Traditional public service bludging and fudging takes a large percentage out of public funds allocated by the state government of Victoria to support the state’s most vulnerable people.
Jeff Kennett saw the need to get DHS Victoria out of direct service provision, but was beaten by union demands.
“Will Ted Baillieu see the value in doing this before the next state election in November 2014, or will he need to be re-elected to do this - to have government/public funds properly provide for those for whom these funds are intended, rather than a large percentage fund the traditional bureaucratic bludging and fudging in the public service comfort zones of the Department of Human Services?”
The department’s management structure is a sham of reactive rather than proactive management buying its way, rather than managing its way.
Department management has no ability to properly man-manage its direct care staff to set, monitor and maintain their work value, to ensure services are consistently with the direction, intention and spirit of the department’s care policies, standards and values.
Most department group homes, for people with an intellectual or multiple disability, float on paperwork - many with offices large enough to run BHP!
All this whilst the department hands-out peanuts to non-government, community service organisations (CSOs), to provide similar services, and then punish and intimidate them if they falter in any way. Whilst their own services can make the most atrocious mess, and nothing is said.
The department keeps the CSOs lean, whilst they keep a lion’s share of state government/public money to bludge, fudge and enjoy comfort zones at work’.