Bendigo’s Australia Tax Office closure looms

BENDIGO looks set to lose more vital public service jobs amid reports the Australian Tax Office will close in Bendigo.

The ATO has flagged its intention to close 10 regional offices around Australia in the Draft Regional Service Delivery Project report.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, said the closure will leave eight staff in the Bendigo office with an uncertain future.

The Australian Services Union wrote to staff on Monday informing them of the impending closure.

“It’s a blow for regional communities and those families with ATO workers who face being forced to uproot and move to bigger centres or be sacked,” Ms Chesters said.

“Eight staff and countless small businesses will be affected by this decision.”

Ms Chesters said it put into question Tony Abbott’s commitment to regional Australia.

“Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government cannot be trusted to secure and create jobs in Bendigo and central Victoria,” she said.
 
“Since the Government came into power, we have seen job cuts at the Bendigo Australia Post, Centrelink and now the ATO office.

“How many more public sector jobs will Tony Abbott and his Coalition Government cut?

"For the central Victorian economy to be strong, we need public sector jobs.

“This sets a bad trend for central Victoria amid increasing insecurity in the public service under Mr Abbott.”