What infrastructure is Infrastructure NSW considering?

Our infrastructure networks enable delivery of the basic facilities and services that are the foundation for a successful State economy and society.

A complex and interconnected series of networks and systems form the infrastructure base of NSW.  These are fundamental to the millions of people who live and work in, or visit, our State.

'Hard' infrastructure-the large physical networks necessary for the functioning of a modern industrial nation, such as roads, railways and utilities-provides the people of NSW with the means to get to and from work and family.  It also gives them access to everything from safe drinking water, to internet connections, to electricity to run the operating theatre equipment that saves lives in our hospitals. 

These networks enable the delivery of 'soft' infrastructure-all the institutions that are required to maintain the economic, health, and cultural and social standards of the state, such as the financial system, the education system and the health care system.

Together, these networks determine the quality of life and breadth of opportunity for the people of NSW.

In developing its recommended 20 year State Infrastructure Strategy, the infrastructure being considered by Infrastructure NSW includes:


The majority of the passenger and freight transport within Sydney is by road-cars, buses, trucks.  Congestion on road networks creates lost productivity and significant costs to the economy as well as lost amenity.


Our rail networks provide critical access to key employment centres especially Sydney's CBD, and freight and passenger transport throughout the State. Demand for rail services is increasing.

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NSW's trade patterns make its international gateways critical to the State's economy.  Efficient airports and ports also provide the community with affordable goods and access to overseas travel.


Energy security and affordability is critical to the community.  NSW is Australia's largest electricity generator.  High network costs mean prices are rising.


Every NSW community needs water infrastructure that meets national health and environmental standards and guarantees a secure and affordable water supply.


An ageing population, lifestyle diseases and new technologies, such as electronic based systems, which change the way patients receive care, are driving demand for health services in NSW.


The quality of education and cultural infrastructure affects quality of life, creativity, innovation and competitiveness of NSW.  It is also part of Sydney competing on the global stage.

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