Discussion paper released on private sector involvement in the $600M Northern Australia Roads Programme

Media Release

WT416/2015

08 December 2015

The Australian Government today released a discussion paper on ways of maximising value for money from its investments in northern Australia's infrastructure through private sector involvement.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the paper invites the private sector to bring forward innovative funding and delivery proposals for projects to be delivered under the $600 million Northern Australia Roads Programme.

“The Government is keen to test the market to see what the appetite is for delivering innovative investment in road transport infrastructure in the north,” Mr Truss said.

“Our focus is on delivering outcomes for Northern Australia—and we will choose whatever works best, be it a private sector proposal or delivery by government. And what works for one particular road may not work for another.

“This discussion paper calls for proposals from the private sector on how to stimulate greater competition and investment under the Northern Australia Roads Programme.”

Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said that in delivering the best outcome for northern Australia, it was important to test whether private sector ideas could allow more to be delivered for the funds committed by government.

“We are therefore seeking the private sector's input on realistic and workable concepts and innovative models that will maximise the value of public investments in northern Australia road infrastructure,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Not all models may be commercially viable—but the best way to find out is to call for expressions of interest.

“I encourage interested private sector players to put forward realistic and workable models in response to the discussion paper.”

Expressions of Interest from the private sector will close on Friday, 29 January 2016 at 5pm.

Copies of the Northern Australia Roads Programme—Encouraging Private Sector Investment discussion paper are available at: www.investment.infrastructure.gov.au/publications/reports/pdf/Northern_Australia_Roads_Programme_Discussion_Paper_Dec_2015.pdf

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development will be holding a roundtable forum over the coming weeks in December 2015 for interested parties to discuss potential opportunities for the private sector involvement in the Northern Australia Roads Programme. 

Registrations for the roundtable forum should be made by 11 December 2015.

To register interest in attending the roundtable forum or to seek further information on putting forward a proposal, please contact:

General Manager
North West Roads
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Phone: (02) 6274 6424
Email:  NorthernAustraliaRoadsProgramme@infrastructure.gov.au