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.
Our research program seeks to find ways to get the best out of infrastructure in Victoria. This includes looking at how infrastructure is delivered, managed and used and how infrastructure proposals are developed and assessed.
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?
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
In late 2016 we released a paper in a series of work on valuing more economic, social and environmental impacts. This paper outlined how government can improve its assessment and appraisal of infrastructure proposals when making investment decisions by monetising more economic, social and environmental impacts.
As part of this research we have undertaken work on valuing Victoria’s amenities such as different types of parks. This research aims to help government include amenity valuations when assessing how infrastructure proposals will impact surrounding area.
Managing transport demand
Infrastructure Victoria is examining ways to manage Melbourne’s transport demand and 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, identifying short and medium-term options to better manage Melbourne’s transport demand and analysing different road pricing regimes for the long term.
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 December we released our latest research which used a new approach to modelling to better understand how Melbourne’s roads might be used in 2030, and provide a comparison to 2015. We have also undertaken community research to explore people’s travel behaviour and attitudes. To read more about the findings, visit the web page.
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