| May 15, 2018

Shepparton to Benefit from Coalition Government’s Decentralisation Agenda

• 7 jobs from the Regional Network of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet relocating from Melbourne to Shepparton

• Nearly 100 jobs from six government entities ranging from health services to Indigenous Affairs set to be relocated

The 2018-19 Budget has delivered another important step in the Coalition Government’s Decentralisation Agenda with almost 100 staff from six entities to be relocated to regional and outer metropolitan areas.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said this key initiative was creating new jobs opportunities and better connecting government services to the regions they serve.

“Unlike our Opposition, the Coalition Government is committed to practical and common sense decentralisation initiatives that will boost economic growth and provide more opportunities for secure, better-paying jobs outside Canberra, inner-city Melbourne and Sydney.

“A number of regions have already directly benefited from this agenda, with the successful relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to Armidale, Agrifutures to Wagga Wagga and the recent move of 100 Department of Human Services staff to Parramatta.”

Member for Murray Damian Drum welcomed the announcement that Shepparton would be the next regional community to benefit from the Coalition Government’s Decentralisation Agenda.

“Under this announcement seven jobs from the Regional Network of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet will move from Melbourne to Shepparton,” Mr Drum said.

“This is great news for the Shepparton community. Every additional job created in our regional city helps support local families, businesses and community organisations. This is a good start to the Coalition Governments decentralisation agenda for the Murray electorate.”

Mr Drum said the Regional Network of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities right across Australia to deliver the shared priorities of the government and Indigenous people.

“The network monitors and supports the implementation of programme funding for the Coalition Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS),” Mr Drum said.

This is an important next step in the Coalition Government’s Decentralisation Agenda, with further announcements to be made later in 2018.

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