We are now the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA)
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Hospitals 02 March 2021

We are now the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA)

We’ve changed our name – we’re now the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA).

While our name has changed, our focus remains the same – to plan and build public health infrastructure that meets the current and future needs of all Victorians.

We’re continuing our work across the state:

  • planning and building new hospitals and ambulance stations, aged care and mental health facilities
  • redeveloping existing hospital facilities
  • replacing and upgrading engineering infrastructure and medical equipment.

Why our name has changed

As part of the Machinery of Government (MoG) changes, from 1 February 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services was separated into two new departments:

  • the Department of Health (DH)
  • the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH).

The new Department of Health is responsible for the Health, Ambulance Services, Mental Health and Ageing portfolios. As well as leading the Victorian Government’s public health response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

As a branch of the new Department of Health, we have changed our name to the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) to reflect our critical focus on delivering the Victorian Government’s $7.84 billion health infrastructure program.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be working behind the scenes to finalise our new logo and updated branding.

Continuing to deliver for all Victorians

As we transition to our new name, there will be no changes to our health infrastructure program or funding rounds that are currently open.

We currently have $7.84 billion of funded projects in planning and delivery across Victoria and $16.6 billion in managed assets. This includes planning and building new hospitals and ambulance stations, aged care and mental health facilities, redeveloping existing hospitals, as well as replacing and upgrading engineering infrastructure and medical equipment.

Projects currently in delivery and reaching completion this year include the:

We’re also progressing the planning on $1.87 billion of projects announced in the 2020-21 Victorian Budget including:

  • $541.6 million to redevelop and expand the Ballarat Base Hospital
  • $492 million for 144 new acute mental health beds in Melbourne hospitals
  • $384.4 million to redevelop Warrnambool Hospital
  • $134.6 million to commence planning the Kingston Centre aged care redevelopment
  • $75 million to secure a site for the new Melton Hospital
  • $66 million to begin purchasing land and commencing designing ten community hospitals
  • $10 million to plan the redevelopment of the Royal Melbourne Hospital at Parkville’s Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, as well as an additional site for the Royal Melbourne and Royal Women’s hospitals at the Arden Precinct.

As part of the Machinery of Government change (MoG), the Changing Places program will transition to the Children, Families, Communities and Disability division of the new Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH).

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Last updated: 03 March 2021