23rd Feb 2017
The public sector union is warning the impacts could “possibly be huge” as the federal health department goes ahead with plans to slash jobs.
The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) said the Department of Health had confirmed to them 250 jobs will go.
In a public statement, the department would only agree that it is cutting positions.
“The department is using a number of strategies, such as recruitment restrictions, to reduce overall staffing numbers to an affordable level for 2017-18,” the statement read.
“Voluntary redundancies are one component of this strategy.”
CPSU deputy secretary Beth Vincent-Pietsch said there was no information as to which jobs in the department were at risk.
“They need to shed 250 jobs in order to come in under budget,” she said.
“That’s about 5 per cent of their total employees.
“We’re yet to see how they’re going to manage that level of job losses without it really impacting on the services that the department provides.”
“The impact [to frontline services] could possibly be huge.”
The Department of Health employs around 4,000 full-time workers who work from offices based in every state and territory.
The CPSU and health department are expected to meet on Friday to sort through more of the detail of the plan.