The Canberra Times | 3 July 2013
Between budget cuts revealed in October’s midyear economic forecast and the efficiency dividend in the federal budget, the ANU is forecast to lose $23 million next year and $28 million in 2015.
The package of budget measures announced by vice-chancellor Young at a meeting with staff and students on 2July includes a voluntary early retirement scheme to ageing academics, a student recruitment drive, increased fees for international student and energy savings.
Young told the meeting the university was approaching the budget cuts ”as a catalyst for change, renewal and growth” and he announced an immediate pay increase of 2 per cent for all ANU staff, and a further 2 per cent increase to be paid next year at a cost of $15 million each year.
Young will donate $50,000 of his $670,000 salary to the university and the entire executive will donate 2% of their salaries.
A voluntary early retirement scheme would be open to academic and professional staff aged over 55 and professional staff numbers would be cut by 10%, or 230 staff, to deliver savings of $20.9 million to the recurrent budget by 2015.
A student recruitment drive to increase undergraduate student numbers to 2550 commencing students by 2015 will generate $7 million, while international students will pay an extra 5 per cent to study at the ANU from next year and an extra 10 per cent by 2015.
An energy review and implementation of a campus-wide energy reduction scheme, and changes to purchasing and managing travel, computers, software, phones, cars, printing and publishing, and use of recruitment agencies are aimed at saving $2 million a year.
Reserved parking charges across campus will rise from $800 a year to $1400 a year.