CEO's newsletter September 2016

Updates to the Infrastructure Priority List

Since launching the Australian Infrastructure Plan in February this year, we have been hard at work advancing our policy and research program and assessing a record number of business cases for projects for the Infrastructure Priority List (IPL).

The Priority List sets out nationally significant projects and initiatives in each state and territory. These major projects represent the best use of our infrastructure funding, and will be critical in driving better outcomes for infrastructure users around the country.

We continually update the List as the Board receives and assesses new business cases from project proponents. I am pleased to confirm that since February, we have assessed an additional ten business cases for inclusion on the List:

  • Bruce Highway Upgrade—Caloundra Road to Sunshine (Qld) PDF: 226 KB ReadSpeaker
  • M1 Pacific Motorway-Gateway Motorway Merge Upgrade (Qld) PDF: 204 KB ReadSpeaker
  • North-South Corridor (Darlington Upgrade Project) (SA) PDF: 210 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Eyre Infrastructure (Iron Rd) (SA) PDF: 150 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Inland Rail (National) PDF: 109 KB ReadSpeaker
  • M4 Motorway upgrade (NSW) PDF: 80 KB ReadSpeaker
  • WestConnex (NSW) PDF: 109 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Ipswich Motorway—Rocklea-Darra (Qld) PDF: 93 KB ReadSpeaker
  • M1 Pacific Motorway upgrade—Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes (Qld) PDF: 82 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Mitchell Freeway extension (Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue) (WA). PDF: 67 KB ReadSpeaker

These projects address important issues in their respective states, including congestion in our capital cities, export capabilities of our international gateways and ongoing interstate freight connectivity.

The business case evaluation summaries, and the updated Infrastructure Priority List are now available on our website.

We look forward to monitoring the progress of these ten projects and seeing their post completion reviews—a process which provides vital lessons for governments, community and industry about what worked and what did not.

Speeches and Events

Over the last few months, I have been speaking at events all across the country on the key recommendations outlined in the Australian Infrastructure Plan, including the reforms needed to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Recently I spoke at the 2016 Tourism and Transport Forum's Australian Transport Summit in Sydney. I spoke about a range of issues including how to make better use of existing infrastructure by embracing new technologies.

A key recommendation in our Plan is that governments should increase investment in technologies that drive greater efficiency across transport assets and networks. There are incredible opportunities for operators to generate, collect and use data to drive real improvements in the efficiency of our public transport networks.

I also spoke about the cost of urban congestion, network optimisation and the need to encourage greater contestability in public transport to raise the bar on service quality and value for money for customers.

My thanks to TTF and the International Association of Public Transport Australia and New Zealand for hosting me at their event.

I've also had the opportunity recently to address around 300 members of the Queensland infrastructure community at an Infrastructure Association of Queensland (IAQ) breakfast. At the event I spoke about the need for long term integrated planning, high quality project selection, value capture and the need to link Commonwealth funding to broader reforms. My thanks to the team at IAQ for organising an excellent event.

You can view copies of my recent speeches on our website.

Corporate plan

Finally, I'm pleased to announce that we have released our Corporate Plan for 2016–17 to 2019–2020 PDF: 223 KB ReadSpeaker. The Corporate Plan sets out Infrastructure Australia's key priorities and activities, along with our strategic focus over the next four years.

Over the past year we have delivered two landmark reports: the Australian Infrastructure Plan and a refreshed Infrastructure Priority List. The Plan and the List have initiated public discussion on the future of Australia's infrastructure, and we have received positive responses from our stakeholders.

Over the next four years, Infrastructure Australia will continue to evaluate project proposals and regularly publish summaries of these evaluations on our website each year. We will also continually update the Infrastructure Priority List, and maintain a rigorous assessment framework in collaboration with the states and territories.

Importantly, we will deliver a significantly enhanced research program aligned to the Australian Infrastructure Plan. This research program will provide leadership on reform and promote best practice in the planning, funding and delivery of infrastructure.

Our success will be measured by the quality of our stakeholder relationships and our ability to influence change. I would like to thank our colleagues in state and territory governments, industry and the private sector for their input and support and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.

Philip Davies
Chief Executive Officer