I hope that ACIF e-news subscribers had a relaxing Easter break. I certainly did, but there’s much to do on returning!

Last week it was announced that the Allan government in Victoria had removed the board of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). The current CEO, Anna Cronin, has been appointed as a new sole Commissioner from the 31st of March for a period of two years, to replace the current Board.  Further, two new advisory committees will be established, one for building and one for plumbing, to support the new Commissioner.

Further, Standards Australia has appointed Emma Harrington as its new Chief Executive Officer. Harrington has an extensive background in strategy innovation and transformation across a range of organisations, including senior leadership roles at the NRMA, Foxtel, Yahoo7, and Seven West Media. Former CEO Adrian O’Connell advised the Board and members last year that he would be retiring in 2024, and is supporting Harrington in a swift and smooth transition to CEO.

ACIF will assist to help drive positive change, and offer encouragement, support and good advice to the VBA and Standards Australia CEOs where we can, and welcomes them to their new roles/responsibilities.

In other news, Victoria’s Minister for Planning, Sonya Kilkenny MP, has approved Lendlease’s $1.7-billion project at the Queen Victoria Markets in Melbourne. Also, the Miles government in Queensland has opted for a $1.6 billion refurbishment of the old QEII Stadium at Nathan, and rejected the signature recommendation of the Quirk review into Olympic venues.

Best regards,

Dr James Cameron
ACIF Executive Director

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