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Monday, 26 November 2018
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Regional Investment Corporation

(Question No. 1124)

Mr Fitzgibbon asked the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, in writing, on 13 September 2018:

1. On what date did the Board finalise the final site for the Regional Investment Corporation's (RIC's) office in Orange, NSW?

2. What is the length of the lease signed for this site?

3. How many permanent RIC staff will be employed in Orange?

4. What is the breakdown of the job classifications that will be based in Orange?

5. Have the jobs for the positions in Orange been advertised; if so, when; if not, when will they be advertised?

Mr Littleproud: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

1. On 17 July 2018 the RIC Board chose its preferred site for the RIC Orange headquarters. A Heads of Agreement outlining the key terms of the lease was signed on

9 August 2018. On 19 October 2018, the RIC signed a lease for its head office at Suite 3, 122-124 Kite Street, Orange, NSW.

2. The lease is three years with options to extend for two further three-year periods.

3. The RIC is funded for up to 32 staff. It is expected that the majority of the permanent staff including the CEO will work from the Orange headquarters. A small number of Business Development and Outreach Officers are expected to be located in regional/rural areas across Australia. The exact locations are yet to be determined. The major recruitment activity has commenced to fill most positions in Orange with some further recruitment activity to fill any remaining positions at a later date.

4. Jobs will be classified as RIC level 1, RIC Level 2 and RIC Level 3.

5. Jobs in the RIC in Orange were advertised on 9 October 2018 and were open for candidates to apply until 29 October 2018.