Tasplan Super has officially opened a new Hobart head office to cater for an expanded operation as the state’s biggest business by balance sheet.

The move to new premises at 188 Collins Street comes as a result of the fund’s growth following a successor fund transfer of the RBF Tasmanian Accumulation Scheme on 1 April.

Tasplan Chair, Naomi Edwards said she was grateful for the support of the Tasmanian Government to enable the transfer and its nomination of Tasplan as the default super fund for Tasmanian public sector employees for the next three years.

“The RBF Tasmanian Accumulation Scheme successor fund transfer supports Tasplan’s sustainability and the continued existence of a Tasmanian super fund, now with significant scale at a national level,” Ms Edwards said.

The new offices, over three floors, allows Tasplan’s Hobart based personnel to work in the one location.

“Since the Quadrant Super merger in December 2015, we have been operating out of offices in Macquarie Street and Franklin Wharf,” she said.

“At that time, we established our new home-grown contact centre and brought our previously outsourced administration services in-house. There was a period remaining on Quadrant’s Macquarie Street lease so we decided to continue to operate from the two locations over the short-term.”

With the RBF Tasmanian Accumulation Scheme transfer, Tasplan grew from 86 to 151 employees, of which 140 are based in Hobart.

The fund will occupy three floors of offices at 188 Collins Street.

Tasplan now serves 145,000 members, 16,000 contributing employers and manages $7.6 billion.

Despite the fund now being the state’s biggest business by balance sheet, Ms Edwards said that members’ needs remain at the heart of Tasplan’s existence.

“It was important to be able to offer members a convenient location, where they feel welcome and comfortable about coming to talk to us about their finances. Our research indicates that members place a high degree of value in being able to talk to someone in person, so we’ve tried to create the best space possible in which to do that.”