A dedicated Taskforce to help keep Victoria’s building and development industry running during the coronavirus crisis has been established.

The Victorian Government has set up a dedicated taskforce to help keep the state’s building and development industry running through the coronavirus crisis.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne and Treasurer Tim Pallas will oversee the Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce, which will investigate planning and investment opportunities to boost Victoria’s building and development industry over the short, medium and long term.

The Taskforce will provide real-time advice to Government on issues impacting the industry, helping to remove barriers to building and development works, vital for supporting Victorian jobs, housing and infrastructure.

The Taskforce will work with industry and unions to review existing major building and development projects, ensuring workers stay safe and healthy while we deliver the infrastructure Victoria needs.

The Taskforce will initially focus on overseeing the fast-tracking of planning approvals using Ministerial powers, where decisions have been delayed due to coronavirus related impacts on the Victorian Planning System.

The Government will also seek the Taskforce’s advice on a pipeline of building and development projects over the longer term, including initiatives that further expand social housing options.

The Taskforce will advise on financial incentives and current revenue measures – such as land tax, developer contributions, fees and rates – and make recommendations to help businesses survive and fast-track investment.

The co-chairs of the Taskforce -- Roger Teale, Jude Munro AO and Stan Krpan – bring a depth of leadership experience in the private and public sectors.

Roger Teale was a former President of the Property Council (Vic) and Senior Executive at LendLease, Jude Munro AO is chair of the Victorian Planning Authority and Stan Krpan is a Victorian Public Service CEO.

The Taskforce will receive advice from three Industry Working Groups and be guided by a Steering Committee, involving representatives from industry peak bodies and unions.

The Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce will run for an initial period of three months, reporting back to government with recommendations.

View the Taskforce’s terms of reference for more information.

Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce is currently investigating priority projects across Victoria for potential to be fast-tracked:

For any enquiries relating to the Taskforce, please email: submissions.BVRT@delwp.vic.gov.au.