Wed 30 May 2018

Media Release – VCCIA Reforming Public Construction Policy Document:

At its’ Business Roundtable Forum today conducted at Engineers Australia, the Victorian Civil Construction Industry Alliance (VCCIA) released its 7-point policy document seeking reform into civil infrastructure renewal and construction in this state.

VCCIA President and the Civil Contractors Federation Victoria CEO, John Kilgour, announced the release of policy document at a special function for VCCIA members placing a spotlight on the 2018 May State Budget, conducted by BiS Oxford Economics.

“The Alliance seeks reform in current public procurement practices and processes, including better planning of projects, improving industry feedback mechanisms and participation in government tenders and lifting government procurement capability”, Kilgour said.

The policy document released highlighted prioritising areas such as ensuring civil infrastructure project designs are to a standard that will allow tendering outcomes and construction that deliver value, to building a sustainable and competitive supply of quarries construction materials and the capacity and capability in civil construction to meet and deliver the critical major infrastructure needs in Victoria.

Kilgour added, “the recent announcements in the May State Budget, including further investments in major roads and rail infrastructure projects, support for apprentices and trainees entering the civil industry, and driving improved OHS / Safety awareness and outcomes on worksites through partnering arrangements with industry organisations such as Incolink; are indeed welcome”.

The VCCIA Reforming Public Construction Policy is built on the independent findings and recommendations previously submitted, or released by successive State Government including:

  • Ernst & Young’s Local Government Procurement Strategy (Sept 2008) & Foundations for Sustainable Local Infrastructure – connecting communities, finance & funds (June 2016),
  • Department of Treasury & Finance’s Reforming Public Construction (Nov 2016), and the
  • Victorian Auditor General’s Report into maintaining State-Controlled Roadways (2017),

In the lead up to the State election in November 2018, the Alliance welcomes the opportunity to work with Government and the Opposition in formulating policies and procurement reform to achieve positive outcomes for both Victoria and the civil construction industry during a period of unprecedented growth, Kilgour said.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:      John Kilgour    M: (0421) 342-398 for copy of policy.

About the Alliance: The VCCIA was established in February 2005 for the purposes of bringing together those industry groups involved in the delivery and maintenance of the Civil Infrastructure in Victoria.  The Alliance currently comprising representatives of 24 industry groups / organisations involved in the civil construction sector.