Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    Suburban centres targeted in next stage of Govt office reform

    27/06/2012 12:00 AM
    • Plans for relocation of 80,000sqm of office space to Stirling, Fremantle and Murdoch
    • Savings from stage 1 of master plan on track to hit target of $20-25m p.a. by 2015

    Finance Minister Simon O’Brien today announced plans to relocate 80,000sqm of government office space from the CBD to Stirling, Fremantle and Murdoch in the second stage of the State Government’s office accommodation reforms.


    With the successful relocation of almost 5,000 public servants under the first stage of the Government Office Accommodation Master Plan, the Minister said work could now start on business cases for the decentralisation of key Government agencies.


    Under the plan, head office functions of the departments of Commerce and Housing would relocate to Stirling and Fremantle respectively, as anchor tenants for Government office centres in these areas. Key divisions of WA Police would relocate to a purpose-built facility at Murdoch.


    “Perth’s CBD remains the tightest - and most expensive - office market in the nation, a situation that shows no signs of easing any time soon,” Mr O’Brien said.


    “But the move to decentralise and consolidate Government office space is about more than fulfilling our commitment to deliver significant cost savings in the years ahead.  It will stimulate a new wave of economic and social activity in these ‘host’ suburbs and, importantly, result in improved public access to Government services.”


    The exact location of each site will be determined in business cases to be compiled over the next 12 months.  These will canvass a range of options, from fully government-owned to commercially leased buildings.


    The Minister said annual savings from the first stage of the Government’s office accommodation reforms were expected to reach $18million by 2012-13, a significant step towards the targeted $20-$25million a year in savings by 2015.


    “Thanks to economical fit-outs, we have also avoided the need for a further 7,000sqm of office space - worth more than $4million in today’s market,” he said.


    Mr O’Brien said plans were under way for the relocation of other agencies to Joondalup, with further details to be released by the end of the year.


    As part of the Executive and Central Government precinct identified in the first stage of the master plan, a business case is also being prepared for the development of a new office building on land within the Dumas House site in West Perth.


          Fact File

    • The Government Office Accommodation Master Plan is aligned with the Western Australian Planning Commission’s Directions 2031 planning strategy
    • The first stage of master planning involved the relocation & consolidation of almost 5,000 public servants from 17 locations & 23 agencies into Government-owned & long-term lease buildings
    • For more information on the master plan & savings achieved to date, visit: http://www.finance.wa.gov.au/governmentofficeaccommodation

    Minister’s office - 6552 5800