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New body to deliver Victoria’s critical infrastructure projects

The Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA) will come together with the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) to become the Victorian Infrastructure Delivery Authority (VIDA).

VIDA will be responsible for delivering the state’s unprecedented transport infrastructure program as well as a crucial health infrastructure program.

This work will include more than 200 projects such as the Metro Tunnel, North East Link, and removing level crossings.

This change will create a bigger pool of skilled people that can work together across a diverse range of big projects, ensuring that operations are streamlined and efficient – also delivering an even better result for Victorians.

VIDA will be comprised of 4 project offices, Major Road Projects Victoria, Level Crossing Removal Project, the Metro Tunnel and the Victorian Health Building Authority, overseen by Director-General Kevin Devlin.

“This is a great opportunity to use our vast expertise and skills to deliver both major transport and health infrastructure projects together for the Victorian community,” Devlin said

“As we continue to deliver an unprecedented infrastructure program and crucial health services, we’re evolving the way we work to best deliver projects that produce the best value and outcomes for Victorians.”

Under the changes, Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) will become the Metro Tunnel Project as they focus on testing and commissioning ahead of its opening in 2025, while the Regional Rail Revival and Melbourne Airport Rail will transfer to the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) to focus on project development and delivery.

Once the Metro Tunnel Project is complete, all rail projects will be brought into a single project office focused on delivering Victoria’s rail infrastructure.

The creation of VIDA recognises the importance of delivering critical projects across the health and transport portfolios. The new entity will allow for expertise and experience to be shared across all of these major projects, continuing the pipeline of projects that make a real difference to Victorian communities.

Minister for Transport Infrastructure Danny Pearson will remain responsible for the delivery of transport infrastructure and Minister for Health Infrastructure Mary-Anne Thomas will remain responsible for the delivery of health infrastructure.