What happens when the Victorian Auditor General analyses the delivery of 21 public sector infrastructure projects worth $1.9 billion?
He finds blowouts and delays caused by lack of engineers in our government departments.
These were the findings of a report released last week which looked in detail at the performance of Victoria’s major projects agency which is charged with delivering infrastructure projects for “public sector entities that do not have the required in house project management capability or expertise”.
The report revealed major scoping problems for many infrastructure projects.
CEO of APESMA Chris Walton said the report gave further strength to APESMA’s call for a greater level of engineering skills in government departments to save taxpayer money across Australia.
Recently APESMA has been arguing that more engineers are needed to help properly scope large public sector infrastructure projects or risk massive blowouts and large delays in delivery.
“Research has shown that infrastructure projects blow out by 20 per cent if they are not managed by engineers properly,” Mr Walton said.
“What is staggering about this report is that even when looking at a government department specifically established to deliver infrastructure, the auditor found cost blowouts of 18.3 per cent.
“In addition to the cost blowouts this report found average delays of 36 per cent, which has its own impact on the community.
“Victoria provides a good example of how removing engineers from the public service, can lead to problems for decades.
“It also shows how private sector suppliers – including engineers – can get burnt by badly managed projects that have not been scoped properly.”