Improve the level of government facilities while maximizing opportunities for local traders
The new facilities management model, known as the Future Across Government Facilities Management Arrangements (AGFMA), is designed to optimize the management of critical government assets like hospitals, schools and prisons.
Infrastructure and Transport Minister Corey Wingard said that from December 1, 2021, the new arrangements will replace the current model of facilities management, which has become obsolete since its introduction in the 1990s.
“It will provide better maintenance and repair services for government assets, safer facilities and better coordinated services while providing the same strong work opportunities for local contractors, including in regional regions,” said Minister Wingard.
“The finalization of these new agreements is great news for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses in the state, as well as for the assets they will retain.
“The contribution of these entrepreneurs has been invaluable in shaping the new model to ensure the delivery of improvements throughout the system. “
The Department of Infrastructure and Transport has launched a competitive bidding process over the past 12 months, which has resulted in the appointment of Ventia Pty Ltd, a global company with established experience working in South Australia, including included with local contractors.
“Ventia is a large, proven facilities management company that provides services throughout regional and metropolitan South Australia and already works with over 3,000 contractors and employees across South Australia,” said Minister Wingard.
“The new arrangements will make it easier to quote for jobs, with less paperwork, and contractors will be able to plan more in advance.” “
Until the new provisions come into effect on December 1, services will continue to be coordinated by existing providers, Spotless and DIT.
“The State Government recognizes the valuable contribution of its Facilities Services staff and the Spotless team over many years in delivering services under the existing model,” said Minister Wingard.
DIT will work closely with its staff, Spotless, Ventia, contractors and government agencies to ensure a smooth transition to the new arrangements without disruption of services.
This will include a planned transition program including a series of roadshows, forums and consultation sessions to ensure that the local industry, especially in regional areas, is supported during the transition and into the future.