Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 396. Updated Tuesday, 11 February 2014

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Tax offers VRs in latest cuts round

About 500 voluntary redundancies are on offer at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as part of an effort to cut 900 positions.
 Second Commissioner at the ATO, Geoff Leeper has called for expressions of interest in an email to staff. Priority will be given to staff working in areas which there is believed to be duplication of effort.
 In his email Mr Leeper said the call was driven by the need to meet budgetary targets.
 "Last year, the Commissioner advised we need to work hard to achieve a balanced budget in 2013-14 and beyond," he wrote.
 "This will help reach our estimated workforce reduction target of 900 full-time equivalent employees...and position our workforce for the future."

Quest for balanced budget
 ATO staff have been asked to “self-assess” themselves for the ‘Enterprise Workforce Refresh’ program.
 Mr Leeper said hiring restrictions, the use of temporary workers, contract workers and natural attrition were helping with the jobs cull.
 “Together, these will get us some way towards our budgetary target. However, at this time we estimate that we will need in the order of 500 voluntary redundancies to achieve the required 30 June 2014 outcome,” he said
 Staff have been told that those working in regional and smaller offices and business units that had become top heavy with higher-ranking officers would be more likely to be successful in an application for redundancy.
 High performers were warned that their chances of securing a payout were not good.
 Applications close on 21 February and all voluntary redundancies are set to be completed by 30 June.

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