Geelong chosen for disability HQ

Posted: 7th Jun

The selection of Geelong for the headquarters of DisabilityCare Australia has been hailed as a critical boost for healthcare and jobs in the Geelong region.

Yesterday, the federal and state governments jointly announced the head office of the national disability insurance agency would be built in Geelong.

It will create about 300 new jobs once DisabilityCare is fully rolled out from 2019-20 in addition to the 120 jobs already announced for the agency’s Geelong regional office, which will open in time for the Barwon region launch next month.

Corangamite Federal MP Darren Cheeseman said the announcement would create hundreds of high-paid professional jobs in the region.

“Geelong, the headquarters of the Transport Accident Commission, will now also be the national headquarters of DisabilityCare Australia and responsible for the national rollout of disability care.

“This is great news for everyone in Geelong and surrounds.

“Considering the challenges in the manufacturing sector, these jobs are very welcome.”

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Geelong was ideally suited to support the head office functions of such an important agency.

“The city has a history of driving innovation in disability, health and community services through the collaboration of its local council, local health services and locally based disability service agencies.”

The City of Greater Geelong had been lobbying for months to host the headquarters, and the federal government decided on Geelong after the state government offered $25 million toward the costs of relocation and establishment for the head office.

The state government has also agreed to fund works to significantly improve the accessibility of the Geelong train station.

DisabilityCare Australia will immediately start investigating location options, with a view to placing some staff in Geelong from January next year.

When fully rolled out, the scheme will provide support for about 460,000 people who have a significant and permanent disability that affects their communication, mobility, self-care or self-management.



June 5 2013

Surf Coast Times