Information Publication Plan
Reforms to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 promote a pro-disclosure culture across government and build a stronger foundation for greater openness and transparency in government.
A significant change is the introduction of a new information publication scheme for Australian Government agencies. The scheme aims to transform the freedom of information framework from one that responds to individual requests for access to documents to one that requires agencies to take a proactive approach to publishing information. The scheme commenced on 1 May 2011.
Structure and statutory appointments
Infrastructure Australia is a statutory body, established under the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008 which came into effect on 9 April 2008.
Infrastructure Australia has 12 members, appointed by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
The members are:
- Sir Rod Eddington—Chairman
- Dr Ian Watt AO
- Mr Jim Hallion
- Mr Anthony Kannis
- Dr Kerry Schott
- Professor Peter Newman
- The Hon Mark Birrell
- Mr Phil Hennessy
- Ms Elana Rubin
- Cr Nicole Lockwood
- Dr Martin Parkinson
Infrastructure Australia is supported by the Office of the Infrastructure Coordinator. The Infrastructure Coordinator, Michael Deegan, is a statutory office holder.
Functions and operations
Infrastructure Australia advises governments, investors and infrastructure owners on a wide range of issues. These include:
- Australia's current and future infrastructure needs
- mechanisms for financing infrastructure investments, and
- policy, pricing and regulation and their impacts on investment and on the efficiency of the delivery, operation and use of national infrastructure networks.
Full details of Infrastructure Australia's functions are set out in section 5 of the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008.
Infrastructure Australia has identified seven national infrastructure themes, to provide a framework for action to meet the gaps, deficiencies and bottlenecks in our nation's infrastructure. The seven themes are:
There are nine key challenges to the delivery of national strategic and economic benefits with infrastructure reform and investment initiatives. These are:
Deliver better governance: inefficiencies and inconsistencies in governance adversely impact infrastructure operations and investment in Australia.
Create competitive markets: regulatory complexity and competitive anomalies impede the operation of efficient and competitive infrastructure markets, including the development of a nationwide world-class communications network.
One nation, one set of rules: inconsistent rules, legislation and regulations governing markets impede productivity and create unnecessary costs.
Better use of existing infrastructure: changes in the operation, pricing or utilisation of existing infrastructure to solve problems without the need for investment in additional capacity.
Climate change: in addition to requiring a shift to a low carbon economy, climate change is increasing the demand for improved infrastructure, such as efficient public transport systems and low carbon intensive methods of power generation.
Supporting our cities: improving the livability, sustainability and productivity of Australia's major cities.
Boosting exports: increasing the productivity of Australia's international gateways, making sure that they can meet the rapidly growing freight task without adverse impacts on community amenity.
Supporting Indigenous communities: improving infrastructure in remote and regional Indigenous communities, and closing the gap in essential infrastructure and services between these and non-Indigenous communities.
Supporting rural communities: improving the quality of life and economic prosperity in rural and regional communities.
Categories of Documents
As part of Infrastructure Australia's policy analysis and development Infrastructure Australia releases discussion papers and draft documents. These are announced in media releases and the What's new section of Infrastructure Australia's homepage. Comments from stakeholders and the community are welcome and submissions received are also placed on our web-site at public submissions.
Infrastructure Australia's focus is on assisting Australian governments to develop a strategic blueprint for unlocking infrastructure bottlenecks and to modernise the nation's economic infrastructure. The methodology used by Infrastructure Australia and guidelines for making submissions to Infrastructure Australia's infrastructure planning process are available on our website.
Infrastructure Australia's annual report is incorporated in the annual report of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Infrastructure Australia also reports regularly to the Council of Australian Governments through the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
Copies of Infrastructure Australia's reports are available on our website publications.