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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.
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
Prince Henry's Hospital
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