The Australian government announced Thursday (Mar. 3) a review of remuneration packages offered to public servants working overseas as Australian aid advisers.
Currently, public servants from more than 11 Australian agencies are deployed overseas as advisers within the aid program.
The review follows an earlier assessment of technical adviser positions in AusAID’s bilateral aid programs, which led to a 25 percent cut in the pay of all commercially contracted AusAID advisers.
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“Whilst this first framework covers the vast majority of overseas aid advisers, a similar approach is also needed in regards to the remuneration of Australian Government deployees engaged as advisers as part of the aid program,” Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said in a statement.
He added: “The aim of this review will be to standardise terms and conditions for Australian Public Service (APS) employees deployed overseas as advisers under the aid program, to ensure maximum accountability, efficiency and effectiveness.”
The review will be conducted by AusAID and is expected to be completed by September.
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