

Treasurer Michael Aird said a full update would be provided in the Mid-Year Financial Report in February. But he insisted Government Departments would meet their savings targets.

“Work remains to be undertaken by agencies,” Mr Aird said.

“However, Heads of Agency have advised the Expenditure Review Committee that they are confident of achieving the required savings in 2009-10.”

The Government needs to achieve $116 million worth of savings this year – increasing to $184 million next year and $242 million by 2012-13.

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