Property and Construction Division

Property and Construction Division (PCD) manages major capital works projects on behalf of the Australian Government and individual government entities. PCD also manages a non-Defence portfolio of properties comprising offices, land and other properties. In addition PCD oversees the Commonwealth Property Management Framework which includes legislation and policy for the management of property leased or owned by the Commonwealth, including acquisition, disposal and management of property interests

Property Divestment and Market Testing Taskforce

Assistant Secretary: Andrew Staines
Phone: (02) 6215 2124

The Property Divestment and Market Testing Taskforce (the Taskforce) is exploring opportunities for the Commonwealth to derive better value for money, greater consistency and improvements in efficiency from a more coordinated approach to property services delivery through the National Property Efficiency Program. The Taskforce supports the Australian Government’s agenda to modernise approaches for the efficient delivery and management of publicly funded services and assets, including the coordination of procurement arrangements for property services. The Branch also has responsibility for the divestment of surplus non-defence property across Australia, including those in Albury-Wodonga previously held by the Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation.

Property Efficiency and Performance Branch

Assistant Secretary: Nick Evans
Phone: (02) 6215 2555

Property Efficiency and Performance is responsible for developing policy, and providing guidance to Commonwealth entities on compliance and practice relating to property management. The Branch is responsible for driving efficiency in property leasing, pursuing efficiencies at a Whole-of-Australian-Government (WoAG) level and strives to improve the collection and management of property information. The Branch is also responsible for improved WoAG performance analysis and reporting for property services and assets.

Planning and Project Delivery Branch

Assistant Secretary: Phoebe Thompson (Acting)
Phone: (02) 6215 3814

Planning and Project Delivery is responsible for sustainable improvement in the construction of major, high-risk or complex capital works projects and property remediation projects as determined by the Australian Government, including successful delivery of allocated projects and provision of advice to Australian Government agencies on construction.

Property Legislation and Advice Branch

Assistant Secretary: Andrew Smith
Phone :(02) 6215 2682

Property Legislation and Advice Branch provides guidance to Commonwealth entities on:

  • legislation and policy requirements relating to Commonwealth property under the Lands Acquisition Act 1989  and the Commonwealth Property Disposals Policy ;
  • administration of the referral process for referring public works to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (Public Works Committee (PWC)) under the Public Works Committee Act 1969 and the PWC Procedure Manual; and
  • administration of elements of the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 relating to National Land and sections 69 and 70 of the Northern Territory (Self Government) Act 1979 relating to Commonwealth land in the Northern Territory.

Property Services Branch

Assistant Secretary: Stephen Oxford (Acting)
Phone: (02) 6215 1475

Property Services support the Department of  Finance’s role in maximising the potential of public assets to the benefits of taxpayers, driving Whole-of-Australian-Government property efficiencies through modernising approaches to the delivery and management of property assets and services, including the non-Defence domestic property portfolio. The portfolio includes a diverse range of property types including office buildings, law courts and other special purpose properties, public interest properties, heritage buildings, residential properties and vacant land.

The Branch also has a role achieving value for money in asset management, facilities management, lease administration, tenant liaison and contract management.

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Property and Construction Division: Current Projects

National Property Efficiency Program

The National Property Efficiency Program is aimed at capitalising on the Commonwealth’s position as a major purchaser of leases and facilities management services in the Australian property market.  It will be delivered through two key activities:

  • absorbing entities’ lease requirements, where feasible, into existing vacant office accommodation (Operation Tetris) undertaken in the ACT in 2015-16 and to be rolled out nationally from 2016-17; and
  • ensuring that leases and other property services are delivered through coordinated procurements that will maximise the Commonwealth’s substantial purchasing power.

Post Entry Quarantine Facility Project

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources leases and operates Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facilities in various states for the management of imported animals and plants under the Quarantine Act 1908. Existing leases on these sites are due to expire between 2015 and 2018 with no opportunity for lease extensions in the medium term. New PEQ facilities and infrastructure that satisfy contemporary quarantine standards and meet future demands, in particular for high risk species, are required. A single, consolidated facility was determined to be the best option to respond to this need.

The Post Entry Quarantine Facility Project (the Project) will be delivered by the Department of Finance (Finance). Finance is the owner of the Project site and will own the facility once built. Agriculture will operate and manage the PEQ facility.

The Site is located at 135 Donnybrook Road in Mickleham, Victoria which is a 144 hectare greenfield site. This site is located north west of the Craigieburn township, approximately 31 kilometres north of the Melbourne Central Business District and 16 kilometres north-east of the Melbourne International Airport. Early civil works commenced in April 2014 and Phase 1 facilities will be completed in 2015.Further information is available via the PEQ GovSpace website.

This information will be updated regularly.

Refurbishment works at The Lodge

The Lodge was built in the 1920s as the Canberra residence of the Prime Minister of Australia. Refurbishment works are required to prevent deterioration of the building fabric, consistent with the Department of Finance’s property management obligations.

Malabar Headland

Malabar Headland is an important coastal headland in the south eastern suburbs of Sydney. The site is rich in environmental, cultural and heritage values and is an important asset to the local community and the wider population of Sydney and New South Wales.


The Department of Immigration and Border Protection proposes to undertake a major redevelopment of the existing Villawood Immigration and Detention Facility in the suburb of Villawood, in Sydney. The Department of Finance has been given the responsibility for managing the delivery of the redevelopment on DIAC’s behalf.

The redevelopment will remediate the site and replace ageing infrastructure and facilities in accordance with the principles in the Standards for Design and Fit-out of Immigration Detention Facilities, Standards for Health Services in Australian Immigration Detention Centres, and the Detention Health Framework. It will also in corporate amenities that promote the health and wellbeing of people in detention, staff and visitors.

Early civil and remediation works commenced in the middle of 2011, with construction of the first stage of the project due to commence in early 2012. The design process for the redevelopment, which has been undertaken in close consultation with numerous stakeholder groups, is also due for completion around this time. A dedicated project website has been established which contains further information, and is regularly updated.

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Contact for information on this page: Property and Construction Contacts

Last updated: 11 May 2016