DIBP fitout government's most expensive ever?

By David Donaldson

February 17, 2017

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection wants to spend a quarter of a billion dollars upgrading its office space — and some in the parliament are concerned it’s too much.

Labor senator Alex Gallacher, a member of the Joint Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, thinks the budgeted amount might be the most expensive public service fitout ever — and that’s before any potential cost blowout. The department’s new headquarters near Canberra airport will be more expensive than the typical $1200-1800 for a government building, at almost $3000 per square metre.

Designed for flexibility and collaboration, the upgraded office space would include “a unified watch floor, situation rooms, briefing rooms, incident rooms, operation planning rooms, associated intelligence support rooms, and surge rooms”, reports the Fairfax Media.

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