The Strategic Asset Plan is a service driven, evidence-based and holistic approach to lifting the standard of court infrastructure across Victoria
Court Services Victoria aims to enable the provision of accessible justice to all Victorians through a portfolio of buildings that are functional, safe, secure and sustainable. Ensuring that buildings meet the service needs of jurisdictions and the community, now and into the future.
The Plan provides a transformative vision for creating a modern, technology-enabled, 21st century court and tribunal network in Victoria to meet the service needs of Victoria’s expanding population. It provides a blueprint for investment in courts for the next 15 years to ensure that Victorians have access to justice services.
The Plan was informed by a Service and Infrastructure Study that comprised a comprehensive audit of current assets, benchmarking of best practice and service trends, and projections of future service demand. The study found that Victorian courts are not equipped to meet the forecast growth in population and demand, and highlighted dramatic disparities in the quality of court infrastructure across Victoria.
The Service Plan
The asset portfolio is diverse and geographically dispersed, with major buildings in the Melbourne CBD Legal Precinct and metropolitan areas, to single courtroom facilities throughout regional Victoria. The portfolio includes many significant and heritage-listed courts, however many buildings are in poor condition.
The Victorian courts and tribunals operate as an interconnected network in their service delivery. Demand varies across the state, driven primarily by population, which has led to significant pressure in some areas. A Court Services Delineation Model provides a framework for identifying service provision requirements, location, type and future need within defined catchments on a state-wide basis.
The Key Priority
The Plan has six areas of focus:
1. Enabling specialist court infrastructure including family violence response
2. Ensuring safe, flexible, future proofed and fit-for-purpose environments that are technology-enabled
3. Delivering Melbourne CBD Legal Precinct development requirements
4. Delivering Melbourne growth corridor development priorities
5. Implementing the Court Services Delineation Model across metropolitan and regional Victoria
6. Identifying a set of principles that will determine proper priorities and allocation of resources for new capital works and maintenance of the existing assets throughout Victoria
CSV’s strategy for delivering functional, safe, secure and sustainable courts and tribunals via excellent and expert asset management is centred on taking a service-driven strategic approach that is informed and evidence-based.
The whole asset lifecycle will be considered with expert capability gathered on this basis, working in an environment of continuous improvement to ensure that CSV’s assets meet the service needs of the Victorian community. This is further outlined in the Asset Management Framework.
Over the next 15 years CSV will:
- Build and enhance Victoria’s network of court and tribunal assets in the Melbourne CBD Legal Precinct, metropolitan Melbourne, and regional Victoria, to cater for current and future demand. This includes expanding a number of existing facilities or investing in new assets to meet service needs in areas of significant population growth.
- Develop Victoria’s network of court and tribunal assets as one interconnected system.
- Distribute services to ensure that provision of access to court and tribunal services is relative to the distribution and demand from the population.
- Ensure equitable and consistent court services availability and distribution that is focussed on lifecycle management through implementing the Court Services Delineation Model.
- Drive technology-enabled access, service efficiency and safety for all parties.
- Divest or release of leases to optimise the efficiency and utilisation of buildings.
- Ensure flexible use of assets via leasing, multi-jurisdictional sharing, co-location and links with local community.
- Develop integrated service delivery networks and precincts.
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