Australian Defence Force personnel and local businesses across the ACT are reaping the benefits of the Morrison Government’s $212.5 million investment in new and upgraded health facilities at Defence premises across the nation.

The construction programs include a range of new and upgraded facilities to provide primary health care services, including dental, pharmacies, mental health, physiotherapy and allied health care services, including rehabilitation. 

Senator for the ACT said the new facilities would provide the world-class medical and health infrastructure needed to support the ADF’s existing and future capability requirements.

“This $33.4 million infrastructure project is part of the massive $1.8 billion worth of infrastructure investments by the Liberal-Nationals Government across the ACT in recent years,” Senator Seselja said.

“This purpose-built centre is delivering real health and medical outcomes for the men and women of the ADF, helping to keep them prepared to defend the nation,” Senator Seselja said.

“The centre has also bolstered COVID-19 testing capacity in the ACT throughout the current lockdown, facilitating tests for Canberra’s Defence community, including Defence APS personnel and their families.”

The project has delivered five new and four refurbished health facilities across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.

“These new facilities have supported a major injection into the Canberra economy at a pivotal time, supporting 1,108 jobs throughout construction as we aim to grow back stronger from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” Senator Seselja said.

“These local jobs are great news for Canberra, because every builder, electrician, plumber or painter employed puts more money into our local businesses at a time we know they are doing it tough.”