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Monday, 10 April 2000
Page: 15640

Mr Wilkie asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 15 February 2000:

(1) Will the Government close the Cannington, WA Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and redeploy staff to the Northbridge Office.

(2) How many persons will lose their jobs through the redeployment.

(3) Has his Department consulted with staff of the Cannington ATO or the Community and Public Sector Union regarding the redeployment.

(4) Are there difficulties with the sub leasing arrangements with the Department of Defence that would hinder the relocation of the ATO staff to Northbridge.

(5) Have investigations been made as to whether sufficient office space exists in Northbridge to accommodate the more than 600 staff who would need to be relocated; if so, what were the results.

Mr Costello (Treasurer) —The Assistant Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) As part of the ATO's rationalisation of its accommodation holdings it will consolidate all of its Perth-based operations in the Northbridge site from May 2002.

(2) No staff reductions are envisaged in Perth. Current projections indicate an additional 300 staff being engaged on a range of functions in Perth over the next two years, including a new Call Centre being established at the Northbridge site.

(3) Staff of both Cannington and Northbridge offices, and the Community and Public Sector Union were consulted prior to the decision to consolidate into Northbridge being taken.

(4) A program addressing all the issues associated with the collocation of ATO staff in Perth is being developed. This process will include the timing of when the Department of Defence will vacate their sub-tenancy. Preliminary discussions have been held with the Department and the ATO will continue to consult in line with normal commercial practice.

(5) While revised layouts in Northbridge are yet to be finalised, preliminary work indicates that all current Perth-based ATO staff can be accommodated within the building. All relevant Occupational Health and Safety standards and requirements will be complied with.