Premier Colin Barnett confirmed yesterday the government was evaluating submissions received during its request for proposal (RFP) process that investigates options to bring State Government workers potentially from Water and Environment departments and the Environmental Protection Authority to the northern suburbs.
Mr Barnett said 800 public servants could potentially relocate to Joondalup in late 2018.
�Joondalup has grown into a dynamic northern metropolitan centre, made even more popular thanks to the recently redeveloped shopping precinct and expanding health and education facilities,� he said.
�We are focused on agency decentralisation into this vibrant community, where it represents real value for money.�
He said the move would improve local access to services and boost the economy while reducing road congestion in the Perth CBD.
Finance Minister Bill Marmion said entering in to lease negotiations would be subject to a value-for-money option being identified.
�Changes in the State�s finances and the Perth property market mean it is vital we carefully evaluate the options,� he said.
�The Department of Finance is working closely with the office accommodation sector to ensure the move delivers not only for the Joondalup community but also for the taxpayers of Western Australia.�
The RFP is the second part of a two-staged process after the expressions of interest shortlisted proposals for a new building with up to 11,000sq m of office space, a modern design, end-of-trip facilities and close proximity to public transport, parking and amenities.
If a preferred respondent is identified, lease negotiations could proceed late this year with construction to start as early as March next year.