13 September 2017

Bring Comcare to Geelong

It was my great pleasure today to welcome and meet with civic leaders in Canberra to further discuss our region’s bid to relocate the Australian Government’s national insurance agency Comcare to Geelong.

The delegation consisted of Kelvin Spiller, CEO City of Greater Geelong; Kylie Warne, Chair Geelong Chamber of Commerce; Rebecca Casson, CEO Committee for Geelong; Joe Calafiore, CEO Transport Accident Commission and Elaine Carbines, CEO G21.

I was delighted to learn more about the bid including the cost savings which have flowed to the Transport Accident Commission as a result of its relocation to Geelong.  Mr Calafiore estimates this has been in the order of $15 million per annum, a very significant saving.  I expect substantial cost savings would also be made by Comcare if it was to move to Geelong.

As a region, we need to ensure that Comcare is, first and foremost, identified as an agency which should be moved out of Canberra.

I am advocating very hard for this relocation to our great city which would build on our reputation as a centre of excellence for the social insurance sector.

I am very proud of the hundreds of new jobs we are bringing to our region as a result of the establishment of the NDIA national headquarters and the ABS National Data Acquisition Centre in Geelong.

The Turnbull Government’s decentralisation policy is an important part of the government’s focus on regional Australia.

13 September 2017