Better Value Infrastructure Plan

At the August 2011 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting the NSW Premier committed to develop a Better Value Infrastructure Plan with the objective of assisting governments in Australia to drive better value in infrastructure development and delivery.

Infrastructure NSW was asked to oversee the development of this plan.

In April 2012, Infrastructure NSW delivered a technical paper (prepared by Arup for Infrastructure NSW) outlining the Better Value Infrastructure Plan. This paper was endorsed by the Premier for submission to the Council of Australian Governments in April 2012. The Plan was released by the Premier in June 2012.

The Plan aims to improve the way infrastructure is designed and delivered in Australia by:

  • creating more visibility for industry of the infrastructure investment pipeline
  • working closely with industry to achieve more innovative and commercial solutions in infrastructure design and delivery
  • promoting skills development in the management of projects through secondments between government and industry
  • sharing of best practice between industry and jurisdictions through a rotating national infrastructure forum
  • removing duplication between levels of government to reduce the cost of regulation in environmental planning and assessment processes.

View the documents

Infrastructure NSW Better Value Infrastructure Plan - Technical Paper 

Better value Infrastructure Plan - COAG paper 

During 2012-13, significant progress was made in delivering the recommendations contained within the Better Value Infrastructure Plan.

In October 2012, the Premier hosted the first of a series of rotating national meetings, called the Better Value Infrastructure Forum, to provide a platform for governments to identify best practice across other jurisdictions and foster greater collaboration with the private sector. The Forum resulted in the release of Better Value Infrastructure Guidelines in early 2013, which were endorsed by COAG on 7 December 2012. The second Forum will be hosted in Victoria in 2014.

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