The audit examined how well the
Department of Transport (the department) had managed recent rail
projects and whether it had addressed past weaknesses. The five
rail projects included were Middleborough Road grade separation,
Clifton Hill rail duplication, Coolaroo Station, Sunbury
electrification project and South Morang rail extension.
Improvements to the department’s project
development processes mean there is greater assurance that major
projects are appropriately justified and provide
value-for-money. However, the level of assurance is still short of
that needed for projects of the scale and cost examined in this
The department should strengthen the
work that underpins final business cases and improve the quality of
these documents so they provide adequate assurance that projects,
if endorsed, are ready for implementation.
The department has significantly
improved its management of project risks during delivery and this
has been reflected in better performance against planned time lines
and approved budgets.
However, the department is not able to demonstrate how well
projects have realised their intended benefits. It also does not
consistently document and apply the lessons learnt from past