NSW Finance Minister Andrew Constance.

30 September 2013 — The NSW Government has announced it will outsource the property and facility management over its entire property portfolio – 847 buildings with close to 1.4 million square metres of office space.

NSW Finance Minister Andrew Constance said the move would save taxpayer dollars.

“Government agencies own or lease over 830 properties across the State and we spend around $7 million a year managing that portfolio,” Mr Constance said.

“There are lease arrangements for 1.4 million square metres of office space across the Sydney CBD, metropolitan and regional NSW.

“We are seeking responses from property specialists and private operators who have the right skills in property and facilities management. Our new approach will improve efficiency and transparency.”

The Government’s Expression of Interest seeks to obtain responses from organisations that possess the necessary skills and capabilities to perform the following integrated services:

  • asset management
  • property management
  • leasing and leasing management
  • facilities management
  • capital and tenancy works management capability
  • financial management and property transaction accounting
  • acquisitions and divestments capability
  • procurement
  • helpdesk capability

“This government believes the private sector can make a valuable contribution to the more efficient management of government office accommodation,” Mr Constance said.

The Green Building Council of Australia welcomed the move, saying it would produce more sustainable outcomes.

“The capacity of the private sector to deliver greater operational efficiencies and better, more sustainable work environments is proven, and engaging specialist firms in the management of the government’s 830-plus freehold and leasehold properties is an important demonstration of leadership when it comes to efficiency and transparency, as well as the health and well-being of public sector workers,” said GBCA chief operating officer Robin Mellon.

“Effective partnerships between government and industry are already reaping real rewards when it comes to the operational performance of buildings in New South Wales, with the members of the City of Sydney’s Better Buildings Partnership now saving more than $25 million a year on their electricity bills thanks to the program’s efficiency initiatives.”

An optional briefing session for prospective respondents is scheduled for Tuesday 15th October. More information on the expression of interest can be found at www.tenders.nsw.gov.au