The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
CANBERRA ACT 2600
I am pleased to present the Infrastructure Australia Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2011, which has been prepared in accordance with section 26 of the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008.
During the year, Infrastructure Australia fully achieved its targets as published in the Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government 2010–11 Portfolio Budget Statements.
Work progressed in a range of policy areas, and this resulted in the release of a report on regional towns' water quality and security, release of a discussion paper on a national land freight strategy, and the completion of a number of studies to be used in the development of a national public transport strategy. The challenges of financing infrastructure and the resourcing of infrastructure in remote Indigenous communities were a key focus of the Infrastructure Australia Council during the year and resulted in the establishment of sub-committees with specific tasks. Both of which will report by the end of 2011.
Infrastructure Australia's report Communicating the Imperative for Action was submitted to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) during the year. The report focuses on the need to reform the financing of major infrastructure projects across Australia, and indicates that in the future, Infrastructure Australia will produce an expanded infrastructure pipeline emphasising projects that could be privately funded, as well as projects in regional Australia. The report also details the processes that have been followed to develop the 2011 Infrastructure Priority List, and categorises those nationally significant projects which meet the capital cost threshold as ready to proceed, threshold, real potential, or early stage.
A detailed report on Infrastructure Australia's performance appears as Chapter 5 of the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, 2010–11 Annual Report. No ministerial directions under section 26(2) of the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008 were received by Infrastructure Australia during the year. The Department's Annual Report contains the information required under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
I would like to thank my fellow Infrastructure Australia Council members for their contributions throughout the year, and in particular, those outgoing Council members, Ken Henry, Ross Rolfe AO, and Garry Weaven, for their support. The dedication and professionalism showed by the small team at the Office of the Infrastructure Coordinator is also appreciated and allowed the Council to achieve its goals for the year.
Sir Rod Eddington