The future of the Federal Government’s decentralisation agenda is up in the air, with questions raised about whether the program is running on schedule.
Former Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash announced in April that federal departments would have to provide a reasonable explanation for why they should stay in a capital city or face being sent to the country.
Portfolio ministers were required to report back to Cabinet by August on which of their departments, functions or entities were suitable for decentralisation, with business cases to be developed on suitable candidates by December.
It is unclear whether the department will continue with Ms Nash’s push to decentralise government departments after she was forced out of parliament in November due to her dual citizenship status.
Federal Regional Development Minister John McVeigh said the government remained committed to decentralisation.
‘‘The government is undertaking a robust and methodical process to assess all entities and functions across the government for their suitability to be relocated. Decisions about possible relocations will be made later in 2018,’’ he said.