Immigration job losses may cause longer processing

IMMIGRATION

Immigration says it is being forced to cull public servants.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has cut 300 jobs from immigration leading to heavier workloads for current staff. The government confirmed this week that it will reduce it’s staffing cap by 305 and coupled with this, a hiring freeze means no replacements will be hired to make up for the staff that are leaving.

Immigration says it is being forced to cull public servants after its budget was cut by $116 million, or nearly 5 per cent, in the 2016-17 financial year and that voluntary redundancies will begin to be offered by late October.

This cut in staff members is likely to lead to longer processing on current visa applications across a range of visas.