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 in 2019.

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

On 8 February 2017, the Senate passed a motion for an inquiry into elements of the APVMA relocation. The report was tabled in parliament in June 2017

On 9 March 2018, the APVMA signed a 15-year lease (with the possibility of extensions) with the Stirloch Group (Stirloch). Stirloch will provide the APVMA with 2,000 square metres of A Grade quality leased office accommodation at 102 Taylor Street and 91 Beardy Street, where they will construct a dedicated two-story building.

The APVMA will move into the building in mid-2019, once construction and fit-out is complete. 

As of August 2018 there will be two interim offices in Armidale to support our transition. These interim offices can accommodate up to 69 staff and will minimise the impact on industry and the Armidale community by enabling staged recruitment.

The permanent leased office will house up to 150 APVMA staff in Armidale. A unit of specialist scientists and decision makers will work from a site in Canberra to support the authority to fulfil statutory obligations under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code

Progress and deliverables

Since our relocation was announced, we have delivered:

  • a business operating model to inform the role of future business functions
  • a digital strategy and detailed costings for Government consideration
  • enhanced desktop video-conferencing capability across the organisation
  • a workforce transitional strategy to complement the business operating model
  • an expression-of-interest process to support staff wanting to relocate to Armidale ahead of 2019
  • staffing policies to provide incentives for staff relocation and retention
  • a policy to support e-working
  • a knowledge management strategy and action plan for transferring corporate regulatory knowledge
  • courses as part of the Accelerated Regulatory Science Training Program—Diploma of Government (Regulatory Science)
  • interim office accommodation providing for an increasing staff base in Armidale
  • procurement activities for our permanent office in Armidale
  • construction of the permanent leased premises in Armidale.

News, updates and media releases

APVMA in Armidale relocation strategy

To guide our transition we developed an initial strategy outlining activities that would support our relocation to Armidale by mid-2019. While priorities have shifted, the APVMA in Armidale relocation strategy continues to inform our delivery as we establish our business in Armidale.

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