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Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Page: 518

Dr Southcott asked the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services, in writing, on 4 December 2008:

In respect of the Government’s decision to close the Centrelink Office in Currie Street, Adelaide: (a) when was this decision made; (b) why was it made; (c) where will the job seekers who attended this office now be serviced; and (d) to where will the Career Information Centre be relocated.

Ms Plibersek (Minister for Housing and Minister for the Status of Women) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   On 21 November 2008, the landlord served Centrelink with a notice to vacate the building by 24 December 2008. The landlord’s eviction notice was acknowledged on 24 November 2008 and acted upon by Centrelink.

(b)   The existing lease at 55 Currie Street expired on 31 July 2008. Centrelink has been negotiating a lease renewal at 55 Currie Street since November 2007, but has been unsuccessful in agreeing to terms with the landlord.

(c)   Approximately 80 per cent of the customers who regularly use Currie Street do not live in the Adelaide CBD and these customers continue to have access to their local Customer Service Centre (CSC). The current customer base will be serviced by a combination of appropriately targeted out servicing and CSCs. Within six kilometres of the Adelaide CBD there are three CSCs, at Norwood (3.37km), Torrensville (2.82km) and Enfield (5.68km). Customers who visit the Adelaide CSC are advised of the changes and letters have been sent to customers who will be allocated to new offices advising them of those new arrangements.

(d)   Centrelink will relocate the Career Information Centre to Naylor House in Pulteney Street, Adelaide.