Public-private partnerships

Working paper

18 Sep 2019

This paper is designed to aid cities, as well as utilities, in exploring the opportunity to develop a partnership agreement and, if pursued, consider key factors relevant to successfully enable long-lasting and productive engagements.


20 May 2019

This report provides a governance framework designed to strengthen trust, balance competing interests and deliver impact. It offers insights to balance both the need to innovate in the use of data and the mandate to address some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian and sustainable...

Briefing paper

9 Apr 2019

A growing body of evidence shows that education public-private partnerships which support private schooling, used in a large number of donor funded education systems, are too often failing the most vulnerable children and risk deepening inequality.

Case study

27 Mar 2019

This case study looks at the use of Public Private Partnerships in the construction of the Royal Adelaide Hospital by the South Australian government.


3 Sep 2018

Using Western Australian rail history, and a survey of private investment in transit globally, this paper demonstrates that new partnerships with private transport investment can invigorate the future of cities.

Journal article

16 Jul 2018

Urban trees and woodlands provide a wide range of ecosystem services (ES) to society, for example, flood risk reduction, air purification, and moderation of urban heat islands. Despite this, local government budgets for tree planting and maintenance have declined in many cities throughout the world....

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Light rail as a means for inner-city transit is undergoing a renaissance across Australia. Introducing a new mode of public transport, light rail projects can become catalytic agents for urban renewal. Unable or reluctant to deliver light rail infrastructure, Australian governments have turned to the...


21 Feb 2018

This project summary provides information about the contractual and commercial aspects of the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel and stations Public Private Partnership (PPP).

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.


14 Sep 2017

This report examines the financial arrangements of existing and proposed private toll roads, and transparency, accountability and equity aspects of these arrangements.

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...

Journal article

9 May 2017

The 21st century has seen an unprecedented expansion of urban rail as a response to urban congestion, low carbon mobility and as a seed for urban regeneration. Many cities would like to do much more rail in their futures to create knowledge economy centres but...



25 Jul 2016

Four years after its announcement, the Queensland government last week cancelled the central plank in the Logan Renewal Initiative: the overhaul of Logan’s 4,900 public housing dwellings by a community-housing-provider-led consortium.

The initiative is a planned 20-year strategy to reshape Logan, an outer-suburban centre...


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....



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