VICTORIA'S strong pipeline of infrastructure projects is set to benefit from critical oversight with a new office to be led by respected infrastructure expert, Ken Mathers, the State Government said last week.
Fulfilling an election commitment, the State Government has established the Office of Projects Victoria (OPV) to oversee how major infrastructure projects are developed, contracted for and implemented.
Mr Mathers – recently honoured by Australia's infrastructure sector for more than 50 years of public service – will chair OPV, and be joined by the Victorian chief engineer, and a small, highly-qualified team experienced in engineering, quantity surveying and construction.
The OPV will build capability and skills in project development and delivery and complement the work of Infrastructure Victoria and the Department of Treasury and Finance.
OPV will provide advice on cost, scope and technical matters for asset investment decisions and project delivery arrangements.
The OPV will monitor all major projects and advise on potential interventions. It has been established within the Department of Treasury and Finance and will have an advisory board that will be finalised in the near future.