AHURI CITIES AND URBAN RESEARCH

Infrastructure

InfrastructureProviding infrastructure to enhance Australian cities now and into the future

Funding and delivery mechanisms for social amenities including social housing, hospitals and schools and for the sustainable provision of energy, water and waste

Evaluation of current urban policy frameworks for Australia’s cities identified the provision of infrastructure as a key feature. This Brief focuses on water and energy resources, social infrastructure and funding mechanisms; other forms of infrastructure such as transport and telecommunications are addressed in separate themes.

Infrastructure Australia was established in 2008 as an independent body to advise the public and private sector on investments and reforms needed to make better infrastructure decisions. Subsequently, to identify and prioritise infrastructure needs at a state level Infrastructure NSW was founded in 2011 and Infrastructure Victoria in 2015. Newly established Infrastructure SA and Infrastructure WA are currently developing their state-wide infrastructure strategy. The advocacy of these agencies dedicated to infrastructure matters is shaping the way urban policies are framing interventions in Australian cities.

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