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April 28, 2009 09:30pm

HUGE job losses in health, the closure of some TAFE sites and increased class sizes are looming because of the state’s critical financial position.

Senior public service sources say up to 400 jobs are set to go as part of a major savings review in the Health Department – and that does not include country areas.

Sources also say up to 127 full-time equivalent jobs will go in Further Education while up to 30 will go in the Courts Administration Authority.

Warnings of the cuts are contained in two internal memos seen by The Advertiser and evidence given to a parliamentary committee.

Health Department chief executive Tony Sherbon has written to staff saying Ernst & Young has been commissioned to undertake a core business review of the department which will take four weeks.

He says while frontline health services will be protected, the intention is to reduce the size of the overall workforce but with “no forced redundancies”.

No numbers are given but senior public sector sources said they had been briefed about 400 full-time equivalent positions likely to go.

The state is facing a huge $1.5 billion black hole in the Budget and Treasurer Kevin Foley has warned the axe will fall on the Government’s expenditure.

The Courts Administration Authority says it has a range of savings planned which will affect “a significant number of employees”.

These include merging some services in the Fines Call Centre, specialists courts such as the Drug Court and also reducing staff in the Coroner’s Court.

Registry offices in Kadina, Coober Pedy, Ceduna and Naracoorte will be open only when the local court is sitting.

Further Education Department chief executive Ray Garrand has told Parliament’s Budget and Finance Committee that 95 jobs will go in 2009-10, and 16 each in 2010-11 and 2011-12. He says that equates to savings of about $9.7 million.,22606,25395862-2682,00.html

One Comment

    • Jayshree
    • Posted April 28, 2009 at 7:24 pm
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    This is scary.Wonder when things will return to normal.
    Incidentally there is an interesting website that is specifically dedicated to recession victims.It offers help and discusses all issues related to It’s worth a visit!

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