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

Audit assesses northern Australia's infrastructure

Media Release

WT130/2015

08 May 2015

Joint release with:

The Hon Tony Abbott MP

Prime Minister

Today the Commonwealth Government released the first Infrastructure Australia audit of northern Australia's infrastructure.

The audit outlines the region's current infrastructure asset base and its potential long-term needs. Its findings affirm the Commonwealth's objective to further develop the north and to encourage greater levels of private sector investment in infrastructure in northern Australia.

It found that the population in northern Australia is projected to grow more quickly than Australia as a whole, at 1.8 per cent a year, compared to 1.6 per cent in the broader population.

At this growth rate, northern Australia will be home to around 1.77 million people by 2031, while upper estimates place up to 2.1 million people in our north.

The Commonwealth will work with northern jurisdictions to develop a pipeline of critical infrastructure projects—roads, rail, water, electricity, ports and communications—to cater for the growing population and deliver economic growth.

The right mix of infrastructure investment, delivered in the right place at the right time will be critical to providing a strong future for northern Australia.

It will also ensure northern businesses and communities are better connected, both across the north and with growing international markets to Australia's north.

Reforms being undertaken to improve infrastructure planning, project appraisal and selection will complement the work of the audit.

This work will assist in allocating funding to infrastructure projects that return the highest benefits to communities for a stronger and more prosperous northern Australia.