Is Australia's big infrastructure build delivering value?

Is Australia's big infrastructure build delivering value?

Aug 26
Join this Industry Co-lab and help drive discussion between industry, government and other stakeholders on the relative value Australia is achieving per dollar of its big infrastructure spend.
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The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, Victorian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Event Overview

The state and federal governments across Australia are currently delivering significant and unprecedented infrastructure programs to support regional and national economic growth and meet changing demands of residents.
Already-record levels of spending have been further increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic and associated recession, as our governments have sought to stimulate activity by further increasing investment.
While infrastructure spend at this scale can be transformative for economies and societies, it comes with significant ultimate risk for taxpayers – particularly within the context of a global pandemic. In an environment where there is intense competition for the resources required to deliver the projects – expertise, labour etc – a high focus on cost management can lead to compromised value in the delivery.
While it’s critical to balance both the needs of taxpayers and the price of value, the ultimate goal should be projects that deliver excellence and value derived from a fair, honest and collaborative relationship between governments and contractors.
The discussion will focus on three key questions:
  • In view of Australia’s economic development: Across the country, how can we build a more collaborative ‘Team Australia’ approach between Federal & State Governments and industry players, to improve project performance, boost productivity and improve transparency and efficiency on project implementation? 
  • Driving harder bargains or creating greater collaboration: Overtime, over budget, overpromised. How can we avoid major project cost and schedule blowouts while de-risking delivery, and thereby improving ROI and re-igniting community support for developments? 
  • Collaboration for innovation: as Australia seeks to chart a future more reliant on skills and services how can government and industry innovate to address the skills shortage, drive productivity, and offer our country a competitive economic advantage? 

How does a Co-lab work?
Co-labs are facilitated by a CEDA Economist and limited to 24 participants. Each participant is expected to actively contribute to the discussion, responding to the set focus issues and leaning on practical examples where possible. These sessions can run in-person or virtually and are under Chatham House rule. CEDA will capture some of the insights discussed but no comments will be attributable to individual attendees.

This Co-lab is part of an ongoing CEDA national project answering: is Australia’s big infrastructure build delivering value to taxpayers? Industry Co-labs will be convened in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.

This project will culminate with a full day conference in Sydney in late early 2022.  
Co-lab start times:
SA/NT: 12.30pm
WA: 11.00am

This virtual roundtable is by invitation only. The roundtable will be conducted on a virtual platform and numbers are limited to maximise participation. Invitations to virtual roundtables are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies. Roundtable discussions will be targeted to varied groups, including state-based Trustees discussions, national or industry sector Trustee roundtables, and c-suite conversations.


Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP
Victorian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Jacinta is the Minister for Transport Infrastructure in the Andrews Labor Government, and the Leader of the House in the Victorian Parliament. Jacinta was elected to Parliament in 1999 as Member for Bendigo East, and is proud to be representing the Bendigo region in the Victorian parliament. She is the longest serving Victorian female Minister in the State’s history and Victoria’s equal longest serving Labor Minister. Throughout her career she has advocated strongly for Government investment that delivers for all Victorians, by creating jobs and delivering better health, education and transport services for communities.
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