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Project Manager : Project Manager Feb Mar 2014
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 7 An impression of the new court facilities, to be delivered mid-2018 under ACT's first PPP e ACT Government is set to deliver much- needed upgrades to the existing Supreme Court building under the Ter ritory's rst public private partnership (PPP). With space for only two concurrent jury trials in the existing building, opened in 1963, the project will future proof the Territory's courts. " e more jury courts we have the more capacity we have for our judges and the Master of the Supreme Court to hear jury trials on a single day," Attor ney General Simon Corbell said. " is is a contemporary moder n court facility to meet the needs of the ACT for at least the next 50 years." e project is expected to wrap up by mid- 2018, with tendering starting immediately. It will link the Supreme Court with the adjacent Magistrates Court, while retaining many of the heritage features of the for mer. e PPP will provide an opportunity for signi cant cost savings to the Government. "Projects elsewhere in Australia and the world have been delivered e ectively under this model," ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr said. "It will allow for innovation and for the timely delivery of the infrastructure, and put competitive tension into the marketplace." While Bar r and Corbell would not speculate on the budget of the project while in the tender stage, Barr suggested it would be in excess of $100m, with PPPs only feasible on projects of at least that size. Both also spoke of the possibility of bundling ongoing services in contract. " ere is a range of services that are intrinsic to the operation of the courts and all of those will be considered and an appropriate bundle developed," said Corbell, while Bar r speci ed that design, constr uction, operation and maintenance might fall under an ongoing contract. is PPP is a test for the model in the Territory, with the Gover nment hoping to use PPPs for upcoming projects including the Capital Metro Light Rail, Convention Centre, City to the Lake and University of Canber ra Hospital projects. First ACT public private partnership A continuing skills crisis in the IT sector will see industry e orts to ll 21,000 new jobs over the next three years fall well short. While both Federal and State Gover nments have invested heavily in trying to nd a solution to the problem, workers within the sector are urging the Federal Gover nment to provide opportunities for graduates to gain experience on large projects. "We've got this vicious cycle where companies only want e xperienced people, and headhunt from each other, pushing up wage rates, but aren't doing the development of the new graduates," Chris Walton of Professionals Australia told ABC Radio's AM program. "We need to break that circuit and the only way we can see is for government, through its procurement, to require graduate programs to be part of the procurement tender," Walton e xplained. Government urged to give IT graduates big-project experience UK benchmarking and assessment rm Human Systems International (HSI) has been acquired by the Project Management Institute (PMI). HSI's approach to benchmarking will remain unchanged -- not tied to particular methodological approaches or standards. PMI acquires assessment and bench- marking firm In January 2014, Axelos, which is 51 per cent owned by Capita and 49 per cent by the UK Gover nment, took over from APMG as the overall accreditor for the Best Management Practice suite (including PRINCE2®, ITIL®, MoV®, MoP®, MoR®, MSP®, P3M3® and P3O®), handling product development, syllabus and examinations. Following the transfer of ownership from the UK Gover nment Cabinet Office to the new joint venture company, proposals were invited from suitably qualified organisations to act as Examination Institutes to administer the Best Management Practice suite of examinations. In October 2013, APMG was awarded a contract to operate as an Ex amination Institute for the A xelos portfolio of Best Management Practice products. "We're pleased that there will be no disruption for our Accredited Organisations," APMG CEO Richard Pharro said. "We will continue to administer the portfolio as we have done previously for Cabinet O ce, in a professional and diligent manner." Prince2 joint venture
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