Health has to cut 400 jobsThe Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) is poised to cut up to 400 jobs over in the next 12 months as a result of budget cuts.
Staff recently received an email informing them the Department would seek to cut nearly 8 per cent of its workforce, as it could not afford to keep its current number of employees.
In the email the Secretary of DoHA, Jane Halton said the Government’s recent decision to raise its efficiency dividend from 1.25 per cent to 2.25 per cent meant the Department had to start cutting jobs and the new staffing profile would be on “lower classifications”.
According to the latest annual report released by DoHA, more than 2,000 executives at levels 1 and 2 and more than 150 senior executives were employed there.
“Recent Government announcements of a further reduction to Executive Level and Senior Executive Service staff across the APS and subsequent increase to the efficiency dividend makes this a more urgent task and will require us all to work together,” Ms Halton said.
“This year's business planning process has highlighted that, with no extra reductions, our 2013-14 budget allocation does not support our current staffing numbers or profile.
“To meet our budget we need to decrease our staffing numbers across the Department by around 400 (full-time equivalent) positions over the coming year.”
She said the Department also needed to position itself for further efficiency dividend reductions starting in the 2014-15 financial year.
“Over the past couple of years we have had a focus on improving our ratio of EL (executive level) staff to APS (Australian Public Service) staff,” she said.
“While there has been some progress made, we have not achieved the ratio required and we need to keep working on this.”
Ms Halton said voluntary redundancies were a possibility but the Department would also “assess whether natural attrition will enable us to meet our staffing and numbers target”.
“I acknowledge that it may become necessary to consider further voluntary redundancies and we will keep you informed about this possibility,” she said.
Edition 375, 20 August 2013