Our research program

Infrastructure significantly affects the daily lives of all Victorians. Infrastructure is essential to health and wellbeing, and education. It also influences how people commute to work or school, communicate with one another and power homes. Infrastructure is essential to support the growth of communities and is important in protecting the environment.

We want to research infrastructure matters so we can help find ways to get more out of infrastructure in Victoria. This includes better ways to develop or assess infrastructure proposals, and how to fund or finance them.


Research topics

Research projects underway at Infrastructure Victoria include:

  • Valuing more economic, social and environmental impacts in monetary terms where feasible.
  • Managing transport demand, including a review of road pricing options to manage congestion and complementary measures to address equity and public transport impacts.


Working collaboratively

To make sure our research is useful and we capture the best ideas from here and overseas we will consult and work with many different stakeholders. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Victorian government departments and agencies
  • other state and national governments
  • independent infrastructure bodies
  • national and international experts and practitioners
  • private sector and industry
  • think tanks, academics and other non-government or research organisations.

Depending on the topic, we may partner with various experts or organisations. We will also publish our work so we can seek the community's views and feedback as we undertake our research.


What have we done so far?

Valuing more economic, social and environmental impacts

Infrastructure Victoria has released a paper in a series of work on valuing more economic, social and environmental impacts. This paper outlines how government can improve its assessment and appraisal of infrastructure proposals when making investment decisions by monetising more economic, social and environmental impacts.

Stakeholder and community feedback is an important part of our research on monetising economic, social and environmental impacts of infrastructure projects, programs and policies. The first phase of consultation on this paper has closed. Infrastructure Victoria will continue to progress this project throughout 2017. For more information contact enquiries@infrastructurevictoria.com.au.

Moving from evaluation to valuation (5.8MB)

Managing transport demand

Infrastructure Victoria is examining ways to manage congestion and get the most efficient use of the transport network.

The release of Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy in December 2016 included a recommendation for transport network pricing to be implemented in 5-15 years. To explore our recommendation more closely, Infrastructure Victoria released the discussion paper The road ahead in November 2016 for consultation. Our analysis focused on managing congestion in metropolitan Melbourne as the first step towards a comprehensive transport network pricing regime for roads and public transport.

We used feedback on the discussion paper to identify areas of importance, challenge our thinking and help to shape the scope of work for the next phase of the research project. For more information contact enquiries@infrastructurevictoria.com.au.

Transport network pricing discussion paper - The road ahead (PDF 5.5MB)

Consultation report - Responses to The road ahead (PDF 2.15MB)

Value capture policy paper

Infrastructure Victoria has released the policy paper Value capture – options, challenges and opportunities for Victoria.

The paper aims to build community awareness and understanding of the concept of value capture and provide practical next steps for implementation.

The paper looks at several value capture mechanisms including developer contributions, betterment levies, major beneficiary contributions and property development, asset sales or leases. The value capture mechanisms are modelled on six infrastructure project scenarios to illustrate how they could be applied to different sectors such as transport, health, housing and education.

Value capture policy paper (PDF 2.38MB)

Ernst & Young technical appendix for value capture (PDF 2MB)


How can you get involved?

We want to consider as many views as possible as we undertake our research. If you’d like to know more about Infrastructure Victoria’s research program please contact enquiries@infrastructurevictoria.com.au