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: Lorraine Holcroft
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
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.
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.
Last updated: 15 September 2016