A group of 30 civil servants to be promoted to the 10th-grade rank in civil service paid for their own travel expenses for a 10-day training program in Australia that began yesterday, with the government only subsidizing NT$30,000 (US$1,000) per person for training fees, the National Academy of Civil Service said yesterday.
The Examination Yuan-affiliated academy made the remark amid public anger over the squandering of taxpayers’ money by government agencies on things such as extravagant and unnecessary overseas field studies, despite the nation’s difficult fiscal situation.
The government allocated NT$1.4 million in its budget for the training program this year, which sent three academy personnel and 30 civil servants to Australia to complete a training course, the academy said.
“Each public servant was required to pay more than NT$60,000 to cover plane tickets, food and accommodation during their training. The government only subsidized the NT$30,000 training fees,” the academy said, adding that all public employees taking part in overseas training programs had to pay for their travel expenses since the programs were initiated in 2009.
The training seminars were first held in Singapore in 2009 and 2010, before moving to South Korea last year and to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) this year.
The Australia-based educational institution was formed in 2002 by a consortium of governments, universities and business schools from Australia and New Zealand, and is dedicated to delivering better civil service by providing training in strategic management and efficient policymaking to high-ranking government officials.
Meanwhile, the academy signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday with ANZSOG deputy dean Peter Allen and Adam Graycar, director of the Australian National University’s Research School of Social Sciences, during the opening ceremony of the training program in Canberra.
The memorandum aims to facilitate mutual visits by Taiwanese and Australian government officials and promote exchanges through jointly held academic seminars.
Since its establishment in 1999, the academy has inked six other similar memoranda of understanding with domestic and foreign training institutions, including Taiwan’s National Open University and the Polish National School of Public Administration.