CHARLES Sturt University staff impacted by job cuts have now been told their fate, but the final number of positions to be axed remains unknown.
On Wednesday CSU released 'draft change proposals' to all staff which included details on the departments that would see cuts during phase one.
"All staff with roles identified to be impacted have had conversations with their manager," CSU acting vice chancellor Professor John Germov said.
"The change proposals are now open for consultation with staff for three weeks.
"Final numbers of impacted roles will not be known until our consultation under the Enterprise Agreement process is complete."
The identified roles for job cuts during phase one include staff in:
- Information technology
- Office of the Provost, which includes the Division of Library Services and Division of Learning and Teaching, but excludes faculties
- Division of Students, including food and beverage
- Office of the vice chancellor, including Office of Governance and corporate affairs
- Division of People and Culture
Phase two of job cuts will be in the faculties and include teaching staff and administration staff who work there.
In early June, CSU rejected a national job protection plan to save staff and said it would instead axe up to 145 positions from the multi-campus university.
Professor Germov said the draft change proposals focus on continuing staff positions, however there will also be impacts to senior, fixed-term contract and casual staff.
He said staff will be able to express an interest in: Voluntary redundancy; permanent reduction in fraction; job swap with a person in a similar position who would prefer to leave; and pre-retirement contracts.
Earlier this month, CSU announced it would axe 600 subjects from its offerings and that, together with the job cuts, comes ahead of a projected $49.5 million budget deficit.
Professor Germov said the deficit was due, in a large part, to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the university's Sustainable Futures program, which commenced on May 4, was to "remediate our financial position, and ensure we are sustainable well into the future".
Despite the cuts, Professor Germov told Australian Community Media that the university would not "walk away from any campus".