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Australian Taxation Office public servants told redundancy pay-outs not an entitlement

The Australian Taxation Office’s 24,000 workers have been told by their bosses that redundancy pay-outs are not an entitlement.

Details of the Office’s redundancy program, which is looking to cut 900 jobs in the next four months, have been supplied to the ATO’s workforce, who have been asked to “self-assess” themselves for the “Enterprise Workforce Refresh” program.

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According to the memo from Second Commissioner of Taxation Geoff Leeper, hiring restrictions, the use of temporary workers, contract workers and “natural attrition” were helping with the jobs cull.

“Together these will get us some way towards our budgetary target, however at this time we estimate that we will need in the order of 500 voluntary redundancies to achieve the required 30 June 2014 outcome,” Mr Leeper wrote.

Tax officials were told that those working in regional and smaller offices and business units that had become top heavy with higher ranking public servants would be more likely to be successful in an application for redundancy.

High performers were warned that their chances of scoring a payout were not good.

Applications close on February 21 and all voluntary redundancies are set to be completed by June 30.