Services Australia, an arm of the department of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), responsible for Centrelink services has broken its silence surrounding the relocation of Braddon’s offices.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Linda Reynolds, General Manager of the Services Australia Hank Jongen told Canberra Live last night that the Braddon Centrelink offices were still open and offering services, adding that any review of the lease agreement will be dependent on the needs of the community.
“As leases come up for renewal, Services Australia takes the opportunity to review service centre tenancies to ensure they’re fit-for-purpose and aligns with the changing needs of the community,” said Jongen.
Jongen could neither confirm nor deny that the lease would not be renewed. Instead he said his department will consult the residents if the need to change the location of the services arises.
“If any changes are planned to servicing in the Braddon area, Services Australia will engage with the community and staff to ensure they’re thoroughly informed,” said Jongen.
Continues Jongen:”The Braddon Service Centre remains open, offering ongoing access to Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services. The current lease for the Braddon Service Centre expires in February 2022.”
His responses followed a spirited campaign by a labour MP Alicia Payne to extend the lease of Braddon Centrelink office which is expiring in February 2021.
Payne took the campaign further today by leading a protest outside the Centrelink offices in Braddon. The local MP has already collected 600 signatures from residents who are against the relocation of the life serving services.
The office space currently occupied by the Braddon Centrelink offices has already been advertised which Payne interpreted as a clear indication that the lease would not be extended.
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