Victoria will be better placed to deliver its record pipeline of infrastructure, with the creation of the Victorian Major Projects Leadership Academy that will focus on building and maintaining the talent needed to deliver complex infrastructure projects.
The Academy will deliver on the Andrews Labor Government’s election commitment to build project delivery skills in the public sector, mirroring the success of the UK’s Major Projects Authority.
The University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, in partnership with Ernst & Young (EY), has been selected to establish the new academy, which will boost infrastructure leadership across the Victorian public sector.
Saïd Business School is a world leader in research on the rise and impact of complex mega projects, having set up and run the Major Projects Leadership Academy for the UK Government for the past five years.
Paired with EY’s in-depth local knowledge of the Victorian and Australian setting, this world class partnership will tailor a quality program that is relevant to the needs of Victoria’s infrastructure teams.
The Office of Projects Victoria (OPV) has undertaken a comprehensive process to appoint world class organisations for this important training program.
The Academy will provide high-quality training to ensure that the leaders of complex major projects are at the forefront of current project delivery thinking and are skilled accordingly.
It’s expected the first cohort of 25 project leaders from across 20 Victorian Government delivery agencies and departments will commence the program early next year.
The program will run for 12-18 months with intensive learning blocks for project leaders to learn together.
Government infrastructure investment will reach $13.7 billion in 2018-19, with a total of $78.9 billion in state capital projects commencing or underway.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas
“This Academy will help us build the local talent and leadership we need, to build the infrastructure our state needs.”
“We’re investing billions in the future of our state – giving Victorians the skills they need to deliver the biggest infrastructure pipeline in Victoria’s history.”