CSIRO Executive failed to seek staffing cap relief

CSIRO Chief Larry Marshall used a Senate Estimates appearance to admit that the organisation had yet to make an application to the Federal Government for relief from Average Staffing Level (ASL) restrictions.

In response to questions on whether CSIRO had sought an exemption Dr Marshall said that “we haven’t yet sought a formal exemption to that (ASL offset) rule but of course we’ve been discussing with the Department of Finance to get advice.”

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Government shifts rhetoric on public sector staff cap and outlines pathway to exemption

The Federal Government has changed its tune on staffing cap restrictions in the federal public sector and outlined the process for departments and agencies to follow for consideration of an exemption.

In testimony before Senate Estimates, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann responded to specific questions about the impact of the Average Staffing Level (ASL) cap at CSIRO; practically encouraging the organisation to apply for an exemption.

Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski welcomed the comments.

“It’s an indication that the Staff Association campaign against the ASL cap in CSIRO is gaining traction but more importantly it provides a clear pathway for Larry Marshall and the Executive Team to seek an exemption.”

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Melissa Donnelly appointed as CPSU National Secretary

It is difficult to write a profile of new Community and Public Sector Union national secretary Melissa Donnelly. Not because she is evasive or rude – she answers every question thoughtfully – but for every question about her as an individual or the role of the national secretary, Ms Donnelly turns the answer back to the work of delegates and members, writes Sally Whyte.

At 38, she is the youngest ever national secretary to lead the union, and only the third ever woman, which is somewhat surprising in an industry where women usually outnumber men.

Ms Donnelly was elected by the union’s governing council recently after the resignation of Nadine Flood for health reasons and will face a full election by members next year.

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