Victoria delivers $144 billion infrastructure program

The Victorian Government has appointed partners to help deliver a $144 billion infrastructure program, aimed at developing the skills and expertise of the state’s major construction project leaders.

McKinsey & Company and the Stanford Centre for Professional Development will deliver the Office of Projects Victoria’s (OPV) Australian Major Projects Leadership Academy (AMPLA) program.

“This world-class upskilling initiative will ensure that our key decision makers are on top of their game with enhanced skillsets that are critical when delivering a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure pipeline of projects,” said Office of Projects Victoria CEO Cressida Wall.

The 12-month program enhances the capability of public sector leaders to guide Victoria’s 160-plus major road and rail projects including Metro Tunnel, level crossing removals, the West Gate Tunnel, North East Link, Suburban Rail Loop, Melbourne Airport Rail and major road upgrades around the state.

Health projects include construction of the new Footscray Hospital, expansion of the emergency departments at the Casey Hospital Berwick and Werribee Mercy Hospital, and redevelopment of the Ballarat Base Hospital.

“This program builds the state’s project management and delivery skills and ensures Victorians get great value from every initiative on the go,” said Treasurer Tim Pallas.

The training focuses on onsite learning tailored to participants’ needs – with their areas of professional growth identified using capability development plans – to improve construction management and leadership skills.

Participants are provided specific work-related tools and undertake real-time learning by identifying and completing a workplace project over the course of the program.

Established in 2019, the AMPLA program will have trained 229 major project leaders from across Australia by the end of 2022.

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