South Australian public sector employees working within the Department of Treasury and Finance’s Shared Services SA division and other divisions will be relocated to a new government office building in Port Adelaide.
The 260 staff – who perform a range of administrative functions across government, including financial accounting, procurement, injury management and business systems and performance – were advised of the government’s decision this afternoon.
The personnel currently work in Westpac House in the city and are expected to begin relocating by the end of the year.
Treasurer Rob Lucas said the situation was “yet another Labor mess we’ve been left to clean up’’.
“This decision ends another sorry saga presided over by the former Labor government who built a brand-new office building in the heart of Port Adelaide and did little to activate it,” said Treasurer Lucas.
“If it was up to the Liberal Government we wouldn’t have built the building in the first place, but now that it’s there, we’ve got to fill it.
“Because there wasn’t a line-up of public servants volunteering to move into the building, the Government has had to take the decision to require public servants to move to Port Adelaide.”
The $40 million building, at 21-25 Nile St, comprises three storeys of offices, two levels of carparking and a ground floor for retail.
The building is owned by a private sector company with the State Government as head tenant. To date, 170 Shared Services employees - from the accounts payable, accounts receivable and financial operations teams - occupy one floor.