Australia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will cut 60 jobs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will cut 60 positions.
With the impact on Australia’s diplomatic influence in the Indo-Pacific region Worries are growing, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will cut 60 jobs in Canberra and overseas.
The layoffs took place a few weeks after Prime Minister Morrison announced an increase of 270 billion defense spending, when he said Australia was facing the most difficult strategic environment after the end of World War II.
The Liberal MP Dave Sharma issued a warning for the DFAT budget this week, calling for increased funding for diplomacy to match the strengthening of national defense.
Some top foreign policy experts have also called on the Morrison government to increase diplomatic and foreign aid budgets to ensure that Australia does not become irrelevant in the Indo-Pacific region.
According to multiple sources, DFAT will cut 50 jobs in Canberra and 10 jobs from 8 overseas institutions.
All positions are management level 1 or 2, which means that they are the lowest level of management.
DFAT plans to achieve reductions through natural downsizing and reconfiguration, and will not impose strong sanctions.