Function VF 277
Major development projects co-ordination
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  • Use this Function for
    Acquisition, development and sale of government owned sites for residential, tourist and commercial purposes

    Government management of major development projects

  • Do not use this Function for
    ;Government housing

 
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Background

The functions relating to major projects were established by the Urban Land Authority Act 1979 (No.9320). The main responsibility of the portfolio was to co-ordinate projects relating to government-owned sites considered to be of importance to the State through the acquisition, development and sale of land.

A Minister responsible for Major Projects was first appointed in 1987 and assumed responsibility for major state projects involving the development and sale of government land from the Minister for Housing (VRG 53). The creation of a separate portfolio for Major Projects reflected the Government's concern to promote the efficient use of government owned land.

Responsibility for carrying out this function lies with the Office of Major Projects (known as the Major Projects Unit 1987 1992) and a number of the powers established by the Urban Land Authority Act, 1979 (No.9320) have been delegated to the Office of Major Projects, in respect of projects designated as major projects.

Office of Major Projects

The Office of Major Projects is responsible for major projects assigned to it by the Government. The modus operandi of the Unit is for the Government to formally assign responsibility for specified approved projects to the Unit. Any liabilities arising from Government approved activities are the responsibility of the State. The Minister responsible formally assigns responsibility in accordance with the Premier's order of 13 February 1987 and Section 4 (1) (c) of the Urban Land Authority Act (No.9320). Initially there were eight projects managed by the Unit, all of them important to the development of inner Melbourne.

The Office works closely with all the relevant government departments. The Unit brings together people with management skills from a number of departments and agencies and uses the services of consultants and contractors. Recruitment is primarily through secondment and contract employment.

Each project is headed by a Project Director, supported by a small project team assembled from the and public sectors. Project Directors report through the Director of the Unit to the Minister and are supported by a core staff who provide legal and financial expertise.

Functions

The functions of the Office include acquisition, consolidation and preparation of sites. Its task is to facilitate the development of large strategically significant areas of government-owned land for commercial, tourist and residential purposes. It is responsible for major state projects assigned to it by the Government. It provides a central contact point for developers interested in investing in major government projects.

The Unit has the authority to invite tenders, evaluate competitive development proposals, select developers, facilitate planning approvals, execute financial and legal agreements and supervise construction.

Some of the projects managed by the Unit are
Bayside
Lynch's Bridge
South Bank
Prince Henry's Hospital
Jolimont Railyards
Willesmere Hospital Site
World Congress Centre
Redevelopment of the State Library
Docklands (proposed Olympic Games Village)
Queen Victoria Hospital
Museum and National Gallery of Victoria redevelopment and State Library redevelopment
Old Treasury
Federation Square






 
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- 1987 Urban Land Corporation (formerly known as the Urban Land Authority) VA 1358
1987 - cont Office of Major Projects [known as the Victorian Government Major Projects Unit 1987-1992] VA 2979
2003 - 2011 Victorian Urban Development Authority (trading as VicUrban) VA 5004
2011 - cont Urban Renewal Authority Victoria (trading as Places Victoria) VA 5005
 
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- 1987 Housing VRG 53
1987 - 1996 Major Projects I VRG 92
1996 - 1999 Planning and Local Government VRG 126