Oxfam Australia to move to new home

Media Releases article written on the 27 Jul 2021

Oxfam Australia is excited to announce it is moving to a new home in West Melbourne.

Chief Executive Lyn Morgain said the move to 355-358 William Street would represent an exciting new chapter in the Oxfam Australia story.

“While we are leaving behind 14 years of great memories of our green building in Carlton, now is a time for renewal,” Ms Morgain said.

“Following significant changes to our organisation – as well as to the culture of work due to COVID-19 – it makes sense that our new work home supports our new needs. We are confident this two-storey premises will do just that, and we will ensure we put our stamp on it, as we have our Leicester Street building.”

The current office building was sold last year to international student accommodation provider Scape after independent, expert commercial real estate advice from Ernst & Young, and based on a review, which concluded that the Carlton building was no longer suited to Oxfam’s long-term needs.

The review found the sale would optimise the use and investment of Oxfam’s assets for its purpose-driven work in tackling poverty and inequality around the world.

For now, the stand-alone office – within short walking distance of the CBD, Queen Victoria Market and Flagstaff Gardens – will be Oxfam’s home, as we all adapt to a world with a more flexible working culture.

Oxfam is pleased to have RMIT and Splinter Society – a Melbourne based architecture and design studio – generously providing their design expertise on a pro-bono basis to help us make the best use of the new space. We also want to acknowledge the generous support of Corrs Chambers Westgarth for its legal expertise in this matter.

“This is a financially sound decision that offers us flexibility as well as time to plan to meet our evolving and longer-term needs,” Ms Morgain said.

“We look forward to welcoming our staff, partners, supporters and friends to our new home.”

For more information, contact Lily Partland on 0418 118 687 or lilyp@oxfam.org.au