Federal Group is a privately owned family company which operates significant tourism, hospitality, retail, casino and gaming assets in Tasmania, and a national sensitive freight company. We are the oldest continually operating hotel group in Australia.
At Federal Group we recognise that the scope and scale of our company means that we touch many lives. As a family business, this is not something that we ever take lightly.
We are Tasmania’s largest private sector employer with employees located right across the entire state. Including our national sensitive freight company, we employ 2,400 people.
Our vision for the future is to be Australia’s most respected service business through an unwavering commitment to our principles. We believe that earning the respect of our employees, our customers, our industry partners and our communities will ultimately ensure the long-term success of our company.
We empower our people by providing a supportive and encouraging work environment. We set clear expectations and foster open communication.
We deliver genuine and professional service to our customers at every point of contact. We place our customers first in all of our decisions, actions and behaviours.
The success of our company is dependent upon an absolute commitment to our people and our customers.
Stronger together than we are as individuals
Treat others as they would like to be treated
Always follow through on our promises
Deliver nothing less than our best
The Story of the Federal Group
An Australian PioneerThe current owners, the Farrell family, enter the storyline through their father – Greg Farrell senior.
Honeymoon in Paradise
The Farrell’s honeymoon in Tasmania, spending much of their time at the Wrest Point Riviera Hotel. They are both taken with the beauty of the island.
A new frontierFederal Hotels purchases the Wrest Point Riviera Hotel in the Hobart suburb of Sandy Bay.
A fateful encounterGreg Farrell senior embarks upon a new transport business in partnership with Gordon Barton.
Tasmania says “Yes!”Tasmanians were asked to vote on whether they were in favour of granting a casino license to Wrest Point Riviera Hotel.
Raising fundsIPEC Holdings acquires a controlling interest of Wrest Point – allowing construction to commence.
Country ComfortFederal Group develops Country Club Casino and Resort, located in parkland on the rural fringe of Launceston. It would be Australia’s first resort-style casino development.
A tough decisionUnless major assets were off-loaded – the whole empire was about to collapse.
UnconventionalFederal Group opens the Wrest Point Convention Centre, Australia’s first purpose built conference and convention centre.
Moving forwardThe birth of a new transport company – COPE Sensitive Freight and the privatisation of Federal Group.
The network spreadsFederal Group establishes Network Gaming to manage the distribution of gaming machines and TAS Keno throughout the pubs and clubs of Tasmania.
A new direction
Greg Damien Farrell takes over the role of Chairman, and soon thereafter the Managing Director role.