DisabilityCare to fill some of Ford's hole in Geelong
GEELONG has been chosen as the headquarters for DisabilityCare Australia.
It will come as a boost for the town which was rocked by Ford's decision to close its production plant in 2016.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard was joined by Victorian Premier Denis Napthine in Geelong on Monday to unveil the deal, which will create 300 jobs once DisabilityCare is fully rolled out in 2019-20.
This will be in addition to the 120 jobs already announced for the agency's Geelong regional office, which will open in time for the launch of DisabilityCare Australia in the Barwon region next month.
Ms Gillard said Geelong had been selected as the site on the basis of the Victorian Government's offer of $25 million toward the costs of relocation and establishment for the head office.
The Victorian Government has also agreed to improve the accessibility of the Geelong train station.
"Geelong is ideally suited to support the head office functions of such an important agency. The city has a history of driving innovation in disability, health and community services through the collaboration of its local council, local health services and locally based disability service agencies," Ms Gillard said in a statement.
"DisabilityCare Australia will also benefit from being located in the same city as the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, which delivers Victoria's no fault transport accident lifetime care and support scheme."
DisabilityCare Australia will immediately start investigating location options, with a view to placing some staff in Geelong from January.
Regional offices will also be established in locations around Australia, starting with launch locations.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said Geelong was the right choice for DisabilityCare HQ.
"Locating the NDIS headquarters in Geelong will provide an important boost to the local economy and deliver exciting new opportunities for the workforce right across the region," Mr Abbott said in a statement.
"The Coalition put this matter on the agenda some time ago. We support the sensible location of facilities in regional areas where it may help those regions and contribute to good public administration."