The Department of Defence is planning to cut more than 100 staff from its research and development arm, known as the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group.
The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) revealed the proposed job cuts on Thursday, which represent just under eight percent of DST’s total workforce.
The cuts will impact a total of 111 positions within six of the seven research division at what is Australia’s second largest public-funded R&D organisation after the CSIRO.
Only the cyber and electronic warfare division has been spared, according to documents sighted by iTnews.
The intelligence, surveillance and space division, martime division and aerospace division are the hardest hit, accounting for 76 of the “voluntary” redundancies.
Almost all the positions on the chopping block are located in South Australia (60) and Victoria (44), with the remainder situated in NSW and the ACT.
CPSU said the cuts were