As part of an organisational reform program to meet the challenges and opportunities of the new contestable funding environment in tertiary education, Victoria University will reduce administrative staff numbers over the next three months.
A voluntary separation program has been set in place to achieve savings to the University's budget.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins said the program aimed to reduce the number of staff in administrative roles to improve the ratio of academic staff to general staff in accordance with sector benchmarks.
"The program has been negotiated in close co-operation with the National Tertiary Education Union and we will go out of our way to avoid forced redundancies," Professor Dawkins said.
"Importantly, there will be no cuts to teaching positions as part of this program. Only general staff – those not in teaching and research positions – will be eligible to apply.
"The organisational reform program will rebalance investments between the academic and general staffing levels. To do this we will review business support processes, retaining only those that are directly aligned to the University's mission. We will then review our support structure to ensure that these processes are delivered in the most effective manner.
"No target has been set for the number of redundancies, which will be determined by the need to improve efficiency and to reduce the number of administrative staff in relation to academic staff.
"In some areas staff affected by the organisational change will be offered redeployment within the University."
Professor Dawkins said the voluntary redundancies formed part of the organisational reform to take place over the next five years.
Other planks in the reform program are:
- a focus on the core mission of the Strategic Plan to strengthen and improve learning and teaching, the student experience, research, and knowledge exchange
- a five-year financial plan which will reduce red tape and inefficiencies to ensure the strategic management of resources
- enhancements to People and Culture programs to support and develop staff
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