Transport and Infrastructure Council Strategic Work Programme
On 6 November 2015, the Transport and Infrastructure Council (Council) released its long-term vision for infrastructure and transport in Australia. Council agreed that a focus on ‘infrastructure and transport systems and services that enhance Australia’s productivity competitiveness and liveability’ will shape its work, now and in the long term. Council also agreed to seven themes, which will frame its priorities for national reform PDF: 529 KB. These include:
- Integrating our national rail, road, aviation, port and maritime supply chains, and improving integration between land use and infrastructure planning.
- Improving system efficiency and extracting the greatest use from existing infrastructure, while at the same time meeting community expectations of safety, security, access and reliability.
- Developing sustainable, efficient funding and delivery models.
- Improving the capacity of infrastructure and transport systems to respond to new and emerging challenges and pressures – and to lessen the need for high cost new infrastructure.
- Improving the environmental performance of infrastructure and transport systems—including mitigating adverse environmental effects, such as transport emissions.
- Continuing a focus on transport safety while maintaining awareness of technological developments (positive and disruptive) that may impact safety and security.
- Removing barriers to innovation, and capitalising on new and emerging technologies.
The document outlines Council’s major reform priorities, their alignment with the seven themes and the reforms needed to achieve Council’s long-term vision. Intergovernmental cooperation on these priorities will deliver national reforms to improve the efficiency and productivity of Australia’s infrastructure and transport systems, and ensure these systems drive economic growth, increase employment opportunities, support social connectivity and enhance quality of life for all Australians.
The work programme provides the Council of Australian Governments and key industry and community stakeholders with visibility of the Council’s reform priorities and key activities.
Reform Priority 1: Sustainable Funding for Transport and Infrastructure
Reform Priority 2: Embracing innovation and technology in transport and infrastructure
Reform Priority 3: Productive and liveable cities and regions
Reform Priority 4: Maximising freight productivity