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Tuesday, 29 November 2005
Page: 123


Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for Education, Science and Training, in writing, on 10 October 2005:

(1)   Does the CSIRO let space at any of its facilities in Australia; if so, is the leasing of space at CSIRO facilities managed centrally or on a site-by-site basis and, if it is not managed centrally, can he explain how the leases are monitored and managed.

(2)   Does the CSIRO let space to (a) other public agencies and tertiary institutions, (b) private companies, and (c) any subsidiary companies, joint ventures or other companies in which the CSIRO has a commercial interest; if so, what are the organisations and what space at which sites is leased to them.

(3)   Does the CSIRO obtain an assessment of comparable commercial rents, including the specialist equipment, before it lets space.

(4)   How does the CSIRO determine ongoing commercial rentals and will he provide relevant documents held by the CSIRO or his department dated prior to 30 June 2005 that state the method and personnel involved in establishing fair commercial rental rates.

(5)   Will he provide details for leased space at all CSIRO locations in Australia including (a) the location, (b) the nature of the facilities leased (e.g. office space, ‘clean’ rooms, laboratory), (c) the company or organisation to whom the space is leased, (d) the area leased, (e) rent per square metre, (f) the length of lease, and (g) whether the rental can be renegotiated throughout the duration of the lease.

(6)   What commercial benchmarks in terms of rental costs does the CSIRO apply.

(7)   Is there a single model for rental calculations or are these adopted on a case-by-case basis and will he provide evidence of the application of this process in respect of all current leases.

(8)   Are all leases monitored for ‘value for money’ and benchmarked against relevant commercial rates and will he provide documentary evidence of this process in respect of all current leases.


Dr Nelson (Minister for Education, Science and Training) —The Minister for Education, Science and Training has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

(1)   CSIRO does let space within some of its facilities across Australia. The management of CSIRO’s property is performed through its Corporate Property group based in Canberra. Management of and information on occupancy agreements is administered and monitored by Corporate Property. Assistance with day to day facilities management is provided by Regional Facility Managers and Site Managers.

(2)   CSIRO does let space to other public agencies, tertiary institutions, private companies, subsidiary companies and joint ventures. CSIRO currently has 139 occupancy agreements across Australia. A Schedule of Lettings including the organisations, accommodation categories and site locations is attached.

(3)   CSIRO’s facilities in many instances are specialised and comparable commercial rentals often do not exist. CSIRO Corporate Property negotiates rentals with proposed tenants and such rentals are based on comparable commercial rentals (where they exist); rental assessments by valuers and / or consultation with the property industry; return on value of facility; and awareness/evaluation of other lettings by other institutions.

(4)   CSIRO Corporate Property negotiates rentals with proposed tenants and such rentals are based on comparable commercial rentals (where they exist); rental assessments by valuers and / or consultation with the property industry; return on value of facility; and awareness/evaluation of other lettings by other institutions. The ongoing rentals are periodically reviewed. Short term agreements, (e.g. up to five years) will often contain a CPI or fixed percentage rental increase component. Longer term arrangements will have a market / negotiated rental review with the process involving a reassessment of the rental undertaken, consistent with the process of assessing the rental at the commencement of the agreement.

(5)   See answer to question (2). CSIRO Corporate Property has an agreement with each tenant and these agreements are under separate confidential contracts.

(6)   No commercial benchmarks apply to the letting of research facilities. The Australian Government has a property framework that sets various benchmarks by which CSIRO abides.

(7)   Rentals are calculated on a case-by-case basis, given the requirements will always vary, the type of premises let will vary, and the level of support/servicing will also vary.

(8)   All lease agreements aim to achieve value for money to CSIRO. Where possible commercial rental rates are used as a base. These lease agreements are under separate confidential contracts. Attachment 1 Schedule of Lettings

Organisation

Accommodation category

Location

(CSIRO Site)

AUSLIG

Telecommunications

Alice Springs

Ecological Society of Australia

Office

Alice Springs

Ninti One Ltd

Research & Admin.

Alice Springs

AllStock Technology P/L

Land & Production

Armidale

Chemicon Australia P/L

Research & Production

Armidale

Cicerone Project Incorporated

Research

Armidale

Lockheed Martin P/L

Satellite Tracking

Armidale

New England Artificial Breeders

Land & Production

Armidale

Southern New England Rural Counselling Services

Offices

Armidale

University of New England

Storage

Armidale

Atherton Tablelands Sustainable Region Adv. Comm.

Offices

Atherton

Earthwatch Institute

Research

Atherton

CAMBIA

Research & Administration

Black Mountain

CSIROCare

Childcare

Black Mountain

Epicorp Limited

Incubator Facility

Black Mountain

Australian War Memorial

Telecommunications

Campbell

3GIS P/L

Telecommunications

Cannon Hill

AorTech Biomaterials P/L

Research

Clayton

Aurora Vehicle Association Inc

Research

Clayton

Biobar P/L

Storage

Clayton

CSIROCare

Childcare

Clayton

Members Education Credit Union

Retail (ATM)

Clayton

Optical Engineering Associates P/L

Research

Clayton

Optus Mobile P/L

Telecommunications

Clayton

State Electricity Commission of Victoria

Electricity Sub-station

Clayton

QLD Department of Environment & Heritage (QPWS)

Storage

Cleveland

*

Land - Grazing

Culgoora

Ionespheric Prediction Service

Telescope

Culgoora

University of Sydney

Land

Culgoora

CCNT - NT Property Management

Offices

Darwin

Fugro Holdings (Aust) P/L

Research & Administration.

