LA TROBE administrative staff are set to be among the first affected by the university's $62 million cost-cutting reform.
The university has outlined sweeping changes to its administration functions, and an overhaul of faculties and staff departments, in a range of measures to save money.
Vice Chancellor John Dewar said the restructure would affect all campuses, including Bendigo.
Professor Dewar told staff last Friday the changes were designed to make the university more modern and "more agile”.
The meeting detailed the first steps of a restructure that will slash between $52 million and $62 million from the university's budget over the next two years.
Professor Dewar described the reform as a “root and branch renewal” and said it was a necessary measure to avoid an expected shortfall.
He said the forecast losses were a result of a combination of lower enrolments from international students and cuts from federal government funding.
“The funding environment is rapidly changing,” he said. “We recognise at La Trobe that we need to change with the times and that time is now.”
Professor Dewar said the university has identified 20 projects where they could find savings.
One of the key areas earmarked for review was its support service delivery.
Management have told staff all internal administrative functions would be simplified and standardised.
Academics have also been put on notice, with plans to boost teaching quality and “ensure quality and efficiency of teaching and research”.
The moves come on the back of a report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers that found the university was set to lose up to $62.5 million by 2015.
The university has yet to make any announcements on the number of job losses or course closures.
The National Tertiary Education Union have warned that up to 500 staff may be affected. NTEU La Trobe branch president Virginia Mansell Lees said there were ongoing fears for staff and concerns faculties could be merged.
La Trobe have published the initial plans of its restructure at www.latrobe.edu.au/about/vision