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AusAID cutback

Nanise Loanakadavu
Monday, February 10, 2014

AUSAID staff will be invited to have a look at redundancy packages if they want to apply, says Australia acting High Commissioner Glen Miles.

Mr Miles said the Australian Government had announced that AusAID and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) would be integrated.

And he said it was important to emphasise the importance of voluntary redundancy packages.

"Voluntary is very important because that's what they are, people will have a look at the package and decide if they want it," Mr Miles said.

"It's a normal sort of voluntary package, it depends on the length of services, and of course we'll follow Fiji's labour laws as well."

Although Mr Miles could not give a specific amount, he emphasised that it was not only for staff in Fiji but across the world.

"No one will be affected because it's a voluntary process," he said.

However he added it was too early to reveal the number of Fiji staff that would apply.

The decision to integrate the two organisations made by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot to streamline and make the operations more efficient.