National PPP Guidelines
South Australia and all the other Australian States came together in 2008 to adopt the Infrastructure Australia National PPP Policy and Guidelines which aim to create a national market, via a consistent and coordinated approach to PPP procurement. This includes the development of standardised documents and contracts, promotion of inter-jurisdictional conversation on PPP matters, and the creation of a well-developed national PPP market.
The National PPP Policy and Guidelines effectively replace the former Partnerships SA guidance material as the primary reference material for PPP projects. The National PPP Guidelines are available on the Infrastructure website.
DTF’s role in PPP’s
Under the National Guidelines, the South Australian Treasurer is the lead Minister for all South Australian PPPs. As such, DTF has responsibility for PPP policy and general oversight, with a particular focus on commercial and financial matters such as refinancings, assessing changes in control of a private sector partner, and on contractual matters with a financial or commercial dimension.
SA Schools PPP
DTF is the lead agency responsible for delivering the new SA Schools Project, which is being procured as a PPP. DTF is working in close collaboration with the Department for Education to ensure the delivery of operationally fit for purpose facilities comprising two birth-12 schools at Aldinga and Ange Vale, with associated enabling works, including roads and intersections, being coordinated by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
The new school will accommodate 1,500 students, 100 special school students and a 75 place children’s centre (total 1,675 places), plus 211 teaching and support staff. Each school will also cater for future facility expansion. The new schools project will provide modern educational facilities in fast-growing regions of our community. Further information is also available on the Department for Education website.