Almost 900 Victorian Public Service employees are set to move to the Ballarat GovHub from next week, after the $100 million building officially opened on Wednesday.
The Ballarat site is one of three regional GovHubs in the state, which have been developed to give public service employees the option of working closer to home, while also boosting regional economies.
Staff from Service Victoria, Consumer Affairs Victoria, Working with Children Check Victoria, the State Revenue Office, Regional Development Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the Department of Education and Training will work from the Ballarat GovHub.
VicRoads employees will also work from the building, with the agency’s own customer hub scheduled to open for customers on May 10.
Regional development minister Mary-Anne Thomas joined community leaders, local MPs Juliana Addison and Michaela Settle, and the Community and Public Sector Union’s Karen Batt on Wednesday to officially open the building.
“The GovHub is a key part of our work to revitalise the Ballarat CBD, create local jobs, increase business confidence and attract private sector investment,” Thomas said in a statement.
“This is a landmark development and will underpin jobs for Ballarat people for generations to come.”
She said hub tenants have been recruiting local staff as vacancies have become available. This includes Consumer Affairs Victoria, which established an office in Ballarat in 2018.
So far, more than 1,000 jobs have been supported through the GovHub and the establishment of Police Assistance Line operations in Ballarat, Thomas noted.
Today is a big day for Ballarat – the GovHub is open! 🎉
Tenants are set to move into the purpose-built building generating long-term jobs growth for the region. The $100m GovHub will support jobs for up to 1,000 Victorian Government workers.
— Regional Development Victoria (RDV) (@RD_Vic) April 21, 2021
More than 60 companies from Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong helped construct the building, which was designed by John Wardle Architects.
The GovHub’s design reflects the theme of the original Civic Hall precinct, while the internal Catobeen Building recognises Wadawurrung Traditional Owners and will provide a community venue for music, art and celebrations.
The state government committed $47.8 million to bring public sector jobs to Ballarat in 2017.
Work began on the Bendigo GovHub earlier this year. Another facility in Latrobe Valley is expected to open this year.