BHAPM is the Program Co-ordinator of the Relocatable Accommodation Service (RAS) Program currently comprising a fleet of approximately 5,500 Department of Education (DET) owned Relocatable Buildings. These buildings are modular buildings, transportable by road, that can be moved on site readily or, if required, lifted in and out of sites by crane.
The Program requires extensive and robust management at both the program and portfolio levels. BHAPM, as the current Program Co-ordinator, provides professional, prompt, responsive, and flexible services including analysis and liaison, agreement management and administration, inspections and reports, and ad hoc services for DET. The Program Co-ordinator role requires strong knowledge of DET policies, systems, and processes and close collaboration with DET to deliver quality outcomes.
DET’s fleet comprises buildings of varying sizes which are of varying age and condition. The RAS program undertakes moves of Relocatable Buildings each year in response to school population fluctuations and related changes to area entitlements, as well as providing temporary accommodation during school capital projects or where school facilities have been damaged by fire or storms. Each relocatable building comprises a number of modules. The current dual classroom design comprises five modules. The modules are bolted together and can form a diverse range of buildings of varying sizes and configurations. Individual modules of the most recent design are 3.6 metres wide by 9.6 metres long.
Relocatable Buildings are a cost-effective and flexible means of providing classrooms and other ancillary spaces in schools. Relocatable Buildings are most commonly used as general teaching spaces to supplement permanent school facilities. Some Relocatable Buildings provide specialist rooms such as music or science facilities, toilet blocks, or other special purpose spaces.
The number of transfers delivered under Relocatable Accommodation Services has experienced significant and steady growth in recent times. The increase in demand has stemmed from a combination of population growth, high density suburban developments, and emerging regional growth corridors. The RAS program will deliver more than 300 projects for enrolment growth in 2017/2018 and plays a key part in solving the DET’s evolving infrastructure demands.
The Transfer Services currently include the following:
The Procurement Services currently include the following:
The Government’s “No More Asbestos in Victoria’s Schools” policy committed funding in 2015/2016 & 2016/2017 for the removal of 780 old asbestos-containing relocatable classrooms, which was successfully co-ordinated by the Relocatable Accommodation Service.