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Tuesday, 1 March 2011
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Senator Humphries asked the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 17 June 2010:

Do any of the departments or agencies within the Minister’s portfolio consider that new or additional office accommodation may be required in the next 2 years; if so, would that accommodation be provided in Canberra; and if so, approximately how many staff are estimated to need accommodation in the new or additional offices.


Senator Arbib (Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Minister for Sport and Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness) —The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

It is anticipated that no additional accommodation will be required in the next two years by the department or agencies within the Minister’s portfolio, however, replacement of existing accommodation will be sourced to consolidate expiring leases.

At this stage, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs is planning in 2012 to consolidate five smaller tenancies into a single building in Canberra, affecting approximately 400 staff.

Aboriginal Hostels Limited will relocate from existing premises in Canberra to an alternative site due to lease expiry, affecting approximately 45 staff.