A little Momentum for Tasmanian jobs

1 March 2019

Hydro Tasmania’s Victorian-based retail business Momentum Energy will relocate the bulk of its customer operations jobs from Melbourne to Hobart over the next three years.

More than 70 jobs will be relocated, and will be housed at a site at Cambridge, near Hobart.

The Cambridge site is currently home to Momentum’s phone-based sales centre and the Tasmanian headquarters of Entura, Hydro Tasmania’s professional services consulting business.

The site decision follows a formal assessment of four locations - Launceston, Devonport, Kingston and Cambridge – with Cambridge the clear preference.

“Cambridge was the stand-out choice because Momentum has people there already, the telephony infrastructure is already in place and there is room to accommodate what will be a significant number of new people,” said Steve Davy, Hydro Tasmania’s Chief Executive Officer.

“While the transfer of roles from Victoria to Tasmania will occur over the next three years, the first call for expressions of interest to join the Momentum team will begin in March,” he said.

Minister for Energy Guy Barnett has welcomed the announcement and the new jobs it will bring to Tasmania.

“Our policy was to relocate jobs from Victoria to Tasmania and we’ve delivered. It is great news for Cambridge and will have a positive impact on the local economy with more people in work and more spending in local businesses.”

Momentum Energy’s Managing Director Amy Childs also welcomed the decision.

“We are proud of Momentum’s Tasmanian heritage and ownership, and are excited to bring career opportunities to the people of Tasmania,” Ms Childs said.

“Momentum will finalise a workforce strategy over coming months to deliver sustainable jobs for Tasmanians in line with the government’s policy commitment.”

As well as new jobs associated with existing call centre functions, it’s expected there will be jobs in areas such as customer service, collections, hardship and new connections.

Momentum will continue to have a strong presence in Melbourne, to ensure it continues to thrive in

that competitive market, and remains close to its more than 200,000 customers on the mainland.

The business is not allowed to retail electricity or gas in Tasmania, except on the Bass Strait islands.

 

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Released for Hydro Tasmania by Cassandra Leigh / 0409 722359 / media@hydro.com.au.

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