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Transformation—innovate and improve public sector operations and reform the management and operations of public assets (relates to Outcome 2)


Operation Tetris 42,000 m2 of office
space filled

National Property Efficiency Program


Finance’s National Property Efficiency Program capitalises on the Australian Government’s position as a major purchaser of property services in the Australian market.

The program has two key initiatives:

  • Operation Tetris—absorbing entities’ lease requirements, where feasible, into existing vacant office accommodation
  • coordinated procurements— ensuring leases and other property services contracts maximise the government’s substantial purchasing power.

Operation Tetris focuses on filling vacant government office accommodation in the Australian Capital Territory. In 2015–16 over 42,000 square metres of previously vacant and surplus office space in and around Canberra was filled by government agencies, which will deliver almost $200 million in savings over 10 years.

In February 2016 the department facilitated a joint approach to market for the ACT office accommodation needs of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Department of Defence. The joint approach leveraged the buying power of the three agencies to enhance value for money and achieve significant savings over the life of the leases, estimated at around $324 million over 30 years.

The department is taking the benefits from these successes and is rolling out the program nationally.


Last updated: 21 October 2016