DFAT staffing cuts — brain drain (or gain) for Australian aid?

A man wearing a shirt with the Australian Agency for International Development logo speaks to a team composed of doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health practitioners that will respond to Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will cut a total of 500 staff, which includes former AusAID employees. Photo by: DFAT / CC BY

It is less than two months before the July 1 deadline set by the Abbott government in Australia to complete the integration process of the now-defunct AusAID into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade — a situation that, according to some insiders, could very well make or break Australian aid.

While many details regarding the integration process have yet to be hashed out, DFAT has confirmed it will cut a total of about 500 staff (including former AusAID employees). Although a handful have applied for voluntary redundancies that have been received until April, uncertainty among staff remains very high.

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    Lean Alfred Santos

    Lean Alfred Santos is a former Devex development reporter focusing on the development community in Asia-Pacific, including major players such as the Asian Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. He previously covered Philippine and international business and economic news, sports and politics.