The 2016 Census was the ABS's biggest job of the year, and its biggest bundle.
The 2016 Census was the ABS's biggest job of the year, and its biggest bundle. Will Hunter

Australian Bureau of Statistics staff told 150 jobs will go

THE Australian Bureau of Statistics will shed up to 150 jobs through voluntary redundancies as it struggles to deal with a diminishing budget, according to unions.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) claimed staff were briefed by management on Friday morning and has criticised the Federal Government for "short-sighted budget decisions".

The ABS has faced public criticism after its botched handling of the 2016 census and a 40-hour website outage that saw thousands of Australians unable to complete forms on August 9.

In an email to ABS staff, chief operating officer Jonathan Palmer called for expressions of interest and said most offers would be made before February 9.

Mr Palmer said the redundancies were needed to "transform the workforce for the future and manage effectively within our budget".

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