The GP Super Clinics Program provided significant investment in primary care infrastructure, and thus required and mostly delivered robust financial, contract and risk management processes, some of which have evolved over the life of the program.
The Program was established in the time of the Global Financial Crisis when many capital investments in construction failed. The completion rates for the GP Super Clinics compare favourably to construction industry experience given the financial conditions. Of the two non-completed clinics out of 37 sites, one is due for completion following further negotiations about funding. The second clinic will not progress, due to the inability of the funding recipients to raise funds above and beyond the grant from the Australian Government.
There were delays in completion of the GP Super Clinics, due to the complexities and associated regulatory requirements which occur in any construction projects. Many of the delays were associated with inaccuracies in estimation of timeframes by funding recipients for construction management.