INFRASTRUCTURE

We have to think now about what kind of infrastructure Australia needs in the decades to come

INSIGHTS, TRENDS AND CASE STUDIES

Given the success of PPPs and privatisations at the Federal and State Government levels, why are Local Governments not in the spotlight?

The Federal Government is committed to accelerating economic infrastructure investment in Northern Australia. Up to $5bn in concessional loans to accelerate that investment – are available.

It was a busy budget this year for NAB customers, with a wide range of measures from infrastructure to education to Medicare. Alan Oster, NAB Group Chief Economist, shares his view and NAB’s long term growth outlook.

As expected, the centerpiece of this Budget is increased infrastructure spending, a new Housing Affordability plan, Gonski 2.0 and increased emphasis on the “Operating Fiscal Balance” (“good” versus “bad” deficits).

Federal Budget 2017 shows little change in the Government’s budget position in the next two years, but a more rapid improvement thereafter. However, increased infrastructure and education spending should be positive for long-term growth.

Research by NAB shows Australians don’t think about infrastructure projects as just concrete, bricks and mortar, but rather as the services or conveniences that are derived from them. The role of the customer, and their satisfaction, has been a weakness in the infrastructure governance settings for some time.

Australia’s infrastructure isn’t sufficient to meet the expected increase in population. This means we have to think now about what kind of infrastructure Australia needs in the decades to come. NAB Chairman Ken Henry was joined by infrastructure industry experts and leading thinkers to discuss the issues that are central to securing Australia’s future infrastructure.

Australia and Canada are both running infrastructure deficits and require significant investment to continue to foster economic activity and maintain core social services. NAB’s Chief Customer Officer (Acting) – Corporate & Institutional Banking discusses the key area of infrastructure that Australia needs to do better: funding.

Mornington Peninsula Shire is investing an estimated $9.5 million in emissions reduction projects over the next five years as part of a far-reaching plan to generate a cleaner and greener environment as well as operational savings.

Conversations about the role infrastructure plays often begins from the perspective of what we don’t yet have, what doesn’t work well, and how much more money we need to deliver better outcomes. NAB believes we are better served by reframing that conversation into one which first acknowledges the wealth of the existing infrastructure framework.

North Sydney Council has turned to some different financial strategies to create a more flexible funding structure that’s helped drive a series of multi-million dollar infrastructure projects.

This is the sixth in a series of reports prepared by the Australian Centre for Financial Studies for National Australia Bank aimed at explaining the potential role of corporate bonds in retail investor portfolios and promoting growth of the corporate bond market.

Infrastructure commitment remains but little extra funding in this Budget.

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