The Australian Government will provide $26.8 million over three years towards new accommodation for the Department of Social Services, keeping more than 1800 staff from the Department in Tuggeranong.
Zed Seselja, Liberal Senator for Canberra, said the announcement delivers certainty for the Tuggeranong community who have lobbied hard to keep the department in the area.
“This is fantastic news for the community who expressed grave concerns about the department moving out of Tuggeranong,” Senator Seselja said.
“The Government will provide more than $26 million in capital for fit-out and project costs of the department, delivering certainty for the local economy.
“The department has been in Tuggeranong since 1991 and its presence has played an important role in sustaining local businesses.
“This announcement will deliver a real boost for the Tuggeranong business community.”
Senator Seselja said the funding will enable the department to consolidate from three separate buildings in Tuggeranong and save more than $7 million in national office accommodation costs each year from 2017 onwards.
“Rebuilding will not only help the local community, it will provide significant long-term savings to the government—in just the first year, the department will save an estimated 20 per cent in its national office accommodation costs alone,” Senator Seselja said.
It is anticipated the project will be considered by the Standing Committee on Public Works later this year.