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Wednesday, 4 May 1994
Page: 262

(Question No. 1192)

Senator Campbell asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 14 March 1994:

  With reference to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO):

  (1) What is the location (street address and suburb) of each branch of the ATO throughout Australia.

  (2) What are the reasons and the process for the determination of the location of the ATO in Cannington, Western Australia.

  (3) What are the names of all firms who were granted contracts for the construction of ATO offices which have been built in the past 10 years.

  (4) What is the value of those contracts.

  (5) What process was used to award these tenders, that is, open tender, selected tender, or other.

Senator Cook —The Assistant Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:



  Brisbane CBD—Currently at 320 Adelaide Street, Brisbane to move to 140 Creek Street, Brisbane, from early 1995

  Chermside—10 Banfield Street, Chermside

  Upper Mt Gravatt—2221 Logan Road, Upper Mount Gravatt

  Townsville—235 Stanley Street, Townsville


  Sydney CBD—100 Market Street, Sydney

  Albury-Wodonga—567 Smollett Street, Albury

  Chatswood—28 Railway Street, Chatswood

  Parramatta—2 Macquarie Street, Parramatta

  Penrith—Currently at 2 Macquarie Street, Parramatta to move to 121 Henry Street, Penrith, from early 1995

  Bankstown—2 Meredith Street, Bankstown

  Hurstville—Currently at 7 Hunter Street, Sydney to move to 12 Woniora Road, Hurstville, from mid 1994

  Wollongong—93 Burelli Street, Wollongong

  Newcastle—266 King Street, Newcastle


  Canberra—Currently at Cnr Moore and Barry Drive, Canberra to move to Cnr Chandler St and Cameron Avenue, Belconnen, from mid 1994


  Casselden Place—2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

  Moonee Ponds—6 Gladstone Street, Moonee Ponds

  Dandenong—14 Mason Street, Dandenong

  Box Hill—990 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

  Moorabbin—Currently at 973 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin to move to 1230 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham from mid 1994

  Geelong—92 Brougham Street, Geelong


  Pulteney—191 Pulteney Street, Adelaide

  Waymouth—91 Waymouth Street, Adelaide


  Northbridge—45 Francis Street, Northbridge

  Cannington—Sutton Street, Cannington


  Hobart—200 Collins Street, Hobart

  (2) The ATO's decentralisation strategy is based on moving away from large CBD offices to smaller, more manageable suburban offices of around 600 to 800 staff. The reasons for this include:

  improved service to clients through smaller offices;

  smaller, more manageable, offices less prone to fragmentation over more than one office building;

  reduced travelling time for field staff if offices are located closer to the taxpayer base; and

  staff preference to work closer to home.

  In regard to the split of the Perth Office, in 1988 submissions were invited via newspaper advertisements for the provision of office space in two parcels within a 12km radius of the GPO and close to transport and other facilities. The advertisement stated that it was intended to short list the proposals prior to the implementation of a formal tendering process.

  Thirty five Expressions of Interest were received from 26 developers. The short listing process resulted in the selection of proposals for the following locations to proceed to the next stage:

  CBD/Fringe CBD—5 sites

  Mirrabooka—2 sites

  Cannington—2 sites

  The short listing process was based on issues such as location, indicative price, taxpayer demography, the availability and suitability of public transport links, the availability/suitability of supporting infrastructure, the availability/suitability of facilities and the ability to staff the location.

  The result of the second stage was that Cannington was preferred as the non-CBD location as it met the criteria for the establishment of an office better than other locations. At the time there was no major regional business centre in the northern suburbs, nor did transport links facilitate an easily accessed central location in the north.

  (3) All ATO accommodation is leased so agreements are made with owners/developers not builders.

  Pre-commitment leases which resulted in the construction of new buildings for the ATO over the past 10 years are shown below with the original owner/developer who was awarded the contract. Most of the buildings have changed ownership since, or are in the process of changing ownership.


  Brisbane CBD—Australian Estate Management

  Chermside—Silverton Ltd

  Upper Mt Gravatt—Cameronfam (Mt Gravatt) Pty Ltd

  Townsville—Australian Estate Management


  Albury-Wodonga—Extension of Existing Building

  Chatswood—Pritpro Pty Ltd

  Parramatta—Australian Estate Management

  Penrith—Grocon NSW Pty Ltd

  Bankstown—Meridith Projects

  Hurstville—B+B Australia Pty Ltd

  Wollongong—Harmony Corporation and Easthill Pty Ltd

  Newcastle—Tavolan Pty Ltd


  Canberra—Australian Estate Management


  Casselden Place—Australian Estate Management

  Moonee Ponds—Adroyal Pty Ltd

  Dandenong—Mason Street Holdings

  Box Hill—Fernstream Pty Ltd

  Cheltenham—Becton Pty Ltd and Babcock and Brown Pty Ltd


  Pulteney—Collegiate School of St Peter

  Waymouth—Sterling Estates SA Pty Ltd


  Northbridge—Galvins Pty Ltd

  Cannington—Multiplex Pty Ltd


  Hobart—Hansen and Yunken Pty Ltd

  (4) Public Expressions of Interest were called for the supply of office accommodation to be leased to the ATO and comparisons made on the basis of lease and other costs, not construction cost. The value of the construction contracts are a matter between the owner/developers and their builders.

  (5) Public open Expressions of Interest were called for the supply of office accommodation to be leased to the ATO, except in the case of Commonwealth-owned accommodation.