From 2008 to 2014 Infrastructure Australia was legally part of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. Infrastructure Australia's annual report was incorporated as a chapter in the annual report of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Our governing legislation
Infrastructure Australia was established in 2008 under the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008 to advise governments, industry and the community on the investments and reforms needed to deliver better infrastructure for all Australians.
The Act defines our role and responsibilities in guiding nationally significant infrastructure investment and reform.
Statement of Expectations
The Statement of Expectations for Infrastructure Australia is issued by the responsible Minister and outlines their expectations of the operations and performance of Infrastructure Australia.
Statement of Intent
Infrastructure Australia responds to each Statement of Expectations with our Statement of Intent, which identifies the key objectives and initiatives Infrastructure Australia intends to deliver.
The Corporate Plan sets out Infrastructure Australia's key objectives for the next four years, and our key priorities and activities for the forthcoming year. The current and previous Corporate Plans are available below.
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, Infrastructure Australia’s Accountable Authority has agreed for the agency’s Corporate Plan to be deferred until 30 September 2020.
Review of our cost-benefit analysis methodology
Every two years we publish a review of the cost-benefit analysis (CBA) methodology we use to assess infrastructure business cases. An independent review by the Centre for International Economics (CIE) was published in March 2020 and is available on our website.
Reports to COAG
From 2008 to 2014 Infrastructure Australia reported regularly to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) through the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. Copies of these reports are available in Reports.
Freedom of Information
A new information publication plan for Australian Government agencies was introduced in 2011 to foster greater openness and transparency, and encourage a more proactive approach to publishing information. More information is available at Freedom of Information.
Indexed list of files
Every six months, we are required to prepare a response to the Senate Continuing Order for Indexed List of Departmental or Agency Files.
Contracts and tenders
Pursuant to the Senate Order for entity contracts Infrastructure Australia publishes contracts it enters into of $100,000 or more (GST inclusive) and which:
- have not been fully performed as at 31 December 2019, or
- which have been entered into during the 12 months prior to 31 December 2019.
More information is available at Contracts & Tenders.
Executive remuneration reporting
Commonwealth Entities and Commonwealth Companies are requested to publish information detailing the scope and value of remuneration for executive and other highly paid staff on their entity/company’s website.
More information is available at Executive Remuneration Reporting.
Conflict of interest
Infrastructure Australia as a Corporate Commonwealth Entity is subject to the PGPA Act. Under section 29 of this Act, all officials and Infrastructure Australia’s Board must disclose any material personal interests that relate to the affairs of Infrastructure Australia.
The Infrastructure Australia Board
Board members disclose any new, or changes to current conflict of interests at each board meeting. In line with section 15 of the PGPA Act, any board member who has a conflict of interest in relation to any matter being considered at a board meeting, will not;
- be present during any discussion of the matter;
- or vote on the matter.
Officials of Infrastructure Australia
Officials disclose any conflict of interests with Infrastructure Australia at the commencement of their employment. They are further required to report any conflict of interests as they arise during their employment with Infrastructure Australia. An appropriate plan is then developed to manage these conflicts.