To determine whether relevant public sector agencies have strategically planned the material and human resources needed to deliver major infrastructure programs.
Victoria’s population is expected to increase by around 50 per cent by 2046. As the state’s population increases, new infrastructure is necessary to meet community needs.
In the 2019–20 state budget, much of the Victorian Government’s confirmed capital investment of $61.69 billion is focused on transport infrastructure, including $36 billion for road and rail upgrades. The large and complex capital projects pipeline places pressure on the capacity and capability of the public sector to plan, analyse and oversee major projects.
In September 2016, the government established the Office of Projects Victoria within DTF to ‘provide project oversight and assurance so projects are delivered on time and on budget, and the full benefits of the investment are realised for Victorians’.
In the Victorian State of Engineering Report 2019, the Office of Projects Victoria recognises challenges arising from the increased investment in public infrastructure, including a need to improve technical skills and project leadership so that project delivery capability can be improved and made more repeatable. In addition, Victoria also faces availability and cost pressures on basic construction materials, such as sand, rock and gravel.
This audit will examine whether responsible agencies are strategically planning for the material and human resources needed to deliver major infrastructure programs.
DJPR, DoT (including Major Transport Infrastructure Authority) and DTF (including the Office of Projects Victoria, Gateway and High Value High Risk units).