INFRASTRUCTURE AUSTRALIA has added a record number of new investment opportunities to the Infrastructure Priority List, in a major update that reflects the changing infrastructure needs of Australia’s cities, regions and remote communities in the wake of COVID-19.
“The 2021 Infrastructure Priority List is a comprehensive overview of nationally-significant infrastructure needs, providing an investment roadmap to guide Australia’s economic recovery and improve quality of life as we continue to absorb and respond to the shocks of COVID-19,” said Infrastructure Australia Chief Executive, Romilly Madew.
“More than half of the investment opportunities on the 2021 Priority List benefit our regional communities, as we continue to draw focus on equitable service delivery and investments that will deliver affordable and quality infrastructure services for all Australians regardless of where they live.
Key themes of the 2021 Infrastructure Priority List that support the regions are:
- Driving economic development in regional communities and improving digital connectivity
- Investment to support digital health services in regional and remote Australia
Infrastructure Australia has recognised the impact of COVID-19 on the way Australians use critical infrastructure. This includes changing work patterns, a pause on Net Overseas Migration, and a 200% increase in people moving from capital areas to regional areas.
The 2021 edition of the Priority List identifies a $59 billion project pipeline, with 6 High Priority Projects, 17 Priority Projects, 48 High Priority Initiatives and 109 Priority Initiatives.