More job cuts liked for federal Environment Department

THE Gillard Government cut 140 jobs from the federal Environment Department this financial year, it was revealed in Senate Estimates on Tuesday.

During estimates hearings, public officials confirmed the job cuts had already taken place, and more were likely to come in the 2013-14 financial year.

Deputy Secretary Dr Kimberley Dripps said the jobs were primarily cut as part of a voluntary separation program across the department.

She said 24 jobs were made redundant across the environmental assessment and compliance, supervising scientist and wildlife and heritage divisions.

Those jobs cut included 15 from wildlife and heritage, five from the supervising scientist area and four from environmental compliance.

Dr Dripps said the department also expected a further voluntary separation program may need to be undertaken to meet government savings measures outlined in the 2013-14 budget.

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