The new State Government has promised a range of initiatives which will create jobs for engineers and increase the level of engineering input into major infrastructure.
Monday, 1 December 2014
Over the weekend, Victorian’s voted in the 48th State Election, and voted in a new State Government.
This election was particularly special, because it was the first time engineering has been a key focus both major party’s election platforms.
The following is a selection of initiatives and policies which the new State Government has committed to which we believe are important to our engineering members.
Many of these projects are the direct result of Professionals Australia’s strategic advocacy over the past four years.
Introduce mandatory engineer registration
The new State Government will work with relevant stakeholders on the introduction of a mandatory, statutory registration scheme and work with other jurisdictions to develop a nationally consistent registration scheme for engineers.
Establish Infrastructure Victoria
This body will be charged with the responsibility of providing independent and transparent advice about key infrastructure projects and their priority.
Establish Projects Victoria
Projects Victoria will oversee the scope and design of all major projects; act as a key project delivery body in the procurement of major infrastructure projects in Victoria; intervene directly in project delivery in cases where delivery agencies or departments are experiencing difficulty; and audit the procurement capacity of Victorian Government departments.
$200 Future Industries Fund
The fund will offer grants of up to $1 million for to firms specialising in high-growth sectors. The fund will also make available general grants of up to $500,000 to any company involved in manufacturing, engineering and emerging sectors”.
Establish the Premier’s Jobs and Investment Panel
This will be an independent council of our economic and industry leaders who will provide direct advice to the Premier on how to invest $500 million to create high-skill, high-wage jobs.
Removal of Level Crossings
The new State Government will remove 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings on the metropolitan rail network at an estimated cost of $5-6 billion. Projects Victoria will determine the best way to package crossings together to ensure an attractive offering is presented to the market, while at the same time securing the best deal for the taxpayer.
Competitive bids will be sought from the market to determine the right type of civil engineering work required at each site.
Double the size of the city loop – Metro Rail
The new State Government has committed to Metro Rail, which will include the construction of 5 new underground train stations in and around the city loop. Ahead of this, $300 million has been committed complete the planning, design and early works of the project.
West Gate Distributor
The West Gate Distributor will be built in the first term of the new State Government at an estimated cost of $400-500 million. The West Gate Distributor project has three components:
- West Gate Freeway on-and-off ramps and an elevated road along Hyde Street, Yarraville
- Upgrade and duplication of Whitehall Street between Francis Street and Somerville Road
- Strengthening of Shepherd Bridge and upgrade into Footscray Road
Road repairs and upgrades
A minimum of $1 billion over eight years will be allocated to repair and upgrade roads in both Melbourne’s outer suburban and interface communities, and roads and level crossings in rural and regional communities. Total cost: $2 billion.
These initiatives and more are detailed in the new Government’s policy documents, which can be downloaded below.
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