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Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute
Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute
Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute
Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute
Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute
Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute
Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute
Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute
Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute
Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute
Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute
Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute
Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute
Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute
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Jack Archer - Regional Austra - Embedding regional and local infrastructure in the national infrastructure agendalia Institute

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Jack Archer delivered the presentation at the 2014 Future of Infrastructure Conference. …

Jack Archer delivered the presentation at the 2014 Future of Infrastructure Conference.

The Future of Infrastructure forum explored state and national challenges which impact the long term economic growth and future of infrastructure development in Australia at this time. It also addressed the latest proposals for changes within Australia's infrastructure.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://bit.ly/FutureofInfrastructure2014

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  • 1. THE FUTURE OF REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE Driving economic growth and community well-being for Australia JACK ARCHER Regional Australia Institute
  • 2. OVERVIEW About the Regional Australia Institute Regional Infrastructure – our current approach Embedding Regional Infrastructure in the National Agenda – reform imperatives
  • 3. WHAT IS THE REGIONAL AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE The Regional Australia Institute exists to create a vibrant future for regional Australia - for the benefit of all Australians Informed by both research and ongoing dialogue with the community, we develop policy and advocate for change to build a stronger economy and a better quality of life in regional Australia
  • 4. [IN]SIGHT - AUSTRALIA’S REGIONAL COMPETITIVENESS INDEX Putting data back into the hands of regional Australia
  • 5. REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE Supports a flexible, integrated and diverse national economy Provides a foundation for equity and quality of life across Australia Widespread deficit identified – estimated at $15b+ and rising
  • 6. Current Infrastructure Projects (Source: Dept Infrastructure and Regional Development)
  • 7. REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES Limited or no understanding of the relative benefits of regional investment (existing and potential) Lack of clearly defined and measurable policy objectives – e.g. via clearly defined Community Service Obligations Severe institutional impediments to better outcomes • 560 LGAs, multitude of programs and initiatives, focus on ribbon cutting and significant new infrastructure investment
  • 8. Integrated national infrastructure investment framework • setting clearer policy goals • rigorously measuring community infrastructure needs and the success of all levels of government A systemic national response to the local infrastructure deficit • better application of Commonwealth funding • facilitation of private investment • capacity building and improved information. RAI REFORM DIRECTIONS
  • 9. Growth of independent influence in the system: • Establishment and embedding of Infrastructure Australia (e.g. National Road Audit Initiative) • State infrastructure organisations (e.g. RDA Hunter/Infrastructure NSW Hunter Economic Infrastructure Plan) PC Inquiry into Public Infrastructure (Road Fund recommendation) CURRENT REFORM DIRECTIONS – SEEDS OF CHANGE?
  • 10. Regional infrastructure embedded into the national infrastructure system, competing alongside big ticket city projects for investment Political decision making balanced by rigorous and consistent information, independent analysis and lasting objectives Formal coalitions of LGAs and others in regional Australia collaborating to define needs and seek investment from upper tiers of government AMBITIONS WE SHOULD SET
  • 11. LOST OPPORTUNITY - SMALL PROJECTS MAY BRING BIGGER BENEFITS! 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 0 2000 4000 6000 8000 10000 ForecastBCR Cost ($ million) Source: Productivity Commission/Infrastructure Australia
  • 12. KEEP IN TOUCH www.regionalaustralia.org.au Jack.Archer@regionalaustralia.org.au @RegionalAus

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