Home Affairs budget cuts mean job losses, says CPSU

By David Donaldson

May 13, 2019

The federal government is planning to sack 2000 staff at the Department of Home Affairs, claims the Community and Public Sector Union.

Last month’s budget indicates the department’s funding for pay and other employee benefits will be cut by more than $150 million next financial year.

The public sector union says this would equate to the government cutting at least 1600 jobs in that period, with the number of cuts rising to around 2200 by 2022-23.

The CPSU thinks the cuts are linked to the government’s plans to contract out its visa processing.

“We have calculated this huge number of jobs at risk conservatively, based on the staffing costs through to 2022-23 that are provided as usual in the budget papers and assuming a 2% rise in annual staffing costs,” said CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood.

“The wages bill for Home Affairs drops off a cliff at exactly the same time as the government’s privatised visa processing system is scheduled to kick off, so there’s no other credible reason to explain a drop of this magnitude.”

It is unclear who Labor’s Minister for Home Affairs will be if it wins the election. On Thursday Labor Leader Bill Shorten would not say who it would be, though he has confirmed Labor would have a Home Affairs Department.

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