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Public infrastructure

Public inquiry

This inquiry has concluded. The final report was sent to Government on 27 May 2014 and publicly released on 14 July 2014.

The Australian Government asked the Commission to undertake a 6-month public inquiry into ways to encourage private financing and funding for major infrastructure projects, including issues relating to the high cost and the long lead times associated with these projects.

The Commission was to conduct a broad ranging investigation into costs, competitiveness and productivity in the provision of nationally significant economic infrastructure and examine ways to:

  • address any barriers to private sector financing, including assessing the role and efficacy of alternative infrastructure funding and financing mechanisms, and to recommend mechanisms and operating principles to overcome such barriers
  • reduce infrastructure construction costs.