Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    Government departments to move to Joondalup

    23/11/2012 12:00 AM
     

    • State Government searches for 10,000sqm of office space
    • Government on track to save $25million a year in office accommodation
    Finance Minister Simon O’Brien today confirmed plans to decentralise and relocate about 10,000sqm of State Government office space to Joondalup. 
     
    Under the plans, more than 600 staff will be relocated in the State Government’s drive to achieve significant savings in its office accommodation costs.
     
    “In the next few months, the Department of Finance will be working with agencies to confirm their needs and an expression of interest will then be put to the market,” Mr O’Brien said.
     
    It is part of the Government’s Office Accommodation Master Plan which began in 2010.  So far, under the first stage of the plan, close to 5,000 public servants from 18 locations and 23 agencies have been consolidated into office accommodation in Perth, West Perth, East Perth and Osborne Park. 
     
    With the announcement of Joondalup, the Government is actively advancing its plan to decentralise office accommodation from the Perth central business district.  Other metropolitan locations announced in June by the Minister are Stirling, Murdoch and Fremantle.
     
    “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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