23 June 2015
Professionals Australia welcomes legislation introduced in Victoria today to create Infrastructure Victoria, a new independent body to prioritise and oversee infrastructure delivery for the state.
“It is significant that Victoria will now have an independent and transparent body to prioritise and oversee infrastructure delivery,” said Sharelle Herrington, State Director of Professionals Australia in Victoria”.
“The establishment of Infrastructure Victoria is one of several commitments made by the Andrews Government to improve the delivery of infrastructure for Victoria. The Government has also committed to introduce mandatory registration for professional engineers, Projects Victoria and the Office of Chief Engineer”.
“Governments must make sure taxpayer money is well-invested and that infrastructure decision-making is informed by public interest, rather than political interest”.
“We have seen recent examples in Victoria of taxpayer money wasted planning major road projects, caused by a lack of transparency and poor governance”.
“Infrastructure Australia’s new Infrastructure Audit highlighted the need for governments to establish high-level, dedicated expertise to achieve sound infrastructure planning for the long-term”.
“Infrastructure Victoria will provide impartial advice and take a longer-term approach to infrastructure prioritisation, beyond the election cycle”.
“It is critical that the board of Infrastructure Victoria is representative of the key stakeholders from business, construction, property and finance and government. Board members must have direct experience in delivering complex infrastructure projects”.
“As well as creating a body to provide strategic oversight, the Victorian Government must value the experience and knowledge of the engineers it directly engages. Without dedicated engineering expertise within departments, projects end up poorly scoped inefficiently delivered”.
“Government engineers minimise project delays, ensure proper oversight of contractors and most importantly, make sure the taxpayer gets value for money”.
“It is encouraging that the Victorian Government has indicted it will listen to the advice given by engineers and technical experts and invest in a long-term strategy to ensure a sound project pipeline,” said Ms Herrington.
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