Belconnen to keep its Immigration public service jobs

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ZED Seselja has today welcomed the new procurement process which is now underway, seeking accommodation for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

“After terminating the Request for Tender last year, a new process has now begun to find a split-campus solution for the ACT staff of the DIBP which will ensure the current staffing footprint in Belconnen remains largely the same,” Zed said.

“The DIBP along with the Department of Finance undertook the local impact assessment, in line with the new whole-of-government procurement approach, and consequently have taken the decision to not decrease the current staffing levels in the Belconnen town centre.

“As a result of my work with the Minister for Finance, last year a decision was taken to ensure that any ACT based Federal Government Department would need to undergo a local impact assessment before moving. The local impact assessment was completed on this Department and we got a great outcome for Belconnen.

“This gives peace of mind to businesses in the Belconnen Town Centre, employees and local residents. The Department’s presence has played an important role in sustaining local businesses.

“I’m really pleased to get this great result for Belconnen and I am proud that our Government is the first to take into consideration the local impacts onCanberra and its town centres when making these decisions” Senator Seselja concluded.

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