Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Big Picture: Australia's infrastructure statistics

Media Release

WT008/2013

18 October 2013

The latest figures on infrastructure spending and usage in Australia show the important role that infrastructure plays to support Australia's economy and productivity.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today launched the Australian Infrastructure Statistics Yearbook 2013, which reveals a 10 per cent growth in transport's share of infrastructure expenditure in the decade since 2001-02. This 10-year snapshot has seen huge growth in the movement of freight and people.

“The freight task is enormous, with 208 billion tonne kilometres of freight moved by road and 259 billion tonne kilometres of freight moved by rail. More than 6.6 million shipping containers were moved through the nation's five main container ports, and 100 billion tonne kilometres of freight were moved around the coast,” Mr Truss said.

“But infrastructure also connects people and communities. In 2011-12, 175 billion passenger kilometres were travelled on capital city roads and 12 billion passenger kilometres on urban rail networks.”

The Yearbook also reports on energy, communications and water infrastructure.

Mr Truss said that infrastructure construction has more than doubled over the decade, with much of the growth in private sector-owned projects dominated by mining related investments. Current expenditure has declined from that peak but remains at historically high levels.

The statistics are published by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.

“The work of the Bureau provides economic analysis, research and statistics on infrastructure, transport and regional development to inform government decisions,” Mr Truss said.

Mr Truss released the latest Yearbook at the annual conference of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia in Sydney today.

The BITRE Australian Infrastructure Statistics Yearbook 2013 and accompanying summary booklet Key Australian Infrastructure Statistics are available at www.bitre.gov.au