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Accessible Buildings Program

Project delivery

As part of the Accessible Buildings program (ABP) delivery model, works can be undertaken through different methods based on the project scope, cost, and complexity.

ABP Project Manager

In most instances, works are managed and delivered through the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA). Either a building contractor or an ABP Project Manager (Consultant) is appointed to oversee the project and be the point of contact for the school and community. Their role may also include:

  • visiting the school to develop a scope of works and a cost estimate and prioritises works to accommodate the specific needs in the application
  • briefing the school and community on the proposed amenity modifications
  • managing project operations including site access arrangements, contractor claims and advice, coordinating the completion and handover process, and notifying the Department’s Asset Management System (Atrium) regarding the facility modifications

Grants

In some instances where schools are seeking minor works that are considered straight forward, the project can be delivered through the school as a grant. This is where the school engages a builder directly to undertake the approved works.

When the project is finished, the school must submit a Completion Acquittal Form to the VSBA. A reimbursement of funds is then made to the school within four weeks.

Hearing applications

There is an approved panel of hearing technology suppliers to support the provision and installation of compatible hearing technology in schools. They also provide assistance by demonstrating the products to the staff on site. School visits are not usually necessary for hearing equipment technology projects.

Guidance chapter on the Accessible Buildings Program delivery model, including grants for minor, straightforward works in schools

Reviewed 09 June 2020

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