The Conservation Department will spend about $12 million on its organisational review over two years for a project that intends to save $7m a year.
The figure includes $3.4m in "one-off costs" over the 2011-12 financial year, and a further $3m for the next financial year.
The department also had to pay more than $6m in redundancy costs, after laying off more than 96 staff in last year's restructuring.
Spokesman Rory Newsam said once complete, the process would eventually achieve "ongoing and permanent" savings of about $7m a year. The Budget allocated the department about $335m for the next financial year.
"We are able to meet our budget requirements for the coming financial year and still maintain our national targets for field work like pest control or threatened species work," Newsam said.
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