Victoria's building growth continues to rise with new data showing released from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveals building approvals and construction work completed in the past 12 months have continued their upward trend with the total value of building approvals increased by 3.3 per cent to $3.29 billion in July 2017, up more than 20 per cent over the year.
The value of non-residential building approvals also increased 2.8 per cent in the month, and is 77.2 per cent higher over the year. By comparison, the number of dwelling unit approvals nationally fell by 1.7 per cent in July.
Current tenders for construction and building in Victoria are upwards of 285 as at time of publication. There are an additional 72 future tenders currently published on Australian Tenders. They can be viewed in detail by subscribers and as headlines by registered users.
Victoria's Treasurer Tim Pallas said that the government was actively creating an environment conducive to construction activity and building approvals.
“We will continue to support economic growth and job creation through our record investment in health, transport, roads and education," he said today.
During the 12 months to July 2017, Victoria had the second highest value of total building approvals and the second highest number of dwelling unit approvals in the nation.
The total value of Victoria’s building approvals was more than a third of the national total of $10.1 billion.
In a report released this month by the Victorian Auditor-General's office, there are significant challenges that need to be overcome in order the meet the unprecedented growth.
"Rapid growth is creating unprecedented challenges for infrastructure and service delivery, especially in growth areas where services are limited and generally lag behind population settlement," the report states.
Eleven recommendations were made by the Auditor-General, including six directed to the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning, three for the Department of Education and Training, and one each for the Victorian Planning Authority, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Report included recommendations for strategic land use planning and implementation arrangements:
The aim of strategic land use planning is to design future communities that achieve the government’s high-level social, economic and environmental objectives. Effective implementation arrangements support land use plans to create communities that are attractive, inclusive and liveable.
Effective strategic land use planning systems should encompass:
- clear governance arrangements, including leadership, lines of authority, and roles and responsibilities for participating agencies
- active engagement with key government and non-government stakeholders
- minimum service standards for determining the essential community facilities needed for new communities in line with government objectives
- ongoing review and monitoring of land use plans to ensure that they achieve their intended outcomes.
Effective implementation arrangements should include:
- coordinated effort between relevant agencies to agree on priorities and to sequence investment to meet plan outcomes
- clear accountabilities for implementing and reviewing delivery of strategic infrastructure and service plans.
More can be seen in the video released with the report.