Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Committee to examine infrastructure processes

Government, industry and a think tank will appear before the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities at a videoconference public hearing next week to examine how to improve procurement practices for government-funded infrastructure.

Committee Chair, John Alexander said that given the Australian Government’s $110 billion commitment to the infrastructure pipeline as part of Australia’s Economic Recovery Plan, it was crucial that government ensured taxpayer money was used effectively.

“The diversity of witness groups at this, and upcoming hearings, reflects that for infrastructure procurement reform to be effective, it must be a collaboration between government, industry and key stakeholders,” said Mr Alexander.

The Australian National Audit Office, Department of Defence and NSW state-owned corporation, Sydney Water, will help illustrate challenges faced, and lessons on what has not worked and what is working well.

Consult Australia and the Australian Industry Group Limited (Ai Group) will provide a valuable industry perspective on challenges and opportunities in infrastructure procurement, while the Grattan Institute think tank will share its findings on the effects of mega-projects and recommendations for government action.

“Sydney Water and the Centre for Defence Industry Capability have taken some innovative approaches to project delivery, technology and supporting industry development. The committee looks forward to hearing about their experiences and potential for wider application in the infrastructure sector,” said Mr Alexander.

The terms of reference and submissions received are available on the committee’s website.

Public hearing details:

Date: Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Time: 9.15 am to 3.30 pm
Location: Videoconference

A program for the hearing is available on the committee’s website.

Due to health and safety concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, this hearing is not currently scheduled to be open for public attendance. Interested members of the public will be able to view proceedings via the live webcast at aph.gov.au/live.

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