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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 783..

Totalcare-relocated services

(Question No 89)

Mr Cornwell asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 20 February 2002:

In relation to Totalcare:

(1) Why have Totalcare services located at Fyshwick been relocated to the Mitchell site.

(2) How many full-time permanent employees were employed at the Fyshwick site.

(3) How many of those full-time permanent employees have been relocated to Mitchell to continue in their same positions.

(4) Following the relocation will any of the services that were performed by Totalcare employees at Fyshwick now be either discontinued or out-sourced; if so what services are they.

(5) What will happen to the Fyshwick site.

(6) What services are now provided from the Mitchell site.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The relocation of the Corporate and Fleet businesses to Mitchell is Stage 1 of the plan to consolidate all of Totalcare's operations onto one site. Both the Fyshwick and Mitchell sites are currently under-utilised. Totalcare decided to relocate to the Mitchell site because the sterilizing and laundry assets and infrastructure are located on this site and not easily transportable. Totalcare's strategic alliance with SteriCorp which is located at the Mitchell site was also a factor in the choice of location. The consolidation of operations onto one site will ultimately produce significant reductions in overheads, improve Totalcare's balance sheet and build cohesion among its diverse workforce.

(2) There were 189 full time permanent employees based at the Fyshwick site prior to the relocation.

(3) 41 full time permanent employees have been relocated to Mitchell to continue in their same positions.

(4) No services have been discontinued or out-sourced.

(5) Totalcare is negotiating the transfer of the Fyshwick site to the ACT Government.

(6) Sterilising, Linen, Fleet & Corporate Services are provided from the Mitchell site.

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