独家编译:澳洲移民部将裁员10%
澳华中文网 2011-05-07 09:51:32   关注人次[]

【参与讨论】

移民部的裁员以及移民配额的减少对澳洲各界的冲击

尽管最近的难民潮一浪高过一浪,移民部将裁员700名。这次裁员涉及到全澳洲以及整个世界的100多个地区,而目前,移民部的雇员是7000多名。

今年的三月,澳洲吸纳技术移民的配额已经砍掉14%,在五月十二号的联邦预算后,还有可能再次砍掉部分配额。而难民的吸纳将增加250名,增加到13750名。

移民部的部门经理开始讨论如何裁员,也和移民部的官员们商讨,让他们自愿离职。但是,强行裁员势在必行。移民部也将紧缩开支,从每年11亿澳币的拨款中砍掉5千万澳币。大约2千万到3千万的财政紧缩是来自IT方面,这意味着网上的申请将有理由放缓。(B评)

尽管财政紧缩,但是投入到审理寻求庇护者的资金将被迫增加,尤其是投资在遥远的圣诞岛。超过200人,其中包括翻译,律师,38名移民部长代表,这些人将审理岛上270名寻求庇护者。(这就是拆了东墙,补西墙,B注)一张往返圣诞岛和珀斯的机票高达2000澳币。(这两百多人的来回机票将有我们这些纳税人报销。B注)

社区及公共部门工会已经指控澳洲联邦政府虚伪;当联邦政府倡导私人企业不要裁员,而政府部门自身却开始大幅度地裁员。联邦政府已经强行紧缩开支3.25%,而政府也下达了这个目标给每一个部门。(政府一方面呼吁私人企业不要裁员,而自己却紧缩开支,大幅度裁员。虚伪!另外,据BAXTER观察,澳洲各个部门的开始以前是太庞大了,浪费了很多。就算紧缩3.25%,他们的日子也是过得不错!)

澳洲联邦今年三月份已经把技术移民的配额从133500减到115000,为了对付金融危机,澳洲政府不得不这样做。而随着技术移民的减少,审理技术移民的移民官也将随之减少。而5.12日联邦预算之后,我们有理由相信明年的技术移民将减少到110000名。(B注:这个月的512是联邦预算日,这一天,澳洲财长将公布明年的财政预算,而各个部门也将推出不同的政策调整。我有理由相信,在明年,技术移民的配额将再次砍掉5000名)

在今年的三月,持457临时技术移民签证的人也大幅度减少,于去年同期比,下降了35%。在今年三月,澳洲移民部的秘书长ANDREW METCALFE表示,移民部将进行内部调整,在明年或者以后的日子里将减少开支。在他的电邮中,他表示,现在,我们不得不开始行动,需要认知如何省钱,如何减少开支。

在2005,自从移民部的丑闻之后,移民部官员的职位都有了调整。去年,已经有250名不合格的移民官下岗,该次的内部调整称作金融健康检查。

(背景故事:2005年,移民部官员错误地关押,错误地遣送了一名澳洲公民。当时,移民部被笼罩在一片丑闻的阴云下。之后,移民部裁撤了250名不合格的移民官。B注)

 

Immigration to cut 10% of jobsJewel Topsfield
May 1, 2009 - 12:18AM

ONE in 10 jobs is expected to be slashed from the Immigration Department in the federal budget on May 12.

Despite the recent surge in asylum seekers arriving in boats, about 700 jobs will be cut from the department, which has 7000 staff in 100 locations in Australia and throughout the world.

The skilled migrant intake, which was slashed by 14 per cent in March to protect local jobs, is likely to be cut further in the budget.

Australia's refugee intake will increase by 250 to 13,750, as projected in last year's budget.

Managers have been asked to discuss voluntary redundancies with staff and there will be some natural attrition, but involuntary redundancies are also a possibility.

The department will also be forced to shave more than $50 million from its $1.1 billion annual budget, with $20 million to $30 million to come from IT savings.

Despite the cost savings needed, the department is forced to spend millions of dollars to process asylum seekers on remote Christmas Island.

More than 200 people, including interpreters, lawyers and 38 department staff, are on the island to support the 270 asylum seekers.

The cost of a return ticket on a commercial flight to Christmas Island, 2600 kilometres from Perth, is almost $2000.

The Community and Public Sector Union has accused the Federal Government of hypocrisy for slashing its own workforce while urging private sector bosses to retain staff.

The Government imposed a 3.25 per cent "efficiency dividend" for this financial year, which required each department to cut spending by the same percentage.

With a reduction in the skilled migration intake, it is believed many of the cuts to Immigration Department staff could fall in the visa processing areas.

Less than a year after increasing the skilled migrant intake to record levels, the Government responded to the global financial crisis by reducing the intake from 133,500 to 115,000 for the 2008-09 financial year.

It is believed the number will be cut further in the budget to less than 110,000 next financial year.

Employer applications for 457 visas have also fallen because of the global financial crisis. The number of temporary skilled migrants entering Australia fell by 35 per cent in March.

In March the Immigration Department secretary, Andrew Metcalfe, warned staff in a leaked internal memo that the department needed to reduce its budget for next year and potentially beyond.

"We have to start acting now to identify savings and reduce expenditure," his email said.

The department's staffing levels rose to record levels after 2005, due to reforms introduced after the Cornelia Rau and Vivian Alvarez Solon detention scandals.

The latest job cuts come on top of about 250 job losses last year, after a so-called "financial health check".

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