Our research program
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.
- Regional Infrastructure Needs project, building our understanding of the economic, social and environmental needs of Victoria’s regions.
- Infrastructure provision in different development settings, researching the cost issues associated with infrastructure supporting residential development in Melbourne and three regional cities.
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:
- Victorian government departments and agencies
- Commonwealth and interstate 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?
Managing transport demand
The aim of Infrastructure Victoria’s Managing Transport Demand research program is to examine ways to get the most efficient use out of the transport network.
Our research includes using a new approach to transport modelling to understand how people move around Melbourne and identifying measures to better manage Melbourne’s transport demand.
The program is building on the work undertaken for Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy, which included a recommendation for transport network pricing to be implemented in 5-15 years, and the discussion paper The road ahead.
In April 2018, we released the research paper Five year focus: Immediate actions to tackle congestion. The paper identifies key problem areas now and in the future on Melbourne’s transport network and examines what can be done over the next five years to improve travel time and reliability. To find out more, visit the web page.
Our policy paper Value capture – options, challenges and opportunities for Victoria aimed to build community awareness and understanding of the concept of value capture and provide practical next steps for implementation.
The paper looked 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.
Valuing more economic, social and environmental impacts
As part of our research program on Valuing More Economic, Social and Environmental Impacts, we developed a series of papers on the social housing, health and criminal justice sectors, published here in June 2018.
The objective of our research was to improve the use of cost-benefit analysis in project appraisals in Victoria. We found more can be done to extend the use of cost-benefit analysis to capture more impacts. Cost-benefit analysis is rigorous, transparent and provides a quantitative method for measuring the cost and benefits of a project in monetary terms. We see cost-benefit analysis as an important and necessary tool to support government in making sound investment decisions.
The publishing of these papers marked the completion of the Valuing More Economic, Social and Environmental Impacts research program. Through this program, we have aimed to strengthen the existing academic literature and influence the academic research sphere on how economic, social and environmental impacts are estimated for use in project appraisals.
Regional infrastructure needs
One of the important research projects that will help us to prepare the update of the 30-year strategy in 2019 is the Regional Infrastructure Needs project, which seeks to build our understanding of the economic, social and environmental needs of Victoria’s regions.
We will build on the existing evidence base to have an even deeper understanding of the economic, social and environmental strengths and challenges for each of Victoria’s nine regions, as identified in the state government’s Regional Partnerships program.
The project will also review our existing metrics to consider whether they can be improved to assist us to measure the contribution that different solutions may have to address regional needs.
Work on this project has begun and we will continue building the regional evidence base through to the refresh of the strategy in 2019.
Infrastructure provision in different development settings
Infrastructure Victoria is undertaking research on the cost issues associated with infrastructure supporting residential development in Melbourne and three regional cities.
The aim is to build an evidence base to support analysis of where housing development and infrastructure investment should occur, considering different settings ranging from established to greenfield growth areas.
One of the top recommendations in Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy is to increase the proportion of housing in areas that are well serviced with infrastructure.
To explore our urban consolidation recommendations further we are undertaking this research to build our evidence base and to further inform our understanding on where development and infrastructure investment should occur in the urban area, and across regional cities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org