NSW Labor today exposed the Baird Government’s plan to dump almost 5000 jobs from the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) from next year.

Documents obtained by the NSW Opposition and revealed during estimates today show the Government plans to cut the FACS budget by $70 million per year from 2016.

The internal departmental document states that “the majority of savings will come from staff reductions…where we will need to be 30 per cent smaller.”

On current figures a 30 per cent reduction in staff across the Department of FACS will see 4,790 jobs lost.

Other internal FACS documents reveal an extraordinary cut of 91 FACS jobs detailed by category and public service grade across the board from level 11/12 down to level 1/2 which have not been accounted for in this year’s budget papers.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Tania Mihailuk

“These are explosive figures – these cuts will mean the end of FACS as we know it and the end of any meaningful, rigorous oversight of our most vulnerable children in care.”

“It comes on top of a nine per cent cut to the Office of the Children’s Guardian, 82 jobs cut from Statutory Child Protection and 26 jobs cut from Out of Home Care in this year’s budget alone.”

“These crippling job cuts follow months of talking tough on child protection and claims the FACS budget will continue to increase substantially.”

“The Baird Government needs to explain how it intends to protect the most vulnerable in our community when it is ripping so much out of child protection services.”