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Bureau of Statistics to cut 100-plus jobs

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is cutting at least 100 jobs just months after the census debacle.

The ABS confirmed on Friday it was offering voluntary redundancies to its staff as it shifts away from manual processes following a $257 million government investment in modernising the bureau's ageing IT systems.

It expects to offer at least 100 packages to those with skills "not essential for the future".

"The voluntary redundancies are necessary as we transition from higher staffing levels required to implement the 2016 Census," a spokesperson told AAP.

The community and public sector union, which is being consulted about the changes, says it is concerned by the cuts.

"We are seriously concerned that the ABS is continually being forced to make decisions solely based on its meagre budget," CPSU's deputy national secretary Melissa Donnelly said in a statement.

Labor blamed the cuts on "mismanagement" by the federal government.

"The Turnbull government must immediately assure Australians that ABS staff are not losing their jobs because the government's 2016 Census failure blew a $30 million hole in the ABS's budget," shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh said in a statement.

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