Techne Development’s objective

To deliver a 13,800sqm commercial office development to house the national headquarters of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and the regional office for the Department of Health and Human Services.


The development is situated in central Geelong, within the emerging ‘Insurance Precinct’, on a constrained 4250sqm site.

The project was designed by Woods Bagot and provides A-grade office accommodation over six upper levels, and a three-level basement carpark. The works included integrated office fitouts for the major tenants.

Johnstaff’s role

Johnstaff was engaged to provide Project Management and Cost Management services from concept design through to building handover.

Carlton Project Geelong, Victoria

Addressing the issues

The contractual arrangements for the works were complex and separated into three main contracts: Agreement for Lease (AFL), Base Building D&C Contract, and Fitout Works Construction Management Agreement. 

In addition, each consultant was engaged under two separate agreements: Base Building (novated) and Fitout Works. Johnstaff carefully managed communication and contract administration to ensure the delineation between contracts was clear to all parties. 

This exemplary project achieved an industry leading 6 Star Green Star and 5 Star NABERS rating, with the key environmental innovation being the use of thermocromic glazing. One of the key challenges with this project was managing the heritage and archaeological significance of the site. We commissioned a detailed archaeology report to detail 2,988 artefacts found and registered during excavation. 

The history of the site and its importance to the foundation of Geelong is now part of the public record, with artefacts on display in the building’s lobby. 

map of the project location


  • Generated approximately 450 NDIS jobs for Geelong

  • 6 Star Built rating and 5 Star Green Star interiors rating

  • Exceeds building accessibility standards, with wider access to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters, a changing places facility, self-opening and closing doors and integrated braille signage throughout

  • Johnstaff received recognition from the Australian Institute of Builders for its role on the project