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Wednesday, 11 December 2002
Page: 7807

Senator Hutchins asked the Minister for Finance and Administration, upon notice, on 22 October 2002:

Does the Government have any plans or strategies in place to strategically relocate any agencies, departments or buildings to provide jobs for the regions in need of them; if so: (a) would the Minister class the Central Coast region of New South Wales as one that is in need of the sort of jobs boost that could be achieved by relocating a Federal Government agency, department or building; and (b) can details be provided of any plans or strategies that may be in place to relocate any agencies, departments or buildings to the Central Coast to provide much needed jobs and a boost to the region's economy.

Senator Minchin (Minister for Finance and Administration) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The Government's strategy is to have Commonwealth agencies and departments located where they can administer programmes in the most efficient and effective way, having regard to the ability to provide services to their designated customer catchment area, whilst obtaining value for the taxpayer's money. The Government does have representational offices located at Gosford on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Agencies represented include Austrade and Centrelink.