May 23, 2022

Australia’s National Library and National Archives Plan to Cut 21 Jobs

From the The Sydney Morning Herald:

More staff will be cut from Canberra’s national institutions, as the National Capital Authority increases parking fees to maintain Australia’s treasures.

On balance, 21 full-time jobs will be shed from the institutions, despite many receiving more money from the federal government.

The National Library will lose 12 staff, while the National Archives will lose 10.


The National Archives received a 1.3 per cent funding cut this year, although $1.8 million will be cut from its budget over the next five years as part of $20.3 million worth of “efficiencies” from the attorney-general’s portfolio that will be redirected to “repair the budget and fund policy priorities”.

The library will actually receive 7 per cent more federal funding than last year despite the staff cuts, while the Portrait Gallery and the National Museum will each see a 8 per cent increase.

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