Media Release

23 November 2018

Guy-Walsh: Putting Victoria first

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Putting Victoria first

As part of our comprehensive and strategic plan to decentralise our jobs and our population, an elected Liberal Nationals Government will look to put Victorian Government banking through the Bendigo Bank.

Daniel Andrews has lost control of population growth.

Melbourne is jam packed with a population over 5 million people and growing at an average of around 2,700 a week.

Daniel Andrews wants to jam another three million people into Melbourne to be a city of 8 million.

Our plan is to get back in control of population growth by decentralising our jobs and our population across all of Victoria.

The Liberal Nationals comprehensive plan for decentralisation includes building major infrastructure across Victoria like High Speed Rail reaching speeds of up to 200 kmh and incentives for economic development in regional Victoria.

That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will work to reach an agreement to put all government cash and banking services with Bendigo Bank.

An agreement with Bendigo Bank would make the Victorian Government one of their biggest client’s and allow them to create more jobs including at their headquarters in Bendigo.

The Victorian Government is currently in an agreement with NSW based Westpac for cash and banking services which expires on 30 September 2020. This State Purchase Contract is mandatory and includes all departments and agencies. The type of services provided to government include transactional banking services like BPAY and electronic banking, customer payment services and corporate services.

The scale of the State’s banking needs are huge involving millions of individual transactions annually. As an example, Victoria’s General Government Sector made $59.9 billion in payments in the last financial year alone of which around $22.8 billion were payments to employees.

A Liberal Nationals Government will expect to have a new agreement in place well before the current contract expires to assist with planning for service, scale and efficiencies.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Liberal Party, Matthew Guy:

“Returning government banking to Victoria through an agreement with Bendigo Bank to do government banking would be the biggest financial boost for regional Victoria since the gold rush with billions of dollars of transactions each year.

Creating more good jobs and careers in the regions, High Speed Rail across Victoria reaching speeds of up to 200 kmh and more teachers, doctors, police and healthcare workers in country Victoria are the centrepiece of our plan to decentralise our population

We expect hundreds of Victorian jobs, almost all regionally based, would need to be created to service this massive account.

Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to get back in control and decentralise our population.”

Comments attributable to Leader of Nationals, Peter Walsh:

“Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to decentralise Victoria’s growth and not just focus on Melbourne alone.

The Liberal Nationals have a vision for Bendigo to become a major financial hub. Shifting the Victorian Government’s banking there shows we are backing that vision with action.

A partnership with Bendigo Bank would stimulate Victoria’s regional economy and create new jobs and opportunities.

Daniel Andrews is the Premier for Melbourne. He’s more interested in Brunswick than Bendigo or Ballarat.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Michael O’Brien:

“Creating good secure jobs in regional centres is the key to our plan to decentralise our population and grow all of Victoria.

We expect to negotiate an agreement with Bendigo Bank that delivers value for money for the Victorian Government with a jobs boost in regional Victoria.

Bendigo Bank is a great Victorian success story with around 6,500 employees and the potential to grow and employ more.”