Victorian government appoints new head of project agency

By Shannon Jenkins

September 30, 2020

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Cressida Wall has been named chief executive of the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance’s project delivery agency, Office of Projects Victoria (OPV).

Wall was most recently Victorian executive director at the Property Council of Australia, and has previously been a member of the OPV board.

She has also worked as a senior adviser and head of policy development to past Victorian premiers, and as chief of staff to former Victorian minister of roads and ports Tim Pallas. Pallas is currently the state treasurer.

Cressida Wall

Outgoing OPV chief executive Dr. Kevin Doherty recently took on the role of group director, transport and infrastructure with consultancy firm Beca. The OPV has thanked him for his leadership over the past two years.

“[Doherty] has helped shape Office of Projects Victoria to be a trusted and valued project partner in helping the Victorian government deliver on its significant infrastructure investments,” it wrote on LinkedIn.

Victorian chief engineer Collette Burke also recently departed the agency.

Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison said Wall has played a major role in housing, planning and infrastructure policy in Victoria, and would “be of incredible value for the Victorian government”.

“Cressida has done an outstanding job leading the Victorian property industry through the pandemic. We thank her for this work and wish her well for the future,” he said.

“Providing Victoria with the infrastructure it needs for the future is vital for the property industry and we wish her every success in the role.”


Read more: Morrison signals push for public servants to return to CBDs


The Property Council on Wednesday backed Scott Morrison’s call for public servants to return to their offices.

“You can’t have economic recovery without thriving CBD economies. Building owners and managers have worked to ensure their office buildings are COVID-safe and ready for workers to return. It’s time to get Australia moving again,” chief executive Ken Morrison said.

“Our CBDs are big drivers of productivity and economic activity. Their reactivation is absolutely essential to economic recovery, including supporting all of those businesses which depend on CBD office workers for their viability.”

The organisation noted that a recent survey of its members has shown office building occupancy in major CBDs has remained well below pre-pandemic levels.

While Melbourne’s occupancy rate of 10% was the lowest in the country in September — followed by Sydney at 35% — Hobart’s was the highest, at 78%.

Canberra’s office occupancy sat at 46% in September, while Brisbane’s occupancy was 52%, Perth’s was 63%, Adelaide’s was 67%, and Darwin’s was 70%.


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