Public private partnerships

Briefing paper

16 Oct 2017

This Issues Backgrounder summarises the benefits and drawbacks of unsolicited proposals, outlines the most recent NSW unsolicited proposals guideline, and reports the findings of recent NSW Audit Office reviews.

Fact sheet

14 Aug 2017

As part of recent research activities, BITRE has had occasion to compile a list of transport- and infrastructure-related privatisation and public–private procurement projects over the last 30–40 years. BITRE has identified 197 economic infrastructure and transport privatisations and PPPs completed by Australian, state and territory,...


Bringing good ideas to life
24 Jul 2017

These guidelines set out the criteria for submitting market-led proposals for infrastructure or services, what is expected of proponents at each stage of the process, what proponents can expect from government at each stage of the process, and how proposals are to be assessed by...

Technical report

Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW Treasury, Infrastructure NSW, Roads and Maritime Services, Transport for NSW
8 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. This audit found that the process used to determine the NorthConnex funding model did adequately consider value for money for taxpayers and...


Synthesis report
15 Nov 2015

In response to the need to increase the level of engagement of the private sector in the New Zealand Aid Programme, this report identifies ways in which it may be able to encourage greater levels of engagement through innovative methods.


1 Nov 2015

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is partnering with Pollenizer, an established Australian incubator, to deliver DataStart – an open data initiative to support data-driven innovation in Australia.

Data-driven innovation added approximately $67 billion to the Australian economy in 2013. It is...


13 Jul 2015

In 2014, the Minister for Foreign Affairs launched a new development policy that changed the way Australian aid is to be delivered. Increasing engagement with our private sector, both in Australia and in developing countries, promoting gender equity and refocusing on the Indo-Pacific region is...

Journal article

27 May 2015

This article adds to the emerging empirical literature on citizen co-production. Based on a telephone survey of 1000 Australian adults, it replicates a five-country European study focusing on three policy domains: neighbourhood safety, environment, and health (Loeffler et al. 2008). It shows that individually performed...

Discussion paper

5 May 2015

Australian governments are the primary investors, infrastructure owners and operators in the Australian water sector. Population growth, historic underinvestment in water infrastructure, water security, climate change and increasing environmental and public health regulation mean that considerable investment in the sector is needed in the future....


17 Mar 2015

This report assesses the PPP experience in both industrialised and developing countries.

The many case studies analysed, from United Kingdom to Chile, shows that PPPs have failed to live up to their promise. In most cases, they are an expensive and inefficient way of...


15 Jun 2013

The potentially transformative role of the private sector in addressing development challenges has been repeatedly pressed at UN fora where “scalable and transformational partnerships for development” have been promoted.


6 Mar 2013

Sustainable development that reduces poverty and inequalities in the Pacific is realistic and achievable, but a continuing challenge is ensuring that development strategies are inclusive of those most in need.


21 Dec 2010

A recent High Court judgment clarifies the implementation of privatisations and public-private partnerships, writes David Hume for APO's High Court Watch.


2 Sep 2008

One of the goals of Infrastructure Australia is to facilitate public discussion on how the nation could improve planning and investment in infrastructure to meet our future needs, as well as improving the way we use the infrastructure already in place. During the early phases...


5 Dec 2006

In the heyday of the Kennett government in Victoria ‘Public Private Partnerships’ were promoted as the ‘debt free’ way to fund public infrastructure. Although the idea that the public can get ‘something for nothing’ through these partnerships has now been widely discredited, most Australian governments...



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