23/11/2012 - 14:56

Government continues office consolidation plan

23/11/2012 - 14:56

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Government continues office consolidation plan

Finance Minister Simon O’Brien has announced around 10,000 square metres of state government office space will be moved to Joondalup.

Mr O’Brien said the Department of Finance would work with agencies over the next few months to confirm their needs and an expression of interest would then be put to market.

Around 600 staff will be moved under the plan, the Minister said.

The plan is part of the state govenrment’s ambitions to save up to $25 million per year by moving office accommodation from the inner city to suburban locations.

The plan was first launched in 2010, when 5,000 public servants from 18 locations and 23 agencies were shifted into new facilities in Perth, West Perth, East Perth and Osborne Park.

In June Mr O’Brien announced that staff would move from approximately 80,000 square metres of office space in the CBD to Murdoch, Stirling and Fremantle. 

That was followed by a July announcement that the government was expanding its office consolidation plan to the regions, with Mandurah, Busselton and Northam the first country towns to be included in the cost-saving initiative.

“Perth’s CBD office market remains extremely tight, and there is an opportunity for government to achieve significant savings through the decentralisation and consolidation of office accommodation,” Mr O’Brien said.

“However it is more than just savings – it will also result in improved public access to government services, and decentralisation will help stimulate economic and social activity at metropolitan locations.”

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