The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines will open an additional interim office in Armidale to accommodate staff relocating from Canberra and those priority positions recruited directly into Armidale.
APVMA CEO, Dr Chris Parker, said the additional accommodation was required because the existing office on Beardy Street would reach capacity in August 2018.
“We’ve signed a lease for a second interim office at 109 Jessie Street, which will provide for the further recruitment of priority roles into Armidale ahead of mid-2019 when our permanent leased premises are scheduled to open,” Dr Parker said.
“The additional accommodation on Jessie Street will house up to 32 staff, supporting the expansion of our Armidale operations ahead of the full relocation.
“Securing the additional office space is one of many activities we have implemented to retain and build capability in the authority while we manage the staged relocation to Armidale.
“We have also adjusted the future operating model to accommodate a unit of specialist scientists and decision makers who will work from the office in Canberra to support APVMA fulfil its statutory obligations under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code,” Dr Paker added.
Construction of the APVMA’s permanent leased office in Armidale is well underway with the site cleared and concrete slab poured for the two-story building that will accommodate up to 150 APVMA staff by mid-2019.