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DFAT axes contractual workers as budget faces ‘structural problems’ – ABC News

A former DFAT contractor says small groups of people were pulled into meetings and informed their contracts were being terminated because of “budget constraints”.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has axed dozens of contract staff as it faces mounting internal anxieties over its financial woes.
Key points:

  • One contractor told the ABC about 100 people had been let go, following 60 full-time staff
  • The Opposition has criticised the Federal Government’s increased use of outside contractors
  • DFAT’s head has said the department faces “significant pressure” on its budget, especially in light of COVID-19

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