This is the Business Council of Australia’s submission to the Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities on procurement practices for government-funded infrastructure.
The development of this submission has been informed by the Business Council’s Infrastructure, Housing and Construction Working Group, which includes expertise and applied experience across the whole infrastructure system.
The Business Council welcomes the increasing focus of federal, state and territory governments on improving contracting for major infrastructure projects. Delivering productive infrastructure is essential to securing long-term economic growth, increasing the standard of living for all Australians.
This submission sets out clear, urgent recommendations to unlock bottlenecks in procuring major infrastructure projects and proposes a pathway for reform. At the core of these recommendations is the importance of driving collaboration between governments and industry at each step of the procurement process. Greater collaboration will achieve better outcomes for all Australians.