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Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester joined Latrobe City Council Mayor Dale Harriman on a tour of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) offices in Traralgon recently. 

The tour was an opportunity for the MP and Mayor to see close up the day-to-day operations of various departments, including the business registry and customer call centre.

“ASIC performs a vital function for Australia’s economy by providing a transparent and efficient database of businesses and companies, and Traralgon is at the epicentre of this,” Mr Chester said.

“The recent tour was another opportunity for me to get a more in-depth understanding of the important role this organisation plays in keeping our nation’s economy ticking along.”

Mayor Dale Harriman said the Traralgon ASIC office deals with about 1.1 million public enquiries every year and processed about 350,000 new business names

“Despite being heavily IT dependant, the current registry and processing systems still requires a highly skilled workforce well adept at various functions within the ASIC business,” Cr Harriman said.

“The people employed at ASIC in Traralgon are effectively managing the ‘real economy’, by enabling the establishment of new businesses and companies, while also providing important regulatory functions.

“ASIC also has a close connection with the local community by offering various volunteering and engagement programs, offering graduate opportunities and providing pathways for indigenous people.”

Mr Chester also recently toured the RAAF Base in East Sale, where a number of new contract services started in November, and the Latrobe Smart Centre.

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