DFAT staff cuts to
Job cuts are a certainty now that AusAID has officially been integrated into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Fairfax reported that Secretary of DFAT, Peter Varghese gave the unwelcome news to staff, saying he did not yet know how the reductions would be shared out.
"Inevitably, as a result not just of integration, but of all of those other factors - the big cuts in our aid budget, the efficiency dividend, the audit commission, the 12,000 job losses across the Public Service - we will face job losses in the integrated Department,” Mr Varghese said.
"I don't think on 1 July, 2014 DFAT will have the same numbers as it had on 1 November."
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop said the integration of AusAID with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade marked a significant milestone for Australia's international engagement.
"DFAT is now responsible for development policy and the delivery of Australia's aid program. The outcome of this major change will be the alignment of Australia's foreign, trade and development policies and programs in a coherent, effective and efficient way," Ms Bishop said.
"Australia has a quality aid program, which is well regarded internationally and valued by our development partners."
Ms Bishop said integration would enable Australia to build an even more effective aid program.
It would promote Australia's national interests through contributing to international economic growth and poverty reduction, and support Australia's foreign and trade policy.
Edition 386, 5 November 2013