NORTH East-based defence staff face a tense waiting game as the federal government looks to axe at least 1000 jobs across the nation.
Indi has the third highest number of defence employees in Victoria, including more than 200 civilians, prompting Indi MP Cathy McGowan to seek a briefing with Defence Minister Kevin Andrews.
Ms McGowan said she would also visit the Bandiana barracks this month.
It follows the release of the First Prinicples defence review that will see the government act on 75 of its 76 recommendations over two years.
The public sector workforce will lose at least 1000 jobs.
The cuts will be planned over the next three months.
The department has said the cuts would be targeted to “relate to specific initiatives”.
Ms McGowan said North East staff would have to wait for implementation plan to “hear what it means for us here”.
“I’m seeking a briefing from Mr Andrews on what will be done for people who lose their jobs,” she said.
Government data show Indi has 1696 Australian Defence Organisation employees, including 223 civilians.
The review has recommended the Defence Materiel Organisation, the department’s acquisition arm, be wound up, with the task of buying equipment absorbed into a smaller acquisition group.
The 108-page report found Defence suffered from too many structures, processes and systems, resulting in institutionalised waste, delay and duplication.
Defence has more than 200 committees. The number of senior leaders has increased from 201 in 1998 to 374 last year. Eighty per cent of managers supervise fewer than five staff and up to 12 bureaucratic layers are common.
The joint leadership of the defence force chief and department secretary will stay.
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