Report on BER Taskforce Forum held in Qld - 20th May 2011

Published: Wednesday 29 June 2011

On Friday, 20th May 2011 at the Brisbane Polo Club 60 ACA/CEFPI members assembled over lunch to hear Brad Orgill and David Chandler of the Australian Government BER Implementation Taskforce, talk about their findings to date as they prepare to deliver their final report to the Government in August 2011. With 20 years Investment Banking experience and an OAM for services to the Construction Industry respectively, Brad and David provided a fascinating and detailed account of findings having assessed around 3,500 of the 10,000 BER projects throughout the country. The outcomes of the study will provide Australia's 22 Primary and Secondary Education Authorities (State, Catholic and Independent) with data and qualitative information which should have significant implications for the way Education Facilities are procured into the future. While an interim version of the report has been available since December 2010 on www.bertaskforce.gov.au the following points were of particular interest to those present:

Clearly the lunch was very informative and refreshing in its candour. It seems that the report, on its release, later this year will provide our sector with some clear guidance on the most effective use of funds for the delivery of future educational facilities.