Getting on with things

25 January 2017 Six months after Australia's election, it's good to see that the focus remains on infrastructure
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Infrastructure investment is often used these days in the electoral process as something to shout about. After all, who would not vote for someone who wants to improve the quality of the street in which they live, the water and energy services that come to their house, and the speed and ease with which they can get to work?

At election time, 'investing in infrastructure' has become one of those phrases that is bandied about without necessarily any thought as to how such investment would be put to best use in the months after an election win.

So it is good to see the progress that has been made Down Under over the past six months, since the incumbent government was returned to power. Initially, there were some concerns that the lower majority of the Liberal-National coalition could hamper grand infrastructure plans, but so far there seem to have been some positive signs.

Most recently, the government launched a new infrastructure agency to manage risks to critical infrastructure.

It comes as efforts are in progress to establish an Infrastructure Financing Unit that would, among other things, help support PPP investment.

While setting up government bodies is not in itself a sign of success, it is evidence that the government remains committed to its infrastructure plans and nowhere is this more obvious than at another government agency, Infrastructure Australia. In January, it gave the go-ahead to Victoria's major Melbourne Metro scheme, adding it to its priority list.

And in an article in the upcoming February issue of Partnerships Bulletin, Infrastructure Australia's chief executive, Philip Davies, points to a very busy 2017 for the organisation. In particular, he says the agency will progress its work to support the implementation of the National Infrastructure Plan, meaning that 2017 should be the year that the plans and proposals start translating into diggers in the ground.

Australia, of course, is well-versed in delivering on its infrastructure plans, particularly through PPP. But it has not rested on its position in the market and now looks to be at the forefront of infrastructure development across the world, with a government infrastructure that is set up to deliver on its promises.

As if all this wasn't enough, the country has also been one of the first to sign up to the Global Infrastructure Hub's project pipeline, which will track progress on schemes across the country. This in itself shows the country's continued focus on infrastructure. The country was a key player in the creation of the Hub, and looks set to continue its role as a leader in the way in which infrastructure is developed and delivered.

To read the article by Philip Davies, see the upcoming February edition of Partnerships Bulletin

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Getting on with things

Six months after Australia's election, it's good to see that the focus remains on infrastructure

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