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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Page: 12664

Superclinics

(Question No. 594)


Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, in writing, on 14 September 2011:

In respect of the 64 clinics under the GP Super Clinics Program, how many (a) funding agreements have (i) concluded, (ii) specified a date for practical completion, and (b) organisations achieved practical completion of the works on or before the original specified date for practical completion.


Ms Roxon: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) (i) Funding Agreements with GP Super Clinic grant recipients include a 20 year Designated Use Period following the achievement of Practical Completion for the GP Super Clinic construction or refurbishment. This means that no Funding Agreements have yet concluded.

(ii) All of the Funding Agreements with GP Super Clinic funding recipients include an indicative date for Practical Completion. It is acknowledged that the Practical Completion date for individual projects may vary from the original indicative date as factors beyond the control of funding recipients may impact a project from time to time. Such factors include the availability of land/suitable premises for the clinic, local council planning and approval processes, availability of construction workforce and materials, and weather conditions. The size and complexity of the construction project can also impact on the anticipated project timeframe.

(b) As indicated above, the timetable for achieving Practical Completion by GP Super Clinic funding recipients is heavily dependent on external factors beyond the control of the funding recipient including the availability of land/suitable premises for the clinic, local council planning and approval processes, availability of construction workforce and materials, and weather conditions. The size and complexity of the construction project can also impact on the anticipated project timeframe.

The Department monitors the Funding Agreements for each GP Super Clinic and negotiates variations to milestone timeframes, if required, to reflect the impact of these external influences.