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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

US-Australia agreement set to drive better, safer, smarter infrastructure

Media Release


03 August 2016

Australia's vision for developing smart cities and thriving regions, and utilising new technologies to revolutionise our transport networks was strengthened today with a collaboration announced between Australia and the United States on driving the next generation of transport infrastructure.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, announced the agreement following discussions with the United States Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, highlighting the continuation of the strong bilateral relationship.

“This agreement with the United States will provide a mutually beneficial knowledge base for delivering 21st Century transport infrastructure solutions as technology driven cities and regions become a reality,” Mr Chester said.

“We are already seeing the results of this cooperation. Today we discussed a range of issues, including our use of Public Private Partnerships to deliver major projects, leveraging private sector investment in infrastructure and best practice in project development, as well as the use of intelligent transport systems in congested cities.

“Australia was also the first country in the world to regulate drones and Secretary Foxx was eager to learn more about how the Australian system works. Fruitful discussions such as these will pay future dividends for citizens of both countries.”

Mr Chester said there would be ongoing opportunities to meet with international partners in Australia, including in the latter half of this year.

“Melbourne will host the 23rd Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress from 10 to 14 October 2016. This is the world's most important forum for discussing technology-based solutions to some of the most challenging infrastructure problems of our times,” Mr Chester said.

“It will provide an opportunity for us to share our expertise in areas such as smart cities, while also meeting with some of the best infrastructure and transport minds in the world.

“I am delighted that we have reached agreement on this Memorandum of Cooperation with the United States, and I am looking forward to ongoing engagement with the United States on these important issues.”