Before the State Sector Act

PSA members featured in a union video in 1983.

Five years later the State Sector Act saw the public sector carved up. State assets, like the Government Printing Office, were sold off for a song. Thousands of public servants lost their jobs in the massive restructuring.

In 1984 the public service employed 66,160 people. By the end of the 1990s that number had fallen to 30,000.

Government departments were corporatised and public services fragmented.

Things would never be the same again.

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