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Thursday, 16 February 2017
Page: 1289

Mr McCORMACK (RiverinaMinister for Small Business) (10:40): I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Proposed fit-out of leased premises for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, 15 William Street, Melbourne, Victoria.

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal proposes to undertake a fit-out of its leased premises at 15 William Street, Melbourne, Victoria, to accommodate the amalgamated Administrative Appeals Tribunal. In the 2014-15 federal budget, the government announced that the Migration Review Tribunal, the Refugee Review Tribunal and the Social Security Appeals Tribunal would be amalgamated with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. This amalgamation delivers savings through operational efficiencies by consolidating property holdings and streamlining 'back office' administrative processes. The Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015 gives legislative effect to that policy.

The move to a single location for the tribunal in Melbourne will allow for resources to be rationalised, particularly in the sharing of public facilities such as hearing and conference rooms across jurisdictions. The project will provide new working accommodation for tribunal staff and members, and hearing rooms and other facilities necessary for the conduct of administrative reviews. The design of the new fit-out will allow the amalgamated Administrative Appeals Tribunal to improve services to clients by using new technologies to deliver services more efficiently and effectively and by providing a single point of access for most Commonwealth merit reviews. The estimated total cost of the project is $15.68 million, excluding GST, which includes construction costs, management and design fees, furniture, fittings, workstations, staff costs, contingencies and escalation allowances.

Subject to parliamentary approval of the project, construction is expected to begin in mid-2017 with practical completion scheduled for late 2017. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.