Public infrastructure

Technical report

08 Jun 2017

NorthConnex is a nine -kilometre tolled motorway tunnel between the M1 Pacific motorway at Wahroonga and the M2 Hills motorway at West Pennant Hills. Major construction work commenced in February 2015 and the tunnel is expected to open to traffic in late 2019.

In March 2012, the M7...

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Strategy

06 Jun 2017

As we face the future, the Queensland Government, in collaboration with local governments, is addressing two main reform tasks: to provide infrastructure, particularly at the core of our transportation system, to overcome current constraints and allow future extension and improvement of the...

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Policy

01 Jun 2017

The NSW Government has developed a new package of measures designed to improve housing affordability across NSW.

These policies take into account the difficulty that first home buyers face in entering the market, the state’s growing population and the need to ensure that development...

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Transcript

31 May 2017

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. It's great to be here in Melbourne this afternoon for the first event in the Infrastructure Australia and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Major Reform Series.

As Mark said, we are very pleased to be sponsoring today's event and I'd like to thank...

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Policy

18 May 2017

From our remote mining hubs, through to our world-class wine districts and our dynamic regional cities—regional Australia’s landscapes, industries and people are diverse.

The Government acknowledges that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to regional policy development doesn’t work, which is...

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Case study

17 May 2017

In October 2015, the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, a program run in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Smart Growth America, released Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies, a report intended to introduce and integrate land use and...

Audio program

14 May 2017

Background Briefing asks whether Australia's largest transport infrastructure project will live up to its promise to reduce Sydney's congestion.

As WestConnex has morphed over the years, the cost has increased, partly due to inflation, and partly due to its greater scope. From a rough...

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Report

11 May 2017

School infrastructure - comprising assets such as classrooms and sports, arts and physical activity spaces - has been shown to be an important part of achieving educational outcomes, along with ongoing improvements to curriculum and teaching styles. The condition and design of school assets can...

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Audio interview

11 May 2017

Prime Ministers have long turned to a big vision when trying to shore up their stocks with voters or their own party. That usually means throwing their support behind big infrastructure projects, like fast trains or second airports.

$75 billion has been committed to infrastructure in the...

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Technical report

04 May 2017

The Department of Education (Department) must provide students with a place in a government school if parents desire it. Over the next 15 years, the student population in NSW Government and non-government schools is projected to grow by 21 per cent to nearly 1.5 million students. Over 80 per...

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Audio podcast

03 May 2017

For over a quarter of a century Australia has escaped recession. It is a remarkable achievement, close to a global record. Yet despite continuous growth, Australia scrambles to make ends meet. This is the eighth year of a national budget deficit.

So with a federal budget due on May 9th...

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Research report

20 Mar 2017

It is a truism that taxpayers’ money should not be used for personal gain. This should be ingrained into every person employed on the public purse, but as this, and so many other Ombudsman investigations in past years illustrate, it is not always the case.

This investigation focuses on...

Strategy

11 Mar 2017

Plan Melbourne builds on the legacy of values that have made Melbourne one of the most liveable cities in the world. It is a long-term plan to accommodate Melbourne’s future growth in population and employment. It contains an agenda to protect the character of the city while tackling the...

Commentary

Article

06 Mar 2017

Forget what you’ve heard about infrastructure – it might be time to put the politics back in

ELECTION day for Western Australia is just under a week away, and already tens of thousands have turned out for early voting. If the polls are anything to go on, Labor is looking...

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Commentary

Article

03 Mar 2017

IN OCTOBER 1970, a young Laurie Oakes interviewed an old Sir John McEwen, the legendary leader of the Country Party (now the Nationals), long-time deputy and strong right arm of Sir Robert Menzies. One of the things the old warrior had to tell him was why he admired so much his former adversary...

Policy

Strategy

28 Feb 2017

The Infrastructure Priority List is the reference point for the most important infrastructure investments Australia needs over the next 15 years. The Priority List has been refreshed and now identifies 100 major infrastructure proposals including 18 Projects, that are all underpinned by a robust...

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Research report

14 Feb 2017

Background

The WestConnex project in Sydney is one of Australia’s largest land transport infrastructure projects. As of December 2016, it was being delivered progressively through three main stages, which have a current estimated total cost of $16.8 billion. It is also...

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Discussion paper

31 Jan 2017

This discussion paper sets out the lessons from the Who moves what where project to date, proposes recommendations to fill identified information gaps, and provides opportunities to improve data collection and sharing to benefit planning for transport and related areas in Australia....

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Journal article

09 Jan 2017

Planning policy in most Australian capital cities aims to divert development from the fringe into established inner urban areas. A fundamental logic underlying this policy of land recycling is that State and Local governments are challenged financially to provide appropriate standards of...

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Commentary

Article

09 Jan 2017

SGS recently delivered a workshop on City Deals, the Australian Government’s partnership model for the delivery of infrastructure projects by federal, state and local governments. With a focus on how to make City Deals relevant to Australian communities, we looked at the Australian Government’s...