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What’s happening at Consult Australia

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Nicola Grayson Victoria and Tasmania have both had a lot going on in recent months. The Victorian Government is moving ahead with its election commitment to introduce a mandatory system of registration for engineers. Draft legislation is now before Parliament and the Government plans to pass the legislation through prior to the election in November 2018. In meetings with the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, emphasis has been placed on the need to ensure that there is mutual recognition of other state schemes (i.e. QLD). Consult Australia’s Victorian Division has been proactive in providing feedback to key stakeholders including the Department of Treasury and Finance, which is responsible for drafting the legislation. Dr Collette Burke has been appointed as Victoria’s first Chief Engineer – to help oversee the state’s record infrastructure pipeline. Dr Burke will provide expert advice to the Government on major project design and engineering. The Chief Engineer role is based within the Office of Projects Victoria – a new expert body established by the Labor Government to oversee the planning and delivery of Victoria’s pipeline of major infrastructure projects, and provide advice to Government when developing and delivering new projects. Interestingly the Government has also tasked Dr Burke to help the Government establish a registration system for engineers to ensure that the industry is properly regulated for safety, compliance and competency. The Prime Minister and Acting Premier of Victoria has announced the Geelong City Deal, which will provide for: • An ambitious plan to generate economic growth, jobs and housing, reduce travel times and improve environmental outcomes to deliver measurable improvements to people’s quality of life and standard of living; • Engaging with the private sector to create better policy and regulatory settings for investment to accelerate the delivery of key infrastructure through consideration of alternative infrastructure funding models consistent with policy statements; and • Streamlined governance to enable effective collaboration, coordination within an across governments and strong leadership with clear accountabilities. Platinum Sponsor:

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TAS The Hobart Cities Deal aims to: •C  ement Hobart’s position as the gateway to East Antarctica and a world leader in Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientific research. •B  uild stronger partnerships between governments to promote coordinated strategic planning outcomes and service delivery. •G  uide a coordinated approach to transport planning including assessing the feasibility of future public transport options such as busways, light rail or ferries. •S  upport an innovative economy and build capabilities in STEM disciplines. •S  upport affordable housing, improved amenity and residential options. •P  rovide a catalyst for private sector investment and urban renewal opportunities at strategic inner-city sites.

Meanwhile, the Launceston Cities Deal will consider opportunities including: •R  elocating and redeveloping the University of Tasmania’s main Launceston Campus; • Implement the Greater Launceston Metropolitan Passenger Transport Plan; and •A  ssist the private sector to redevelop buildings in Launceston’s CBD for residential purposes.

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2018 March Consulting Matters  

Consult Australia's official quarterly publication focuses on the issues which are prevalent in the consulting industry through articles and...

2018 March Consulting Matters  

Consult Australia's official quarterly publication focuses on the issues which are prevalent in the consulting industry through articles and...

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