The Federal Government has welcomed the official opening of the ABS National Data Acquisition Centre (NDAC) in Geelong today, which will create up to 300 jobs for the region.
The NDAC is part of the Federal Government’s $257 million investment in the future of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Over the coming years the money is being used to transform the ABS’ infrastructure, systems and processes so that the ABS continues to be a world class statistical agency.
“A core objective of the NDAC will be to develop and execute practices that will produce more relevant, timely and accurate statistics so that Government and businesses can make better policy and economic decisions for the nation,” said Alex Hawke MP, the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer.
“It’s about streamlining processes, reducing red tape and making it easier to do business with the ABS and Government,” Mr Hawke said.
“The Member for Corangamite, Ms Henderson, has been a key advocate in securing the win for Corangamite. Ms Henderson has been tireless in her efforts to attract new industries and employment opportunities to the region,” said Mr Hawke.
Sarah Henderson MP, the Federal Member for Corangamite, said the Centre in Geelong is part of the Turnbull Government’s strong commitment to jobs growth and opportunity across our region.
“The NDAC will create up to 260 local jobs with a total workforce of 300 at any one time. Currently there are more than 40 people working in the new office who have been relocated from across the ABS.”
“It’s wonderful that the ABS’s recruitment drive is in full swing, with plans to employ a further 80 full time and 20 part-time employees by the end of April.”
“This investment in the ABS reflects the Government’s commitment to provide infrastructure that will support the delivery of a knowledge economy,” Ms Henderson said.
“Whether it’s investing $1.5 billion in Victorian roads and rail, delivering an Industry Growth centre in Advanced Manufacturing, a $3.1m Geelong Region Job Connections program, major incentives for small business, $15m for the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund, the Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, the duplication of the Princes Highway, our $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda, our $1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund, as a government we are working very hard to support our transitioning economy and invest in the jobs of the future.”
“A transformed ABS is all part of the Turnbull Government’s vision – a 21st century, world class statistical agency. This Centre here in Geelong will play a key role in achieving this vision,” Ms Henderson concluded.
11 April 2016