YOUI looks set to continue its rapid rise in Australia, having today announced plans to build a $80 million global headquarters on the Sunshine Coast.

The insurance company started in Australia in 2006 and also has a base in New Zealand. Parent company Outsurance is based in South Africa.

The company has grown from 30 Australian workers in 2008 to employing nearly a thousand, said CEO Danie Matthee.

The development will be built in two stages with the first expected to be completed 2017.

“The new building will be located next to the University of the Sunshine Coast at Sippy Downs, and will house up to 2000 workers,” Youi group CEO Howard Aron said.

youi-vhod16rpv2pessa3wj2_t460EXCITED: YOUI CEO Danie Matthee (left) and group CEO Howard Aron are excited about plans to build Youi’s global headquarters on the Sunshine Coast.

The new premises will provide for 1800 car parks, ensuring there would be no repeat of parking congestion that angered locals at its lakeside Birtinya loction, Mr Aron said.

“The important part is we’ll have enough carparks as well,” Mr Aron said.

“We understand the problems we caused here. But this building was never built for a call centre.”

Mr Aron said the site’s location next to the university was a good fit.

“We really value a learning culture, so being in the knowledge precinct and being next to the uni sits very well with our culture,” he said.

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