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Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Page: 183

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

(Question No. 537)


Mr Fitzgibbon To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources :

In respect of the impending relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to Armidale in the electoral division of New England, (a) how many staff members has the APVMA lost since October 2014 when he first announced it would be relocated, (b) how did he calculate the cost of $24.1 million for the relocation, (c) has he revised this cost; if so, what is the revised sum, and (d) will he commit to releasing the cost-benefit analysis of the relocation, once Cabinet has completed its deliberations.


Mr Joyce: The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(a) From 1 October 2014 to 30 November 2016, 68 ongoing employees and 31 non-ongoing employees have ceased employment with the APVMA.

(b) The cost was calculated using the standard costing process for budget decisions. The cost comprises staff costs, relocation costs, property costs and other incidental expenses.

(c) The revised cost is $25.6 million.

(d) The cost benefit and risk analysis was released on 25 November 2016.