| December 01, 2016
10 YEAR MILESTONE FOR MOBILE SERVICE CENTRES
The Nationals Member for Murray, Damian Drum said November marked 10 years since the first Australian Government Mobile Service Centre hit the road to visit regional communities with limited access to government services.
Mr Drum said since first launched as a converted Winnebago in 2006, the service has evolved into a pair of sleek, high-tech, nationally touring mobile offices.
“These vehicles are equipped to deliver the same Centrelink and Medicare services as any other Department of Human Services Service Centre,” Mr Drum said.
Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge, said the 10 year milestone was a fabulous achievement for the well-loved travelling outreach service.
“For the past decade the mobile service centres have been a touchstone to government support for Australians living in regional and rural areas,” Minister Tudge said.
“Having a face-to-face service that helps people access both financial and social work support is critically important for ensuring all Australians get the help they’re entitled to.
“The travelling service has also been particularly vital in the aftermath of natural disasters – when they can be quickly relocated to provide emergency on-the-ground support,” he said.
Mr Drum said the mobile offices had been a popular visiting service to Murray over the past decade.
“Since 2006 mobile service centres have visited 853 locations in Victoria, including 151 in Murray and have provided to 26,619 people,” Mr Drum said.
“A mobile service centre always generates a lot of business when it pulls up in town. Along with the usual Centrelink and Medicare services, we’ve also seen a lot of interest in recent years from people wanting help to sign-up to and use online self-service options like myGov,” Mr Drum said.
For more information and itineraries visit humanservices.gov.au/mobileoffice