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Thursday, 22 September 2011
Page: 6935

National Water Commission

(Question No. 920)

Senator Joyce asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 17 August 2011:

In regard to the National Water Commission (NWC), can a list be provided of all office locations that the NWC leases or owns, including the following details for each location:

(a) office size;

(b) if leased, annual lease payments and lease cost per square metre;

(c) if leased, the length of the lease, including any options to terminate the


(d) the value of any buildings owned; and

(e) depreciation costs on buildings that are owned.

Senator Conroy: The Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The National Water Commission is wholly located in Canberra in one Grade C classified office building.

(a) 1,151 square metres.

(b) annual lease base rental for office accommodation is $495,041 (GST inclusive) which equates to $430.10 (GST inclusive) per square metre.

(c) the lease agreement term expires on 30 June 2014; the lease can be terminated should the lesser fail to maintain the building in a condition fit for use and in compliance with relevant Australian standards.

(d) no buildings are owned by the Commission.

(e) not applicable.