The Community Safety Building Authority (CSBA) was formed a little over a year ago to build and upgrade the infrastructure needed to help keep the Victorian community safe.
Establishing a new group is challenging at the best of times. And these have been extraordinary times. CSBA’s inaugural year of operations has occurred in one of the most challenging environments in recent memory, as the Victorian community has experienced major emergencies with fires, floods and the coronavirus (COVID‑19) pandemic.
I’m incredibly proud of the achievements we have made over this period. We’ve built on the best work of our predecessor business units within DJCS to forge a cohesive group, focused on being the best at what we do.
In the past year, CSBA has managed a portfolio of projects with a budget of over 3 billion dollars, including $1.42 billion of new investment across the prison system in the 2019-20 State Budget.
A number of projects have reached practical completion this year or will do so imminently. It’s also very pleasing to see our major high value, high risk projects reaching significant milestones, and the progress on these projects being reflected through positive Gateway reviews and working relationships with our contractors.
We have done a significant amount of work to improve project governance and reporting, while also refining our approach to risk and issues management. We have also increased project monitoring and oversight and have worked with our clients to ensure clarity in roles and responsibilities. This revised approach to project delivery has helped ensure that our projects are delivered to a high quality, on time and within budget.
Our high-value, high-risk projects have undergone a number of Gateway reviews, obtaining a ‘green’ result for each. This positive result is testament to our business transformation to date, and our continued focus on achieving excellence in project delivery.
In addition to contributing to the achievement of government priorities under the Community Safety Statement, our projects are providing positive economic impacts across the state including through supporting job creation in regional and metropolitan areas. This has never been more important than now.
All of this work puts us in a strong position to continue to build on our growing reputation for excellence in service delivery over the coming year and beyond.
Unsurprisingly, our biggest strength remains our people. I thank everyone at CSBA for their hard work and the commitment they bring each and every day to delivering great outcomes, and in particular for continuing to do so under difficult conditions during this pandemic. Our achievements over our first year are testament to this commitment, and I look forward to the next year of milestones and positive outcomes.
Deputy Secretary, Justice Infrastructure
Chief Executive Officer, Community Safety Building Authority