Infrastructure and Transport

Investing in 21st century infrastructure and efficient infrastructure markets are critical to improving national productivity.

In 2006, the Productivity Commission estimated that improving the efficiency of Australia’s energy, transport and infrastructure, together with other competition and regulatory reforms could, after a period of adjustment, increase Gross Domestic Product by nearly two per cent.


Improving the Efficiency of Transport Regulation

In August 2011, COAG agreed to three new Intergovernmental Agreements on heavy vehicles, rail and maritime safety. For more information, see the section on a seamless national economy.


Driving Australia's Road Reform

In April 2007, COAG set out a three-phase COAG Road Reform Plan (CRRP) to consider alternative models of heavy vehicle road pricing and funding.

COAG identified the objective of the CRRP as promoting the more efficient, productive and sustainable provision and use of freight infrastructure.

A critical direction is ensuring that national heavy vehicle road prices promote the efficient, safe and sustainable use of infrastructure, vehicles and transport modes.

As part of the National Reform Agenda’s competition reforms and specifically in response to the findings and recommendations of the Productivity Commission Inquiry on Road and Rail Freight Infrastructure Pricing, the CRRP Project Board was formed. For more information, see the Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment Reform website.


National Ports Strategy

The previous Prime Minister requested that the National Transport Commission (NTC) and Infrastructure Australia develop a National Ports Strategy for consideration by the COAG. On 13 February 2011, COAG asked the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) to complete an implementation plan for a final National Ports Strategy. COAG endorsed the National Ports Strategy, out-of-session, in July 2012. The Strategy is to be an integral part of the national land freight strategy that is under development.  It will improve productivity, promote better long-term planning around ports and bring a greater focus on performance to Australia’s waterfronts.


More Liveable and Sustainable Cities

In 2010 and 2011, the COAG Reform Council (CRC), assisted by an Expert Advisory Panel and in consultation with governments, conducted a review of capital city strategic planning systems.  The report, which was submitted to COAG on 23 December 2011 and publicly released on 2 April 2012, provides a snapshot in time of jurisdictions’ consistency with agreed criteria and provides useful information for all governments to consider where further improvements can be made.

On 13 April 2012, COAG agreed that further work on cities planning would be taken forward by the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure. SCOTI has published its response to the CRC's report on its website.