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 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

Positioning Australia for the Future

Media Release


19 March 2014

Australia's infrastructure outlook has been mapped and made public as never before with the release of the publication Trends, a forecast of the nation's infrastructure position through to 2030.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss released the report at the Tourism and Transport Forum Leadership Summit in Canberra today.

Trends draws together facts and figures that have not before been published in one document,” Mr Truss said.

“It provides analysis and forecasts of the most significant impacts on the infrastructure and transport sector, drawing on research by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, along with information from other government and industry sources.

“The Australian Government is getting on with the business of linking infrastructure financing, investment and reform with productivity.

“Mapping Australia's infrastructure direction has never been more important. We are an infrastructure government that is determined to boost Australia's productivity and competitiveness.”

Mr Truss said Trends outlined a solid evidence base on the pressures affecting Australia's infrastructure needs. He said it reported that over the next two decades:

  • the number of trucks on Australian roads will increase by 50 per cent, rail freight by two-thirds and shipping containers through Australian ports will double;
  • international and domestic travel through Australian capital city airports will almost double; and
  • technology will play a significant role in meeting the transport task, while also improving safety.

Trends shows that pressures on our infrastructure continue to grow,” Mr Truss said.

“It reports that Australia needs to position itself to capitalise on growth and increased investment due to a burgeoning population and increasing international demand for our goods and services.

“It will be up to all governments and industry to ensure the right policies, initiatives and programs are in place to manage demand, capitalise on opportunities and strengthen Australia's international competitiveness.”

Trends is available at