The public service is not a “cushy” job according to Dubbo resident Austin Jupp, who has just been rewarded for more than 40 years work in the public sector.
Mr Jupp was presented with the State Government’s long-service medallion at a ceremony in Sydney recently and said the perception of the public service as a laid-back career was mistaken.
“The public service is very accountable for its time, cost and performance and if you don’t measure up you’ll be shown the door,” he said.
Mr Jupp started work in Sydney on February 17 1959 with the Valuer-General’s Department and retired in Dubbo in December 1999.
He was recommended by the department for the medallion, given out for meritorious service.
“Not everyone who works for 40 years gets one so I was very honoured – I didn’t expect it,” Mr Jupp said.
“It is a satisfying reward for years of commitment and dedication.”
Despite starting his career in Sydney Mr Jupp soon moved to country areas and said he loved every minute of it.
“I’ve worked in the north-west and central coast of NSW as well as the central west,” he said.
“I’ve always worked with rural people and those people, plus the places I have been, are the real highlights of my career. I was promoted and came to Dubbo in 1987 and I only decided to come here because I could still work with country people.”
Mr Jupp agreed these days it was unusual for people to stay in the one job for such a long period.
“Managers now would probably look for someone who had changed jobs and tried different things,” he said.
“But when I started out I certainly expected to be working for 40 years and I had no intention of going anywhere else – I was extremely happy where I was.”
Since his retirement Mr Jupp said he had been enjoying life to the full.
“I’m still doing a bit of contract valuing work for private companies but mostly I have been enjoying time with my grandchildren and growing orchids,” he said.
“My wife and I are also involved with Holy Trinity Church which is great.
“I loved my work but after 40 years I was definitely ready to retire.”
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.