Construction has begun on the $450 million Adelaide-based office tower that is expected to house more than 2200 Services Australia staff in 2023.
Visiting the 60 King William Street site on Monday, government services minister Stuart Robert and finance minister Simon Birmingham said Charter Hall would construct “state-of-the-art facilities” to help the Services Australia staff do their job.
“Having more than 2200 staff in one location will allow for greater collaboration and support between areas, which means better outcomes for customers,” Robert said in a statement.
In late January the government announced that Services Australia would be the major tenant of the new building, with a 10-year lease.
The agency will consolidate five of its non-customer facing Adelaide office tenancies into the new building, accommodating staff from a range of areas. In a submission to the inquiry examining the development, Services Australia said the existing five sites “are not fit for long-term occupation”, with the proposed works to deliver “operational and financial benefits”.
On Monday Robert said no Services Australia jobs would be lost when agency staff relocate to the new building, and the proposed consolidation would not impact any face-to-face customer services in Adelaide.
He said Services Australia would make further announcements about the site closer to the scheduled opening in 2023.
More than 1500 jobs are expected to be created through the two-year construction phase.
The building will house around 3500 workers in total.