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Sequencing and coordinating
pipeline: Driving ongoing
reform in the PPP
A transparent, national pipeline of infrastructure
projects has long been an ambition of governments
and industry, but achieving an optimal result still
requires further reform, writes Mark Birrell, Chairman
of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
Earlier identifcation and assessment of large infrastructure
priorities would allow Australia's governments and the infrastructure
sector alike to marshal the needed resources for those projects --
especially the many requiring multi-party involvement – and to
better coordinate the way they are procured and delivered.
The creation of a transparent and sequenced pipeline of projects
is therefore an essential goal because it will allow the best public
and private sector skills to be available as each project comes to
This level of deep integration and coordination has long been
the objective of policymakers. Back in May 2004, Australia's
governments formed the National PPP Forum; an initiative (led in
particular by the Victorian Government) that helped drive better
project outcomes by encouraging a sharing of lessons learned
across state borders. It was an important part of the process of
driving consistency in procurement models -- and it provided a
mechanism to foster long-term project sequencing.
In 2007, the desire for even greater cooperation on infrastructure
led the Federal Government to create Infrastructure Australia. This
body -- of which I am a board member -- has offered a game change
for national engagement in infrastructure, and it has had some
early and signifcant wins in terms of prioritising projects and,
importantly, in procurement reform.
Infrastructure Australia's delivery of nationally consistent
commercial principles and policies for public private partnership
(PPP) projects is a worthy example of the kind of results that can be
achieved through national coordination and cooperation.
Artist impression -- view into the University Hospital Station: Gold Coast
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