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ACT public servants to move to Woden in March

About 150 ACT Health staff will begin moving to Woden next month, as the ACT government relocates 1000 public servants to the town centre. 

Health Minister Simon Corbell said on Tuesday the staff would move to Bowes Street as part of plans to bring together non-clinical and administration workers in the same location. The first staff will be relocated from offices in Moore Street, Civic.  

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In November the government said it would move 1100 territory health and Access Canberra staff to Woden as it reorganises office accommodation and works to boost the ailing town centre.

Mr Corbell said non-clinical administrative functions would be brought together in one location, close to the Canberra Hospital campus.  

"It is also an important step by the ACT government to boost Woden's economy by bringing new customers to its restaurants, cafes and other businesses and service providers."

The building's owners Quintessential Equity were successful against eight other applicants in a competitive tender process completed last year. 

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Further relocation of about 750 ACT Health public servants to the area will take place in two phases. Justice and Community Safety Directorate staff will also move to new offices as the government upgrades Canberra's courts precinct. 

"Work will commence shortly with the design of a new fit-out for the Bowes Street offices to accommodate staff needs, with Quintessential Equity's design team working closely with ACT Health and ACT Property Group to provide a bright and airy open-plan work environment incorporating quiet rooms, breakout areas, collaboration hubs and end-of-trip facilities," Mr Corbell said in a statement. 

The plan is designed to reduce public service inefficiency and improve health services. The government plans further announcements about the relocation of Access Canberra staff in coming months. 

"A dedicated team working on the relocation will work closely with managers and staff to ensure that the move proceeds with as little disruption to services as possible," Mr Corbell said. 

The government has 12 owned and 19 leased office accommodation sites around Canberra. 

Currently ACT Health staff are located across 30 sites around Canberra, including the Callam Offices in Woden, three buildings in Moore Street and the former Curtin Primary School. Administrative and corporate staff based at the Canberra Hospital will also move. 

The government has committed to selling office buildings including 1 Moore Street, Dickson's Dame Pattie Menzies House, the Dickson Motor Registry and Lyneham's Macarthur House to take advantage of the federal government's 15 per cent bonus for public asset sales.