Moylan launches new Centrelink Agent in Boddington
Posted on Thursday, 19 April 2007
Member for Pearce, Hon Judi Moylan MP, officially launched a new Boddington Centrelink Agent at the Boddington Old School today.
“I am pleased to announce the official opening of the Boddington Centrelink Agent, which will assist people of all ages throughout the region,” Ms Moylan said.
“Centrelink has for many years provided vital income support to the unemployed, carers, people with disabilities and those in rural areas, particularly during times of drought or after terrible fires. They also offer people access to a social worker when required.
“Centrelink is committed to improving services to rural and regional Australia and the new Boddington Agent will provide a high standard of service to locals in the Boddington community.
“The centre will be staffed by professionals who recognise that not all communities are homogenous. They will identify the issues that are important to the region and in turn will meet the specific needs of locals.
“Centrelink Agents provide access to computers with internet services, a telephone line linked to the Centrelink Call Centre and a fax machine and photocopier for conducting Centrelink-related business.
“The Boddington Agency also has a range of Centrelink forms and brochures.
“Local Centrelink staff can respond to enquiries, refer people to appropriate Centrelink or community services and help identify what payments individuals may be entitled to.
“Staff at the Boddington Agent will also be able to copy and verify documents that confirm someone’s identity, which means that individuals will no longer be required to send original identification documents in the mail to support their Centrelink claims.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank Centrelink, the Boddington Old School Committee, the Shire of Boddington and the local community for their commitment in bringing this agency to the town.
“These Agents play an important role in the local community, and working in partnership with communities and business is essential to ensure Centrelink continually improves access to services for rural people.”
The Boddington Agent is part of a network of similar Agents around Australia that help fulfil Centrelink's role of allowing all Australians to reach their goals and full potential.
The new Agency is located at the Boddington Old School, 61 Bannister Road Boddington, and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 2 pm.