Across Australia the total requirement for living in accommodation (LIA) for those Australian Defence Force members who must live on base is up to 6,400 rooms.
Single LEAP is the Defence Project designed to improve the standard of accommodation by providing single bedroom units for personnel required to live-in.
This accommodation will feature individual, self contained rooms with ensuite, limited meal preparation facilities, internet and phone connections and undercover car parking and secure storage space.
The Australian Government is committed to providing a living-in accommodation service that ensures the integrity of these facilities is maintained over a 30 year contractual period.
Providing new permanent accommodation will take several years and will be conducted in at least two phases.
Phase 1 of the project has delivered a total of 1,395 residential units, and associated ongoing accommodation management services, to Holsworthy Barracks (Sydney), Gallipoli Barracks (Enoggera, Queensland), and RAAF Base Amberley (Ipswich, Queensland) under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement with Plenary Living Pty Ltd.
The Directorate of compliance and governance in the Defence Support Group is now responsible for the ongoing management of Single LEAP Phase 1, including management of the PPP contract to ensure that the services being delivered meet agreed time, cost, quantity and quality standards.
AfterGovernment approval in March 2011, Defence successfully completed contract negotiations with Plenary Living (LEAP 2) Pty Ltd for the provision of 3,015 units of single member’s accommodation at 14 bases across mainland Australia.
On 8 June 2011, the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, signed a contract with Plenary Living (LEAP 2) Pty Ltd, a consortium that is working with regional builders.
Single Leap Phase 2 is anticipated to deliver occupation of the accommodation commencing progressively in 2012/13.
Project Single LEAP has engaged a Strategic Partner for the delivery of accommodation services for Phase 1 and Phase 2. Under a Public Private Partnership arrangement, the Strategic Partner is responsible for financing, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining accommodation services at contracted sites for a period of 30 years, following which time ownership of the properties will revert to Defence. Throughout the term of the contract Defence will pay the Strategic Partner a service fee for facilities including maintenance, servicing and mid-life upgrades, similar to a commercial lease arrangement.
This web site will be updated regularly to provide the latest SINGLE LEAP news.
For further information please e-mail the Project team.