Working at the VHBA

A great workplace is defined by its people.

That’s why we’ve built a valued-based, respectful and inclusive workplace – one that encourages innovation and a curiosity to improve outcomes for all Victorians.

Every person in our organisation plays a role in the VHBA successfully delivering best-practice, sustainable, adaptable and inclusive infrastructure.

Whether it’s building state-of-the-art public hospitals, mental health and rehabilitation facilities, or modernising aged care, we help our people achieve their personal best by striving to:

  • benefit our community through the delivery and management of world class health infrastructure
  • build a learning organisation that is flexible and responsive to changing priorities
  • provide opportunities for our teams to develop key skills
  • empower our people to lead fulfilling careers
  • create an inclusive workplace.

Careers pathways

Planning and Development

The Planning and Development team are responsible for the initiation of all capital projects, from identifying a service need in the community through to developing business plans and strategies to get them funded and built.

As the team develops a plan for new infrastructure, it considers the unique aspects of the precinct and region it will serve, and how it will contribute to the wider health network.

The team have developed a deep understanding of service needs, local demographics, future population trends, wide industry knowledge and key critical benchmarks.

They have also forged strong partnerships with the state’s health services, with clinical input sourced via forums to make sure each built environment meets the operational requirements of clinical staff.

Careers pathways

Planning and Development

The Planning and Development team are responsible for the initiation of all capital projects, from identifying a service need in the community through to developing business plans and strategies to get them funded and built.

As the team develops a plan for new infrastructure, it considers the unique aspects of the precinct and region it will serve, and how it will contribute to the wider health network.

The team have developed a deep understanding of service needs, local demographics, future population trends, wide industry knowledge and key critical benchmarks.

They have also forged strong partnerships with the state’s health services, with clinical input sourced via forums to make sure each built environment meets the operational requirements of clinical staff.

Delivery

Once funding approval has been given for capital projects, usually via an approved business case submitted to government, the Delivery team is responsible for managing their development, from design and appointment of contractors right through to construction, defects and liability periods.

Currently VHBA are responsible for the delivery of more than $8 billion of new health infrastructure across Victoria.

Each team member has extensive commercial and technical knowledge and expertise across tendering, procurement and capital construction functions. They’re responsible for holding contractors to account and managing project timelines, scope and deliverables of the build.

The Delivery team will use a variety of commercial procurement approaches including Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and straightforward construction management to make sure taxpayer monies are spent in the most effective way.

Asset Strategy

The Asset Strategy team provide technical guidance and support to enable health services to manage and operate facilities to the relevant regulatory standards.

The specialist areas within the team are property, engineering, asset management and environmental sustainability. They are responsible for oversight of $15.3 billion of built infrastructure, totalling over 2,500 critical health assets across the state. Put another way, that means the team provides technical oversight for 3.3 million square metres of health infrastructure assets.

The team manages over $500 million in funding programs and grant projects, including the governments flagship $350 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, the $60 million Medical Equipment and Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program and has facilitated investment of $30 million in energy efficiency and solar through the Greener Government Buildings program

Communications and Engagement

The Communications and Engagement unit leads the design and delivery of strategic and digital communications and community engagement for VHBA.

Their role is to help VHBA tell a clear, compelling and consistent story. Their work enables Victorians to better understand, access and share information about the planning and development of our projects, and become involved in shaping the final outcomes.

The team provides a range of services, including:

  • strategic, internal and external communications
  • media relations
  • digital and social media (digital engagement and content development)
  • creative content (video production, graphic design, photography, animation)
  • management of advertising campaigns
  • stakeholder and community engagement advice and implementation
  • strategic advice and delivery of events.

Business Services and Program Management Office

The Business Services and Program Management Office team are the engine room of the entire branch, supporting the work of the four other VHBA teams.

They provide assistance, direction and frameworks around the processes and procedures used day-to-day, managing legal, financial, information and communications technology, human resources and business services.

Our team provides a range of services, including:

  • legal
  • human resources
  • information technology
  • program management office
  • finance
  • advisory/governance.

Our values guide our behaviour and work practices and underpin everything we do. They influence how we interact with each other, our stakeholders, partners, and all Victorians.

We are respectful

  • We treat people with fairness, objectivity, and courtesy
  • We listen and communicate honestly and clearly
  • We seek to understand others' perspectives, experiences and contributions
  • We recognise and value people's diversity, equality and human rights.

We have integrity

  • We are trustworthy, and we do what we say we will do
  • We are professional in all our dealings with others
  • We stay true to our values when it's easy and when it's difficult.

We collaborate

  • We help each other as colleagues
  • We generously share our knowledge, expertise and skills
  • We work in partnership with people and organisations to find the best approach
  • We are inclusive and seek people's input and involvement.

We care for people, families and communities

  • We involve people in decisions that affect their lives
  • We value our colleagues, and we develop and support them to be resilient and effective
  • We have empathy for people and seek to understand their perspectives
  • We support and empower people through our work.

We are accountable

  • We each take ownership of the quality and demonstrable impacts of our work
  • We ensure that our decisions and actions are evidence-based and outcomes-focused
  • We are careful about and transparent in how we use public resources.

We are innovative

  • We are flexible, creative and responsive to changing needs
  • We have the courage to take informed risks and try something new
  • We are reflective and seek feedback to inform and shape our work.

We are proud of our inclusive workplace and encourage applications from people with a disability, LGBTIQ+ and Aboriginal people, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The Department of Health is recognised by Pride in Diversity’s Australian Workplace Equality Index as a bronze employer for LGBTI workplace inclusion, and we offer support programs and networks to foster greater diversity and inclusion, including:

  • the Aboriginal Staff Support Network (ASSN) which provides support for Aboriginal employees through a range of key areas relating to Aboriginal health and wellbeing
  • the Victorian Public Sector Network for People with Disabilities, which represents the needs, interests, and concerns of Victorian Public Sector employees with lived experience of disability, to ensure fair and equitable treatment.

The Victorian Public Service (VPS) is more open, diverse and innovative than ever before.

A career with us provides opportunities to help shape Victoria’s future and create better outcomes for Victorian communities.

As a public sector employee, you can expect:

  • fair selection – merit based as well as support for underrepresented groups
  • fair salary – plus superannuation contributions and salary sacrificing options
  • structured progression and professional development opportunities
  • objective evaluation – transparent performance frameworks
  • flexible working arrangements – to suit your personal and career needs as they change over time
  • employee assistance programs – for emotional, mental and general psychological wellbeing
  • mobility – transfer between departments and agencies and secondments.
Victorian Health Building Authority
  • Location
  • 35 Collins St, Melbourne Victoria 3000

Last updated: 16 August 2021