02 December 2016

Jobs boom for Geelong with new NDIA headquarters

Hundreds of jobs and $120 million of investment will be generated with the development of the new head office for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in Geelong.

The iconic development will house staff from the NDIA – the Agency responsible for delivering the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The new building is expected to house about 450 head office NDIA staff and other Commonwealth employees.

Following an open public tender, a preferred tenderer has been selected with the identified new premises to be constructed at the central location of 13-19 Malop Street, Geelong by Techne Development.

The new building proposal incorporates the redevelopment of the heritage listed Carlton Hotel, including the retention and renovation of the heritage features of the façade. The building will be located close to the new WorkSafe headquarters, currently under construction.

As the head office for NDIA, the new development will be a market leader in accessible design and energy efficiency.

Geelong was one of the first NDIS trial areas and the NDIA and Geelong community have formed a strong, supportive partnership.

The building and construction workforce is estimated to include nine newly created apprenticeships or traineeships with approximately 85 per cent of the workforce sourced locally from the Geelong area.

The Victorian Government contributed $25 million to assist in the relocation of the NDIA head office from Canberra to Geelong.

The NDIA is expected to move into the new headquarters in late 2018.

For more information about the NDIS visit www.ndis.gov.au.

1 December 2016