SMALL Department of Primary Industries offices could yet get the chop as the Victorian Government continues to trim public sector jobs.
And concerns remain that more cuts could come after the Budget.
Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh this week could not rule out small offices being shut as a result of the job cuts announced early this year.
He said senior DPI managers had been given the task of allocating resources to fulfil core DPI business objectives.
The Weekly Times understands more than 20 of the 68 DPI regional offices have fewer than eight staff.
It is understood DPI secretary Jeff Rosewarne told staff that closing offices with fewer than eight staff might be considered when cutting the budget.
Community and Public Sector Union Victorian secretary Karen Batt said there was confusion about exactly how many jobs were to go.
She said 400 staff to go as part of the Sustainable Government Initiative might not include staff whose contracts expire on June 30 and would not be renewed.
In a note to members the CPSU said the DPI was conducting a review into metropolitan and regional sites to determine whether to keep sites open.
Ms Batt said closing regional sites would hit regional jobs and have a negative effect on local economies.
A government spokeswoman said the Sustainable Government Initiative measures announced by the Treasurer in December included the lapsing of some fixed-term positions.
"The Nationals are always banging on about how national parks are poor neighbours, then they cut staff," Mr Roberts said.