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State workers could move

11/06/2009 - 00:00

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A KEY component of the government's 'Works Reform Business Solution Plan' earmarks the relocation of thousands of public sector workers from the city's government buildings to new locations.

State workers could move

A KEY component of the government's 'Works Reform Business Solution Plan' earmarks the relocation of thousands of public sector workers from the city's government buildings to new locations.

Treasurer Troy Buswell last week suggested the move of staff from the CBD was one of the plan's primary initiatives.

"I always stress we're not talking about a mass exodus of government sector workers out of the Perth CBD, we're talking about a structured approach to deliver better value for money to the taxpayer and I think potentially improve the work environment for our staff," Mr Buswell said.

"There are effectively 30,000 office-based workstations in the WA public sector workforce.

"Two thirds of those are currently located in the Perth CBD. My desire is to explore the options to move, where appropriate, government workers out of the CBD into other suitable locations."

While the number of staff that would move and exactly where they would move to were yet to be finalised, Mr Buswell confirmed the potential return to government coffers from the leasing of government-owned buildings currently housing government workers was a motivating factor in the reforms.

"Previous approaches to office accommodation was ... fragemented, fragmented not only in relation to approaches to leases but also approaches to office fit-outs," Mr Buswell said. "Better management of office fit-outs and moving public servants out of the CBD could also deliver significant savings."

Last December, the government moved the Works portfolio into the Department of Treasury and Finance to draw together expertise on infrastructure planning, budgeting, project management and procurement.

The government will spend about $60 million over four years developing this expertise while centralising procurement, project management and building maintenance but claims it will save about $280 million over the same timeframe.

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