Submission to the Productivity Commission Draft Report on Public Infrastructure

The Productivity Commission’s draft report into public infrastructure is an opportunity to get Australians thinking right about the set of policies needed to ensure infrastructure provision meets the needs of our economy and communities.

There are no quick fixes to infrastructure provision, and only good policy settings across the board, coupled with the hard work of planning and developing infrastructure projects and seeing them through to delivery, will make the difference.

While the main focus in the commission’s report is on public infrastructure, there should also be greater recognition that the private sector is already investing in many of Australia’s infrastructure sectors.

The private sector should also be called upon to do even more of the ‘heavy lifting’ in infrastructure provision in future through supportive policy settings.