Building Queensland now has its board and its statutory
The Act establishing a new independent statutory body which is
intended to drive Queensland's infrastructure pipeline and to
boost investment in infrastructure projects has now been passed and
assented to, and is awaiting proclamation. 1
So what's different in the Building Queensland Act?
Earlier involvement: The Act makes it clear
that Building Queensland can assist a government agency in the
preliminary preparation of an infrastructure proposal, through the
consideration or development of the proposal prior to the
preparation of a business case if:
it is likely to be an infrastructure proposal that meets the
criteria for Building Queensland's development of the business
case (ie. if the capital cost or the net present value of financial
commitments of the State is estimated to be greater than $50
it is directed to do so by the Minister.
Greater transparency: Building Queensland is
now obliged to publish:
summaries of the infrastructure projects it has assisted with
as soon as practicable after giving the summary to the
the infrastructure pipeline document and each update to it
within 28 days of giving the document to the Minister; and
directions given by the Minister within 28 days after receiving
Building Queensland must also omit any confidential information
from the published material. It will be interesting to see how
broadly that obligation is applied.
Additionally, the Act now provides for some sensible obligations
on, and for scrutiny of, board members with respect to any
indictable offences and criminal history.
Shortly after passing the Act, the Government named the eight
members that would form the board of management and join Mr. David
Quinn (as Chief Executive Officer) to administer the functions and
powers of Building Queensland.
The chairperson is Mr Alan Millhouse. The four part-time members
are Mr James McKenzie, Mr Graham Hooper, Professor Catherin Bull
and Ms Jacqui Walters. The Department of the Premier and Cabinet,
Treasury and the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and
Planning will be represented on the board by each of their
respective chief executives: Mr David Stewart, Mr Jim Murphy and Mr
The board members will have a key role in guiding the
development of infrastructure throughout Queensland and ensuring
that Building Queensland will operate apolitically and
independently in evaluating proposals and developing rigorous
business cases through transparent and disciplined frameworks.
Where to now for Building Queensland?
Building Queensland was established within the Department of
Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and has already
commenced its role in leading the development of business cases for
a number of key projects, including the Train Control System
upgrade and the assessment of options for public safety regional
radio communications in regional Queensland.
Now that it has been formally established as an independent
statutory body and its first board has been appointed, it will be
up to Building Queensland to deliver on its mandate of providing
objective and transparent advice to the Queensland Government to
enable better infrastructure decisions and to identify a pipeline
of priority projects.
1At the time of writing, the Act had not yet
been proclaimed. It commences upon proclamation.
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