“We are committed to ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent as efficiently as possible,” Mr Coleman said. “As the largest lessee in the national office market, it is important that our scale is brought to bear in seeking the best deals for taxpayers.”
At the end of last financial year, the federal government counted 596 offices occupying space of 500 square metres or more. In the four years to June 2017, it cut its occupied office area to 2.86 million square metres from 3.15 million as part of a push to reduce space leased and increase the density of workspaces it occupies.
Canberra accounted for 1.34 million square metres, or almost half, of the total government footprint, followed by NSW with 501,484 square metres (18 per cent), Victoria (15 per cent), Queensland (9 per cent), WA and SA (4 per cent), Tasmania (2 per cent) and NT (1 per cent).