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Major projects

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Report

Dam bad ideas – the lack of economic evidence for dam building in Australia

This paper argues that while dams have come to perform an important symbolic function in Australian politics, there is no evidence that their economic function is proportionate to their cost.
Strategy

Delivering outcomes: a roadmap to improve infrastructure industry productivity and innovation

A transformational change is needed in how we plan and deliver infrastructure in Australia. The reforms in this roadmap focus on changes to the way projects are procured and delivered, however the consequences reach into how an asset is managed, operated and maintained across its...
Report

Inland Rail: derailed from the start

The Inland Rail project has the potential to provide significant benefit to rural, regional and urban communities — enabling a more efficient movement of freight across Australia and further diversification of the nation’s freight infrastructure. However, throughout this inquiry, the committee heard a number of...
Report

Build it here: the economic cost of offshoring major transport projects in New South Wales

This report quantifies the forgone local economic activity to New South Wales resulting from offshoring major projects, through an examination of six major procurements made by the NSW government.
Case study

Collaborative nation building: Port of Townsville case study

This report looks at what’s happening in the Townsville region, using the Port of Townsville as an example of what’s possible when planning and embarking upon major infrastructure developments. It also examines what others at the regional, state and national levels of government can pursue...
Report

Megabang for megabucks: driving a harder bargain on megaprojects

Taxpayers end up paying too much for major road and rail projects in Australia because governments don’t drive a hard bargain on contracts with the big construction firms. This report argues that federal and state governments should stop worrying about the profitability of the industry...
Briefing paper

Changing the game: a critical analysis of large-scale corruption in mega-sport event infrastructure projects

This paper highlights the ramifications of corruption in Mega-Sport Event (MSE) infrastructure, a reoccurring issue in MSE history resulting in poor quality and inflated constructions. Issues are assessed across major events, finding concerns in project planning and ineffective channels to report wrongdoing.
Report

Infrastructure beyond COVID-19: a national study on the impacts of the pandemic on Australia

This report assesses the causes and lasting consequences of COVID-related trends on Australian infrastructure development.
Report

Fairer funding and financing of faster rail

This report highlights the importance of faster rail investment in Australia’s economic recovery, and proposes a fairer and more sustainable funding approach.
Report

The rise of megaprojects: counting the costs

Australian governments are fast-tracking their transport projects, hoping for an infrastructure-led recovery from the pandemic-induced recession. This report argues that governments need to rethink major projects that have been promised or are under construction, particularly those announced without a business case.
Journal article

Developing a neighbourhood: Exploring construction projects from a project ecology perspective

As a consequence of ongoing urbanisation, construction projects are likely to be performed in multi-project contexts. Zooming out from the single project and focussing on the context in which construction projects are performed is suggested as a way to broaden our understanding and develop new...
Conference paper

Application of the Last Planner System in a sports infrastructure project in Peru

This paper sums up the application of the Last Planner on a large sports infrastructure project in Peru for the Pan-American Games, focusing on MEP phase and finishing works. It offers an overview of the implementation of LPS and its impact on the indicators of...
Conference paper

Lean construction quality assurance opportunities in highway construction

Quality management is a significant component of any construction project and the cost of quality can constitute a sizable part of total construction cost. US state highway agencies are in constant pressure to do more with less, so applying Lean construction management principles can be...
Conference paper

Does your decision-making process protect customer value?

This paper explores how Choosing by Advantages (CBA) supports the making of deliberate decisions based on values and thereby helps to deliver value for a project.
Conference paper

Virtual design and construction application during the bidding stage of infrastructure projects

The bidding stage of infrastructure projects involves dealing with high levels of uncertainty and risks, as information at the early stage of the projects are often incomplete. This article aims to present the case study of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) implementation at the bidding...
Strategy

National rail action plan

This plan is an agreed set of actions that will be undertaken by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments and key members of the rail industry.
Report

An assessment of Australia’s future infrastructure needs

The 2019 audit covers transport, energy, water, telecommunications and – for the first time – social infrastructure, and looks at the major challenges and opportunities facing Australia’s infrastructure over the next 15 years and beyond.
Report

Community perceptions of Australia’s infrastructure

The aim of this research was to ascertain an understanding of community sentiment relating to infrastructure and associated sectors, as well as organisational perceptions and awareness relating to Infrastructure Australia the organisation.
Report

Building bridges: navigating Indonesia’s infrastructure choices

This paper explores Indonesia's need to coordinate integrated infrastructure projects that solve its intra-island, inter-island, and international connectivity gaps.
Report

City to Gungahlin Light Rail: project delivery report

This report records a major milestone for the city of Canberra. It reviews the implementation of the ACT Government’s transformational City to Gungahlin light rail project.