During an already devastating week for job losses across the tertiary sector, Australia’s biggest university, Monash University, is today beginning consultations about what it is calling voluntary separation packages.
An email was sent to staff late yesterday, confirming that 277 jobs will need to go.
Other universities have also confirmed they are shedding hundreds of jobs this week as they grapple with multi-million dollar losses because of the impact of COVID-19.
Australian National University will shed 465 positions, including 250 voluntary redundancies, while University of New South Wales will cut more than 250 staff.
Universities Australia estimates the sector could lose up to $16 billion over the next four years due to the loss of international students.
Duration: 3min 19sec
Broadcast: Thu 17 Sep 2020, 6:10am
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