APVMA relocation

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP announced on 25 November 2016 that the APVMA will be relocating its operation to Armidale in regional NSW. While there is no established timeframe for the relocation, it is expected that the APVMA will be moving to Armidale in 2019.

On 27 April 2017, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources officially opened the APVMA's new interim premises in Armidale.

This page and our Relocation FAQs will keep you updated with the latest news on our journey to building a world class regulator in regional Australia.

Current work

The APVMA in Armidale Relocation Strategy outlines the different phases of the relocation. We are currently in the planning phase, with one of the key deliverables being the development of a comprehensive digital strategy by 30 June.

The recent appointments of an Executive Director for Relocation Operations and Executive Director Digital Strategy have enabled the establishment of a transition team to meet a number of priorities including:

  • Review of business models to inform APVMA’s digital strategy to enhance online delivery of our services, improve customer service and enable parts of the workforce to work remotely.
  • Preparation of a report with detailed costings to implement digital strategy for Government consideration.
  • Establishment of an interim office in Armidale to enable additional support for the agency to continue its regular business operations and enhance the profile and the important work we do to the Armidale community.

News and media releases

Senate inquiry

On 8 February 2017, the Senate passed a motion for an inquiry into elements of the APVMA relocation. The report is due to be tabled on 9 May 2017. The APVMA will continue to operate as normal, including planning for its relocation to Armidale.

Full details about the inquiry are available on the Parliament of Australia website.

Interested in doing business with the APVMA?

The APVMA is in a period of transition as plans are made to make this change in location and enhance the operation of this essential regulatory service.

We have prepared some FAQ’s in response to inquiries that have been coming in since the announcement. If your inquiry is not answered here first, please email your question to enquiries@apvma.gov.au.

APVMA in Armidale: relocation strategy

The APVMA’s relocation strategy outlines the broad activities needed to efficiently transfer APVMA functions from Canberra to Armidale. This relocation strategy is focussed on what needs to happen to move the APVMA, while minimising potential issues during the transition, and to maximise capacity when it operates from Armidale. It is necessarily high-level and the detailed transition planning to follow will ensure that all risks to the APVMA’s operations are identified and mitigation measures implemented.

APVMA interim office in Armidale

Establishing a presence in Armidale is an important step in our relocation journey.

Our interim office is co-located with the Department of Human Services (DHS) on the main street of Armidale – 246 Beardy Street. 

A small team of locally recruited APVMA staff will work out of the Beardy Street premises – ensuring local liaison with the Armidale community. The APVMA's transition team will also work from the interim office when they travel to Armidale. The premises provides work spaces, secure facilities and meeting rooms to support the APVMA to progress work on the design, procurement and construction of the APVMA's purpose built facility that will be required in 2019.

Career opportunities with the APVMA

We currently operate primarily from a central office in Canberra and are undertaking rolling recruitment for positions that become vacant between now and the relocation to Armidale in 2019.

Two local positions are being recruited for the interim office in Armidale and further Armidale based positions are likely to be advertised towards the end of 2018.

All positions for employment are advertised on our website, and on the Australian Public Service Jobs website.

Government Policy Order issued

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate issued on 24 November 2016 the Government Policy Order (GPO) to the Chief Executive Officer of the APVMA.

A GPO is the statutory mechanism or way to impose the government policy on corporate entities like the APVMA. The GPO is created by the Finance Minister under section 22 (for corporate entities) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). The APVMA is a corporate entity.

Read the APVMA CEO's media statement.

APVMA Relocation Advisory Committee

The APVMA Relocation Advisory Committee (ARAC) was established by the APVMA CEO. The purpose of the committee is to provide strategic advice on major aspects of the relocation and the transition of the APVMA from Canberra to Armidale.

ARAC is made up of representatives from the APVMA, peak industry bodies as well as Armidale City Council, University of New England and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

View the terms of reference for the committee.

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