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Cost of CASA moving from Bankstown to Sydney city office – A loss of money acknowledged

From the November 18th 2013 Senate Esimates [Hansard]:

 Movement of CASA from Bankstown to the City:

Senator FAWCETT: Mr McCormick, can I take you back to a discussion we had a couple of estimates ago regarding Bankstown and the move of your staff from Bankstown into Sydney CBD. Can you update me on where that process is at?

Mr McCormick: That process is complete.

Senator FAWCETT: When you say ‘complete’ does that include disposal of the offices at Bankstown

Mr McCormick: I will ask our chief financial officer. We have disposed of the buildings at Mascot, but I will ask him to update you on where we are at with the Bankstown offices, which to my knowledge have also been disposed of.

Mr Jordan: We are still in negotiations with the Bankstown Airport. The current airport owner is Bankstown Airport Ltd, and we do have an interested party who we are helping to negotiate with BAL.

Senator FAWCETT: So essentially you took the decision to relocate people to your CBD office—or to establish an office there and to relocate them—but you had not actually worked through the break contract or the novation of that lease at the other end. Do you know how much it has cost you to maintain those offices?

Mr Jordan: If you bear with me, I can look that information up. In reference to your first question, yes, we did consider that. That was part of a process about relocating or combining the offices, and all those considerations were undertaken—a review was undertaken—about the associated costs.

CHAIR: Was there a cost-benefit in the analysis or was it just a better harbour view?

Mr Jordan: We did an appropriate financial analysis of relocating—

CHAIR: And you were in front financially?

Mr Jordan: It is just not financial; there are other benefits around—

CHAIR: That is just one aspect. Were you in front or behind financially?

Mr Jordan: There are costs we are incurring today. For example, we had anticipated to have this lease done approximately six months ago.

CHAIR: Yes or no: are you or will you be in front financially?

Mr Jordan: No, we are not.

Senator FAWCETT: Thank you, Chair.

Oct 19, 2012

New Sydney Headquarters for Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Today I officially opened the new Sydney headquarters of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) which will provide our independent aviation safety regulator with enhanced facilities to oversight Australia’s largest aviation market.

More people are flying in Australia than ever before, with over 55 million domestic and 28 million international passengers in the last financial year alone. This growth is forecast to continue with the Asia-Pacific expected to become the fastest growing region in the world.

What is vital for sustaining this growth is the implementation of the Federal Labor Government’s highest aviation priority, safety.  That is why we’re providing an additional $90 million to CASA to 2014 to enhance its core surveillance and regulatory functions.

As the nation’s independent aviation safety regulator, CASA has a crucial role to play in maintaining Australia’s proud safety record.

These new headquarters bring together CASA staff who previously worked in separate Mascot and Bankstown offices.  They will ensure a more consistent approach to the monitoring, surveillance and delivery of regulatory services.

CASA oversights a diverse and dynamic Australian aviation industry which includes major international, domestic and regional airlines, business jet operators, emergency services, charter operators, flying training schools and general aviation.

Providing CASA with more modern and centrally located facilities will assist in the Authority’s ability to respond to new technological developments and the diversity of the aviation sector.

Aviation is a major Australian industry.  In the last financial year alone, there were over 14,000 aircraft registered on the Australian Civil Aircraft Register.  For CASA that translates into a significant regulatory task, as does the oversight of more than 80 aircraft operators from 27 different countries flying into Australia.

These new operational headquarters in Sydney will enhance CASA’s ability to perform its vital aviation safety regulatory role for industry and the travelling public.


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