FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Infrastructure Victoria?
Infrastructure Victoria is an independent body that provides government with expert advice on infrastructure matters. It has also developed a long-term infrastructure strategy for Victoria and undertakes and commissions research.
Why do we need Infrastructure Victoria?
Infrastructure Victoria will play an important role in identifying and prioritising Victoria’s long-term infrastructure needs. Having this work done by an independent agency will provide the community with reassurance that infrastructure projects are chosen on merit.
What do you mean by infrastructure?
We take a broad view of infrastructure and our 30-year infrastructure strategy covers nine key sectors:
- Water (including waste-water) and waste
- Transport (including public transport, freight, ports, airports, cycling, walking and roads)
- Education and training
- Health and human services (including social housing)
- Justice (including courts, police, corrections and emergency services)
- Culture, civic, sport, recreation and tourism
- Science, agriculture and environment
- Information and communications technology (ICT)
How is Infrastructure Victoria independent of government?
The Infrastructure Victoria Act 2015 has a number of provisions which ensure Infrastructure Victoria is independent of government.
The combination of board membership, advisory functions, governance provisions, powers and, importantly, the inability for Ministers to direct Infrastructure Victoria, means the organisation has an independence never before seen in Victorian infrastructure planning.
How has Infrastructure Victoria developed its 30-year strategy?
The preparation of the 30-year infrastructure strategy was a significant undertaking.
Infrastructure Victoria took the following steps to develop the strategy:
- Objectives - consider the economic, social and environmental objectives against which Victoria’s infrastructure needs will be assessed and consult on these objectives.
- Current assets and capabilities - assess Victoria’s current infrastructure assets and capabilities.
- Infrastructure needs - identify Victoria’s short, medium and long-term infrastructure needs. This will include review of existing agency strategies and plans, population projections, expert reports and economic data.
- Options – assess options to meet those needs including future trends, demands and technology changes, demand management and regulatory reform and considering whether to invest in new infrastructure or make better use of existing infrastructure.
- Strategy – a draft strategy was published for a final round of public input prior to the release of the final strategy.
The cornerstones of the strategy are evidence and collaboration, and it was developed with a respectful consideration of the work of many government departments and agencies over a number of years.
Why do we need a 30-year infrastructure strategy?
Good infrastructure is at the heart of a great state, and good infrastructure doesn’t happen without good planning.
High-quality infrastructure is essential for an economy and society that is prosperous, liveable and sustainable. Infrastructure decisions are important, as infrastructure projects are expensive and complex and take a long time to plan and deliver. An evidence-based strategy with broad community engagement will support the long-term holistic approach to infrastructure planning that is needed.
How was the public consulted on the strategy?
The establishment of Infrastructure Victoria created a unique opportunity for an open contest of ideas about what infrastructure is needed for Victoria and how these needs can best be met.
A genuine engagement process was essential to generate the public debate and help build the consensus.
There was also a transparent discussion about how we fund our priorities and what trade-offs will be required to build the infrastructure we need for Victoria’s future.
We consulted widely with stakeholders and the community throughout 2016 as we developed the strategy, including three phases of consultation and two citizen juries.
Visit our consultation site to see more about how the consultation process took place.