Managing Your Projects Remotely

New working initiatives during the Coronavirus pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic has put at risk the delivery of local government services and good governance, highlighting the need for managing projects remotely. The pandemic has brought into question the ability of councils to successfully deliver on their promises to the community this financial year. This year, 2020, is also a year that will end with local government elections. 


At this critical time and in the lead up to the local government election caretaker period, CT Management Group associates can continue to successfully deliver your capital and strategic projects, working with you in programming the 2020-2021 financial year and managing projects remotely. Our associates come with their own IT equipment and are already set up for remote access. We understand local government and therefore can fit in and respond quickly, operating within the federal government’s social distancing laws and requirements.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has announced that construction is an essential service and can continue whilst workers observe social distancing protocols. Project management and delivery of capital works programs is a key specialisation of CT Management Group.

We work under a project management framework with the necessary checks and balances to ensure good project assurance and quality outcomes. We can continue to deliver your capital projects, at the same time working with you to transition your current operating procedures into more resilient offline (remote access) procedures that can be used in the future.

CT Management Group can continue to assist you with the detailed scoping and programming of your projects. This will save money, provide more accurate project staging and allow more projects to progress to achieve planning approval, costing and tendering, ready to commence construction as soon as possible.


CT Management Group also offer planning services as councils across Victoria prepare planning scheme reviews and work with DELWP on translating planning schemes to meet the Ministerial Direction. Planning services can be successfully delivered remotely as more time is put into online video and phone conferencing with less time spent commuting.

We will provide detailed weekly reporting on what’s been achieved and what’s next to ensure the executive team and councillors have comfort that there will be no change to the timing of a program. The only change is how we engage and deliver.

In the 10 year period 2010-2019:

  • Total CAPEX program was $24.48bn
  • Total CAPEX delivered was $20.45bn
  • Total CAPEX not delivered was $4.02bn or 16% of the total program
  • Last three years between 2019-2019 ($1.66bn) or 19% of the CAPEX program was not delivered.
  • Of the $20.45bn delivered:
    • 47% or $9.58bn in renewal
    • 15% or $3.16bn in upgrade
    • 38% or $7.71bn in new/expansion
  • Average depreciation across the sector was 1.81%
  • Average life of assets was 55 years
  • Renewal investment ($9.58bn) were 37% below depreciation charges ($13.1bn) – expect condition of assets to have declined.

This points to:

  • CAPACITY problem in project delivery.
  • Underinvestment in renewal of exiting asset stock.

CT Management Group has project managers ready to assist.

We also have a range of initiatives to undertake community engagement that meet the requirements of the Planning and Environment Act at a time when social gatherings are not possible.

For more information on how CT Management Group can assist your council in managing projects remotely and delivering them on time, please contact us on 1300 500 932 or via the form below.

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