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

Government Gears up for Western Sydney Airport

Media Release


07 August 2014

The Australian Government has appointed Ernst & Young to provide Business Adviser services for the Western Sydney Airport Project.

Under the contract, Ernst & Young will bring together several firms that include LEK, GHD and Landrum and Brown to harness specialist aviation, design and commercial expertise to support the government on the airport development.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Ernst & Young will join already appointed legal advisers Clayton Utz and the Australian Government Solicitor working on the project.

“Ernst & Young's role as the Business Adviser will be integral to the work of the government's Western Sydney Unit,” Mr Truss said.

“They will help to build the business case and develop the airport design concepts for the Western Sydney's airport infrastructure. The project is about developing the infrastructure for the 21st century and creating new economic opportunities for the region.

“To ensure timely delivery of this critical national infrastructure project, Ernst & Young will establish and operate a Project Management Office within the Department's Western Sydney Unit.

“These advisers will bring their commercial and financing expertise to assist the Commonwealth in achieving the best outcomes for Western Sydney.”

Mr Truss added that the work to be undertaken will include the development of a business case for a Western Sydney Airport, patronage forecasting, airport operation and design concepts, examination of funding and financing models, market sounding, and airport costing and valuations.

The Australian Government is already delivering on its plan to build a stronger and more prosperous Western Sydney by investing more than $3 billion over 10 years in major infrastructure upgrades that will revitalise the West and be a key driver for the NSW and national economies.