Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation, Zed Seselja, announced Woden is about to receive an economic boost with work on IP Australia’s $40 million building refurbishment commencing this week.

The upgrades will provide a modern and efficient working environment for IP Australia, with approximately 1,000 staff at its Discovery House headquarters in Woden.

The contemporary office fit-out will be complete with new IT solutions to enable activity based and flexible working for its current and future workforce. The project will also provide the opportunity for sub-leasing to another government agency.

“It’s great to see Commonwealth investment supporting our town centres, and creating the opportunity to support local trades throughout the refurbishment. The project will not only benefit the agency, but will have flow-on benefits to local businesses, with the assurance a Commonwealth agency will continue to be a key anchor tenant,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.

“I am passionate about ensuring our town centres remain vibrant employment hubs. I fought for the Department of Social Services to remain in Tuggeranong with a new building, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to remain in Belconnen, and kept my election commitment by announcing earlier this year the first move of a Commonwealth agency, Defence Housing Australia, to Gungahlin.

“Now we are seeing significant Commonwealth investment in the Woden town centre, with the refurbishment of one of IP Australia’s buildings.

“Upgrades to IP Australia’s IT capabilities follow on from a $130 million investment by the Commonwealth Government in the 2018 Budget on ICT capability upgrades for the Department of Home Affairs and the Bureau of Meteorology in the ACT,” Assistant Minister Seselja concluded.