Officials Confirm Ongoing Boost to Tuggeranong Community

In response to questioning from Senator Zed Seselja in Estimates Hearings today, the Department of Social Services has confirmed that the decision to keep the Department in Tuggeranong will not only benefit the local community but will also result in a better workplace for employees.


In the Community Affairs Estimates Hearings this morning, DSS officials confirmed that subject to the Public Works Committee process, construction was expected to commence at the end of 2014. Employees were expected to move in to the new accommodation at the end of 2016.

“After so much uncertainty over the future of this Department in Tuggeranong under the former Labor Government, it is encouraging to see such progress on the project,” stated Senator Seselja.

The new building will provide environmental benefits with a 5 Star Energy Rating.

The building, subject to the tender process, will be built by a private firm with funding from the Commonwealth for capital fit-out and relocation costs.

“This project represents significant investment for Canberra. The $26.8m provided by the Commonwealth will attract approximately $150m from private investors to build the new facility,” stated Senator Seselja.

The project was referred yesterday to the Public Works Committee and a public hearing is expected to be held in July or August.

“Keeping DSS in Tuggeranong is very important to keep the local business community thriving and I am proud to have successfully fought to keep these 2000 employees in the Tuggeranong area,” concluded Senator Seselja.