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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:

  • Mr Mark Birrell (Chairman)
  • Ms Julianne Alroe
  • Mr Gerard Blood
  • Mr Michael Carapiet
  • Mr Peter Corish
  • A/Prof Colin Duffield
  • Mr John Ellice-Flint
  • Ms Nicole Lockwood
  • Dr Daniel Norton AO
  • Dr Kerry Schott
  • Ms Gabrielle Trainor
  • Mr Peter Watson

The Acting CEO of Infrastructure Australia is Mr John Fitzgerald.

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.

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.

2013–14 Annual Report 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.

Infrastructure Australia's FOI Disclosure Log, Presentations and media releases are also available.

Last Updated: 7 January, 2015