More than 150 WorkSafe employees are now working in Geelong, signalling the end of phase one of WorkSafe’s two-stage move from its current headquarters in Melbourne.
Already, WorkSafe’s relocation has been a boon for the region, with more than 40 WorkSafe staff having recently bought houses.
Minister for Finance Robin Scott today visited staff to hear about their move while getting a progress report on construction of WorkSafe’s $120 million headquarters at 1 Malop St.
Concrete was just poured for level two of the building, as well as three car parking levels.
Until the big move in mid-2018, employees are working out of the TAC building at 60 Brougham St and a refurbished office in Malop St.
The new HQ is on target to be completed in just over 12 months.
The 14-storey head office will eventually house more than 700 WorkSafe workers and contractors above the historic Dalgety and Co building and achieve a six-star green rating.
WorkSafe’s move to Geelong – announced in 2015 – is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s push to bring new jobs and industries to the region.
A number of locals have also joined the WorkSafe team and more are expected to join as further positions become available.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Finance Robin Scott
“I am delighted the first wave of WorkSafe staff have made the move so successfully.”
“WorkSafe’s new headquarters is on schedule for completion in June 2018 and when it’s done, it won’t be just a landmark building for the city, but a striking symbol of the exciting future that lies ahead for this region.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens
“WorkSafe’s move to Geelong shows the Labor Government is committed to bringing jobs to Geelong and reinvigorating our city centre.”
“This is a significant boost to Geelong’s economy and our city’s future.”
Quotes attributable to WorkSafe employee Alicia Crabtree
“It has been an amazing opportunity to move my young family to the Surf Coast.”
“The move has allowed me to work closer to home and to join an incredibly welcoming local community.”
“For a lot of people, it’s a holiday destination, but we get to enjoy those holiday perks every day.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020