Floreat

Optus Mobile P/L

Telecommunications

Floreat

Telstra Corporation Limited

Telecommunications

Floreat

WA Department of Land Administration

Offices

Floreat

Australian Plague Locusts Commission

Telecommunications

Ginninderra

Broadcast Australia

Telecommunications

Ginninderra

Optus Mobile P/L

Telecommunications

Ginninderra

Telstra Corporation Limited

Telecommunications

Ginninderra

SA Primary Industries & Resources

Offices

Glen Osmond

Provisor P/L

Research & Admin

Glen Osmond

Irrigation Research & Ext. Commission

Offices

Griffith

*

Production

Griffith

Environment ACT

Research & Admin

Gungahlin

Pest Animal CRC

Research

Gungahlin

Pestat Ltd

Research & Admin

Gungahlin

Hyssil P/L

Research

Highett

Members Education Credit Union

Retail (ATM)

Highett

Hydro-Electric Commission

Electricity Sub-station

Hobart

QLD Department of Natural Resources & Mines

Research & Administration

Indooroopilly

Xenome Limited

Research & Administration

Indooroopilly

AARNET Pty Ltd

Administration

Kensington

CO2 CRC

Research

Kensington

Curtin University

Research

Kensington

Curtin University

Research

Kensington

LEME CRC

Research

Kensington

PMD CRC

Research

Kensington

R2D3

Research

Kensington

SRP Management Ltd

Research

Kensington

WA Department of Conservation & Land Management

Office

Kensington

Energy Australia

Electricity Sub-station

Lindfield

Ku-ring-gai Council

Child care centre

Lindfield

NSW Department of Fair Trading

Research & Administration

Lindfield

Anglo Aust. Telescope Board

Research

Marsfield

Epitactix P/L

Research

Marsfield

Sydney County Council

Utility

Marsfield

CIRAD

Research

Montpellier

Riding for the Disabled

Community

Mt Gambier

Rammore P/L

Retail

Parkes

*

Grazing

Parkes

EvoGenix

Research

Parkville

CRC for Intell Manuf Systems

Research

Preston

Advanced Mining Technologies

Research

Pullenvale

Alcan Engineering P/L

Research

Pullenvale

Applied Mining Technologies P/L

Research

Pullenvale

Australian Black Coal Utilisation Research

Research

Pullenvale

Australian Centre for Mining Environmental Research

Research

Pullenvale

*

Sewerage Facility

Pullenvale

Centre for Low Emission Technologies

Research

Pullenvale

Cheron Infrastructure P/L

Research

Pullenvale

ComEnergy

Research

Pullenvale

Crown Castle Australia P/L

Telecommunications

Pullenvale

Cutting Edge Technology P/L

Research

Pullenvale

GeoTek Solutions P/L

Research

Pullenvale

Hutchison 3G Australia P/L

Telecommunications

Pullenvale

Instinct TV P/L

Offices

Pullenvale

Jenkins-Kwan Technology P/L

Research

Pullenvale

Optus Mobile P/L

Telecommunications

Pullenvale

Rod Herbert Services P/L

Research

Pullenvale

Sandhurst Trustees Limited

Sewerage Facility

Pullenvale

Advanced Analytical Australia

Research & Administration

Riverside

AgriFor Scientific P/L

Research & Administration

Riverside

Avastra Limited

Research & Administration

Riverside

B & J Kesby P/L

Office

Riverside

BioSceptre International Ltd

Office

Riverside

Bluestream Enterprises P/L

Retail/Commercial

Riverside

Complete Health Chiropractic

Offices

Riverside

CSIROCare

Childcare

Riverside

Elizabeth Arden

Retail/Commercial

Riverside

Energy Australia

Electricity Sub-station

Riverside

Foodbank Australia Limited

Offices

Riverside

Good Health Solutions P/L

Retail/Commercial

Riverside

Industry Cuts

Retail/Commercial

Riverside

Instant Colour Design & Copy

Retail/Commercial

Riverside

Laboratories Credit Union

Retail/Commercial

Riverside

Macant P/L

Retail/Commercial

Riverside

Members Education Credit Union

Retail/Commercial

Riverside

Members Education Credit Union

Retail/Commercial

Riverside

Now Events & Communications

Retail/Commercial

Riverside

Pret P/L

Retail/Commercial

Riverside

Pynfelt P/L

Retail/Commercial

Riverside

Security & Property Management Services P/L

Offices

Riverside

Sydney Post Harvest Laboratory

Research

Riverside

XN Solutions Australia P/L

Storage

Riverside

Central Queensland University

Telecommunications

Rockhampton

QLD Department of Environment & Heritage

Offices

St Lucia

Australian Customs Service

Public Purpose

Townsville

Bureau of Sugar Experiment Station

Research

Townsville

Sugar Research & Development

Research

Townsville

QLD Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries

Research

Weipa

QLD Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries

Research

Weipa

Deakin University

Telecommunications

Werribee

AARNET P/L

Communications

Yarralumla

AMSAT

Offices

Yarralumla

Crown Castle Australia P/L

Telecommunications

Yarralumla

Diversity Arrays Technology P/L

Research

Yarralumla

Greening Australia

Offices

Yarralumla

Telstra Corporation Limited

Telecommunications

Yarralumla

* Names of individuals withheld for privacy reasons