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Jobs on the line as WA Department of Agriculture sheds 100 staff

by Ammy Singh •
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The Department of Agriculture Western Australia (DAFWA) will soon lose 100 jobs due to a voluntary redundancy scheme implemented in order to apply the State Government’s one per cent efficiency dividend across the public sector.

The cuts comprise part of the Government’s 2014-15 Targeted Separation Scheme (TSS), which will see the loss of 1,500 jobs in the State’s public service, in response to a state-wide slowdown in mining investment and sharp fall in iron ore prices that have strained the WA Government’s bottom line.

Branch Acting Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association (CPSU/CSA), Rikki Hendon, said the redundancies would be spread across a variety of the functions undertaken in DAFWA.

“We understand it will be a mix of general and targeted redundancies,” Hendon said.

This latest efficiency dividend follows a 1.4 per cent decrease in the WA public service over 2013-14, which a WA Public Sector Commission report found was attributable to 1,000 voluntary redundancies, hiring freezes, and an attempt to curtail wage increases.

These cuts comprised the largest workforce decline of any state except Queensland and Victoria for 2013-14.

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