Company Overview

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.

Our Principles


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.

Our Values


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

Coffee breaks

Federal Group is the oldest operating hotel group in Australia.
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Dogged Determinism

Wrest Point has a long and proud place in Tasmania’s history.
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An Australian Pioneer

The current owners, the Farrell family, enter the storyline through their father – Greg Farrell senior.
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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.

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A new frontier

Federal Hotels purchases the Wrest Point Riviera Hotel in the Hobart suburb of Sandy Bay.
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A fateful encounter

Greg Farrell senior embarks upon a new transport business in partnership with Gordon Barton.
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Tasmania says “Yes!”

Tasmanians were asked to vote on whether they were in favour of granting a casino license to Wrest Point Riviera Hotel.
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Raising funds

IPEC Holdings acquires a controlling interest of Wrest Point – allowing construction to commence.
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An icon is born

Construction of Wrest Point Casino officially begins.
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Australia's first casino

The official launch of Wrest Point Casino.
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Country Comfort

Federal 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.
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A tough decision

Unless major assets were off-loaded – the whole empire was about to collapse.
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Federal Group opens the Wrest Point Convention Centre, Australia’s first purpose built conference and convention centre.
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Moving forward

The birth of a new transport company – COPE Sensitive Freight and the privatisation of Federal Group.
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The network spreads

Federal Group establishes Network Gaming to manage the distribution of gaming machines and TAS Keno throughout the pubs and clubs of Tasmania.
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A new direction

Greg Damien Farrell takes over the role of Chairman, and soon thereafter the Managing Director role.

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Add Vantage

Federal Group establishes Vantage Group to operate the freehold community-based hotels owned by the company.
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Local liquor

Federal Group purchases the 9/11 bottleshop retail liquor business.
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A dedicated art hotel

Australia’s first dedicated Art Hotel and one of only a handful in the world.
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Creation of a sanctuary

A one-of-a-kind boutique resort that feels like a luxurious beach house.
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Looking to the future

Federal Group announces its partnership with VOS construction to operate MACq01.
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