In an email to all DoHA staff, departmental secretary Jane Halton said everyone would need to work together to urgently save money.
She said the Federal Government’s recent decisions to cut Executive Level and Senior Executive Service staff across the Australian Public Service, and to increase to the efficiency dividend, meant jobs must go.
She said staff numbers need to be reduced by 400 full-time positions in the next 12 months in order to meet the department’s budget.
“We also need to position ourselves for further efficiency dividend reductions starting in the 2014-15 financial year,” she said.
Those who remain in jobs will be asked to look at reapplying or dropping down classification levels.