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Monday, 19 October 2015
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Department of Education and Training: Office Space

(Question No. 911)


Mr Conroy asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Training, in writing, on 17 August 2015:

In respect of office space leased or owned by the Ministers department(s), (a) where are these offices located, (b) how much space (in square metres) is each office, (c) how much of this space is currently unused, and of this, what is the cost of (i) rent per month, (ii) utilities, including electricity and/or gas, telephone and internet, (iii) office furniture and/or hired equipment, including artwork and plants, and (iv) any other associated services.


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

(a) The Department of Education and Training has offices throughout Australia. All current tenancies are listed in Attachment A.

(b) Total nett lettable area of each tenancy and the percentage of space leased by the Department of Education and Training are listed in Attachment A.

(c) The nett lettable unused space and costs are listed in Attachment A including:

(i) Rent per month for unused space is listed in Column I.

(ii) Utility costs for unused space is listed in Column J. Costs for telephone and internet charges are not readily available and it would involve an unreasonable diversion of the Department's resources to ascertain such information.

(iii) Costs for indoor plant hire are listed in Column K. There are no costs associated with equipment or artworks hire. Costs for office furniture are not readily available and it would involve an unreasonable diversion of the Department's resources to ascertain such information.

(iv) There are no other costs associated with other services.

Since the 2013 Machinery of Government change the Department of Education and Training has rationalised office space (including unused) in state offices where leases are shared with Department of Employment and sought subtenancies where appropriate to reduce the overall liability to the Departments and Commonwealth. More recently the Department has also undertaken a review of unused office space in Canberra to accommodate the Early Child Care cluster which is due to move in November 2015 and is expected to occupy any remaining unused office space in 50 Marcus Clarke St. Copies of Attachment A can be obtained from the House of Representatives Table Office.