14,000 jobs cut from public service in 18 months

MORE than 14,000 public service jobs were cut from the Federal Government's ranks in the 18 months to December, a new report shows.

The Australian Public Service employment data, released Wednesday, showed employee numbers were reduced by 14,414 between July 2013 and December last year.

While Employment Services Minister Eric Abetz took credit for the cut to the public service's ranks, about three months of the headcount reduction came courtesy of the previous government.

Job cuts, natural attrition and voluntary redundancy programs across the public service were the main drivers of the reduction in headcount.

Senator Abetz said the government was on track to meet its election pledge to cut 16,500 jobs by 2016-17, despite the majority of the cuts occurring under Labor.

The report also showed marginal rises in the number of indigenous Australians, people with a disability and non-English speaking background people employed in the public service.