The purpose of a master plan study is to identify and evaluate all the project planning options for the facility with consideration of the services to be provided, demographics, future trends, existing facilities, capital and recurrent costs and implementation strategy.
The outcome should be a master plan that is part of an asset development strategy for the next ten plus years for the health service / agency that provides for the optimum delivery of services. It should also confirm the services to be delivered and how they are provided.
Prior to undertaking a master plan study the health service / agency and the Department of Health and Human Services need to have developed an agreed approach that is based on the approved service and strategic business case. The service plan characteristics are to be reviewed against the benchmarks to establish an initial budget and area targets. These will be incorporated into the project planning brief. The planning brief will outline the current and future services to be provided and the role and function of the health service / agency in a state, regional and local context. It will also have established budget and area targets. Consequentially, the planning brief may need to be refined to reflect new issues as they arise.
Consultants will normally be engaged by the department to conduct a master plan study under the direction of a project control group (PCG). However, the completion of such a study is not a government commitment to funding the implementation of further works.
In consultation with both the department and the health service / agency, a master plan study is to consider the issues outlined in the key steps flowchart and following:
- functional review
- departmental benchmarks
- site investigation
- assessment of existing assets:
- site infrastructure
- building and building engineering services
- planning unit physical condition, functional suitability, compliance and operational efficiency
- utilisation assessment
The master plan study outcome should clearly identify the preferred development strategy that will enable a health service / agency to deliver its services in the most effective and cost efficient manner, taking into consideration best value and the return on capital investment.
The master plan may be undertaken in conjunction with the feasibility study subject to the approval of the Infrastructure Planning and Delivery (IPD) branch project manager.
The master plan study outcome(s) may lead to the development of capital projects for which a specific functional brief will need to be prepared and a feasibility study undertaken.
Similar to the services plan, the master plan is a working document that should be reviewed regularly or when major changes to assets occur to ensure they are compatible with one another and reflect current general trends and local needs.
* A more detailed value management study will need to be undertaken for projects in excess of $5M.