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Infrastructure Australia

Infrastructure Australia is the nation’s independent infrastructure advisor, established under Australian Government legislation. It provides research and advice to governments, industry and the community on the infrastructure investments and reforms that will benefit all Australians.

Infrastructure Australia released the Australian Infrastructure Audit (Audit) on 13 August 2019, presenting a forward view of 136 national infrastructure challenges and 44 opportunities across the energy, transport, telecommunications, water, waste and social infrastructure sectors for the next 15 years and beyond.

Infrastructure Australia is currently developing the next Australian Infrastructure Plan, to be published in 2021. This plan will respond to each policy challenge and opportunity identified in the 2019 Audit. It will give recommendations for reform and set a path for measuring progress.

We lead Queensland's engagement with Infrastructure Australia, including on the Australian Infrastructure Audit and Plan. The Department is also an active member of the national Infrastructure Bodies Network, chaired by Infrastructure Australia, which provides an avenue for collaboration and knowledge sharing. Through this engagement, the Department is an active participant across the national and regional network of infrastructure bodies contributing to the knowledge base and infrastructure agenda at a national level

Infrastructure Priority List

Infrastructure Australia plays an important role in prioritising nationally important infrastructure through preparation of the Infrastructure Priority List. This list of nationally significant investments is made up of:

  • Initiatives: early-stage proposals that have the potential to address a nationally significant problem or opportunity
  • Projects: advanced proposals for which a fully developed business case has been positively assessed by the independent Infrastructure Australia Board.

The list is a collaborative ‘live’ document that is updated as proposals move through the stages of development to delivery. It considers data and findings from the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit and submissions from state and territory governments, industry and the community.

The Infrastructure Priority List is also published annually in a report which includes one-page summaries of all positively assessed Initiatives and Projects.

The Infrastructure Priority List provides a clearly defined pipeline of investment-ready proposals. Therefore, projects move off the Infrastructure Priority List as construction begins, when all major construction contracts have been awarded, or when a project receives Australian Government funding.

View the current Infrastructure Priority List.

We continue to work with Infrastructure Australia and the Australian Government to progress Queensland’s infrastructure priorities and ensure important initiatives and projects are included on the list.

Last updated: 09 Nov 2021