APVMA’s Armidale business operating model

19 December 2017

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has finalised the business model for its operations in Armidale.

The APVMA’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, said the business model outlines the agency’s approach to establishing a regulatory hub in Armidale, supported by a range of shared services, e‑working arrangements, external assessors and providers.

“In 2019 the majority of our workforce will operate from our new premises in Armidale,” Dr Parker said.

“I’m envisaging around 150 employees working from Armidale in 2019.

A specialist consulting firm, Pegasus Economics, was sought to work with staff and management and provide recommendations on the operating model for the APVMA in Armidale.

The business model provides a level of flexibility that can be adjusted as the agency develops a clearer picture of staff relocation intentions, industry capacity and availability of infrastructure in Armidale.

“I’ve finalised the business model and we’ve developed an Armidale organisational structure. The new structure will consolidate our footprint into three areas delivering scientific assessment, registration management and client services, and corporate support,” said Dr Parker.

“We’re already building our presence in Armidale. By early in the New Year, I’m expecting our modest staff numbers in Armidale to double.

“I will soon be working in Armidale and a Deputy CEO has also been advertised as based in Armidale.

“We’re working to this new organisational structure as we transition our regulatory operations from Canberra to Armidale over the next two years as we prepare for our relocation in 2019,” Dr Parker said. 

“We’re building staff numbers and capability in our interim office now, before the doors of the permanent accommodation in Armidale officially open and those in Canberra close.

“Early in the new year, we’ll be trialling e-working arrangements to help ensure business continuity and transfer corporate knowledge.

“We’re also continuing to investigate where efficiencies can be gained through shared services arrangements for corporate support roles, and we’re looking to expand our external assessment options.

“We currently contract scientific assessments in several areas and we’re going back to the market as current panel arrangements expire in 2019,” he said.

A concept diagram of the business operating model, the Armidale organisational chart 2019 and the report from Pegasus Economics—Operating model for APVMA functions in Armidale—are now available on the APVMA website www.apvma.gov.au.

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