City of Greater Geelong Leading Bold bid for Comcare HQ to Move to Geelong
City of Greater Geelong spearheading approach to Federal Government
The City of Greater Geelong is driving a major push by a consortium of Geelong’s leading organisations in a bid to relocate the Federal Government’s national insurance agency Comcare to Geelong. Currently based in Canberra, Comcare was established under the Commonwealth’s Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and currently employs more than 650 people across Australia. Geelong’s ambitious bid is in response to the recent inquiries by both the Senate and House of Representatives into the decentralisation of government bodies to regional areas, such as Geelong.
The City is being joined in the bid by the Committee for Geelong, G21-Geelong Region Alliance, the Geelong Chamber of Commerce, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and WorkSafe. The bid is also supported by the Victorian Government. City of Greater Geelong CEO Kelvin Spiller says central to the Geelong bid is the successful history of the relocation of other government agencies such as the TAC, WorkSafe and the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the choice of Geelong as the national headquarters for the newly formed National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). "What we can clearly demonstrate in Geelong is a proven capacity to welcome and support agencies like Comcare, as part of our burgeoning social insurance sector," he says. "Given we’ve seen the very successful transition of the TAC and more recently WorkSafe, we believe the addition of Comcare will only further enhance Geelong’s reputation as a centre of excellence in social insurance."
Mr Spiller says the advantages for Comcare and its staff in relocating to the waterfront city include affordable housing, an enviable lifestyle, an experienced workforce, a supportive corporate community and an easy drive to Melbourne. "The opportunities for both Geelong and Comcare are both multiple and plentiful and that is certainly the case we will be taking to Canberra. We’re very hopeful of a positive response."
Mr Spiller will lead a delegation of Geelong representatives heading to Canberra on September 13 to meet with Government and Opposition MPs to argue Geelong’s case for the relocation of Comcare. "We know what we have to offer in Geelong and we are convinced this is a bid that could add significant value for both Comcare and the Geelong community, so we look forward to the opportunity to discuss it further."
See Comcare Campaign document: final_v2_eg-comcare.pdf