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Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Page: 4361


Mr GRAY (Brand—Special Minister of State and Minister for the Public Service and Integrity) (17:45): 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: Integrated fit-out of new leased premises for the Australian Taxation Office at the site known as 913 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill, Victoria.

The Australian Tax Office—ATO—proposes to undertake an integrated fit-out of new leased premises at 913 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill, Victoria. The ATO has a substantial presence in the Box Hill region and is currently located in a building at 990 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill, which has a lease in place that expires on 30 June 2014. It is expected that relocation into a new building will provide the ATO with considerable advantages in terms of building design, operational performance and operating cost efficiencies, and long-term viability through improvement in building infrastructure. The estimated out-turn cost of the proposal is $36 million plus GST. The developer will commence building works on site in June 2012, with demolition and excavation for the basement areas being the first tasks. Subject to parliamentary approval, the proposed integrated fit-out works are scheduled to start in May 2013 and be completed by 1 April 2014. The ATO is expected to commence occupancy of the building in April 2014. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.