It has recently been confirmed that the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) will be moving from Canberra to Armidale as part of the Coalition’s plan to decentralise Government Agencies for the benefit of regional Australia.
The relocation will see almost $100 million gain for Armidale according to the Armidale Express.
An independent report from Ernst and Young has revealed that 53 jobs will be created as result of the move in 2017 with an additional 750 by 20191.
The APVMA is not the first Government Agency to make the move to a regional centre as part of the decentralisation plans with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) making the move to Dubbo in April 2016. An additional GRDC office is scheduled to open in Toowoomba and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation is currently in the process of relocating to Wagga Wagga.