Program 1.2-Infrastructure Investment Coordination
Program 1.2 is delivered through the work undertaken by the Office of the Infrastructure Coordinator in support of Infrastructure Australia.
Infrastructure Australia is a statutory advisory council. It provides advice to governments, investors and infrastructure owners on a wide range of issues. These include Australia's current and future infrastructure needs; mechanisms for financing infrastructure investments; policy, pricing and regulation and their impact on investment; and on the efficiency of the delivery, operation and use of national infrastructure networks. The Infrastructure Australia Council also advises on the development of regulatory frameworks and the more efficient operation and delivery of infrastructure, to promote productivity improvements.
Infrastructure Australia has 12 members, who were formally appointed by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.
The Infrastructure Coordinator is a statutory office holder.
Program 1.2 has no administered programs.
A complete report on the performance of Infrastructure Australia appears in Chapter 6.
The Major Cities Unit
The Major Cities Unit was established to provide coordinated action across all spheres of government, the private sector and the community to improve the prosperity, liveability and sustainability of our cities, and to assist in securing the nation's economic, social and environmental wellbeing. The unit's primary focus during 2009–10 was the establishment of a national urban policy agenda.
In March 2010, the State of Australian Cities 2010 report was released. This report provided the first national snapshot of Australia's cities and benchmarked Australian cities across a range of international and domestic economic, social and environmental indicators. The report was prepared with input from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.
The data from the State of Australian Cities 2010 report provided a platform for the development of the national urban policy agenda, which is being developed by the unit in consultation with state, territory and local authorities and with other Australian Government agencies.
Input was provided by groups such as the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors; the National Growth Areas Alliance; national planning and local government officials; the Government Land Developers group; the Australian Local Government Association; and agencies of the Australian Government's transport, infrastructure, housing and planning portfolios.
Peak industry associations, including the Property Council of Australia; the Planning Institute of Australia; the Urban Development Institute of Australia; Infrastructure Partnerships Australia; the Australian Institute of Architects; Engineers Australia, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Green Building Council of Australia have also contributed to the national urban policy agenda, as have academics and research entities from around the country.
The unit held an international forum, in conjunction with the newly formed Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government and the international Forum of Federations, to consider city governance.