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Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health

The Government welcomes advice from the John Holland Fairbrother Joint Venture that Accuracy Interiors has had their contract to work on the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment terminated.

With Accuracy Interiors failing to confirm with the Joint Venture that they are solvent, there is now an opportunity to move forward with a new sub-contractor and ensure all workers are paid their entitlements and this critical project is completed on time.

I have been receiving regular briefings on this matter from the Project Director, and the project’s Executive Steering Committee (ESC), which includes the Secretaries of the Department of Health and Treasury and independent experts, met earlier this week and discussed this matter. 

The Chair of the ESC, Rhys Edwards, also met with the Board of the Joint Venture yesterday and is maintaining close engagement.

I have this morning tasked the ESC and Project Director to work directly with the Managing Contractor to ensure a swift transfer to a new sub-contractor.

My clear expectation, and my advice from the Project Director, is that:

·      All workers contracted by Accuracy Interiors should receive their full entitlements;
·      The RHH Redevelopment remains on track for delivery in mid-2019;
·      Plasterers contracted by Accuracy Interiors will be able to keep working on the project under the new sub-contractor;
·      All opportunities for further Tasmanian plasterers and tradespeople to be brought onto the project continue to be explored.

The treatment of their employees by Accuracy Interiors has been absolutely unacceptable and it is pleasing that their involvement with the project has been terminated.

I am having daily briefings with the Project Director and the Chair of the Executive Steering Committee during this critical phase and will provide further updates as they are available.