The Redevelopment of the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania's largest ever health infrastructure project, is on track and on budget.
The Tasmanian Audit Office's report into Redevelopment RHH has been released and confirmed that the project was on budget and on track to be completed on time.
The findings of the report have been accepted and all recommendations relevant to the project have already been implemented, or are in the process of being implemented.
As the Audit Office report states, important progress on strengthening governance arrangements have been made and redesign work has the project on budget.
The bulk of this work to strengthen the governance and project management, and to review and redesign the project, was carried out and implemented over the past 12 months by DHHS, prior to and independent of the Report.
The planning and design stages did take longer than had been hoped. But, for something as important as this new state of the art hospital that will provide first class health services to all Tasmanians, time was taken to get it right.
The Managing Contractor submitted a proposed Guaranteed Construction Sum (GCS) before Christmas as planned.
Every detail of the offer is currently being reviewed to ensure it meets the government's specifications. The next stage is to formally accept the Sum, which will set the construction program.
It is anticipated the review of the GCS will be completed in coming weeks with construction of the new inpatient precinct to commence soon after.
The community will continue to be provided with regular updates on the project as has been done throughout the project.
Information about the Royal Redevelopment is available at http://www.redevelopmentrhh.tas.gov.au