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Previous Ministers' releases and speeches - Senator The Hon. Michael Ronaldson

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Wednesday, 5 March 2014
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GIVING DVA A NEW HOME FOR THE LONG-TERM

Today’s announcement to relocate the national office of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs from Woden to Civic in 2016 marks a new beginning for DVA, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, said.

"The Government is committed to maintaining a stand-alone Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  This announcement, reflecting a Whole-of-Government decision, will ensure that DVA continues to provide high-quality services to veterans and their families into the future," Senator Ronaldson said.

"The announcement by the Minister for Finance that DVA will move to Civic represents a significant financial saving to the taxpayer.  Whilst I acknowledge that the move may be disruptive to some staff in the Department, I hope they, like me, view this as a positive step in the Department’s long-term future."

"DVA has leased the iconic Lovett Tower in Woden for over 40 years.  Remaining in the existing accommodation would have required an extensive refurbishment of the existing facilities at significant cost to the taxpayer."

"By using already leased office space, DVA is saving taxpayers money.  DVA has a responsibility to ensure it fulfils its obligations to the Whole-of-Government approach identified by the Minister for Finance.  The decision to move in to modern office accommodation will improve the functional working environment for the Department," Senator Ronaldson said.

From June 2016, the ATO will sub-lease vacant space to DVA within one of its existing premises located on the corner of Bunda and Genge streets in Civic.  Clients who currently access DVA’s Woden VAN office will be unaffected by the national office’s relocation.

Media inquiries:
Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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