INSIGHTS, TRENDS AND CASE STUDIES

This Weekly is being released early as a preview of next Tuesday’s Federal Budget, likely the last before the next election, which is due by 18 May 2019.

The trends reshaping health and the future implications for the Australian marketplace.

Reduced government funding and a growing population are forcing local councils to find alternative funding for public assets and community projects. NAB has already started filling the gap, with new mechanisms opening up funding sources usually closed to small lenders.

This fourth in a series of Policy Outlook papers, by The Better Infrastructure Initiative and The University of Sydney’s John Grill Centre for Project Leadership, addresses the pressing issue of how to create customer-led infrastructure and the long term benefits it brings to stakeholders.

The Queensland Government’s first social bond that seeks to reduce reoffending by young people has been launched by Life Without Barriers and NAB.

Skills shortage holding back Australian business.

After the recent investor jitters triggered by the failure of some Public Private Partnership (PPP) toll roads, it looks like a new wave of infrastructure PPPs, kick-started by Federal and State Government investment, are making a strong comeback.

Using cross-sector partnerships to connect and capture data that underpins system-wide problem solving can create better societal outcomes.

The second report in the Catalyst Insights Series, was developed following a roundtable focused on enabling the public and the private sector to work together to create better societal outcomes.

There’s a fine balance between risk and reward in major infrastructure projects. Understanding the opportunities and challenges is equally important, as is securing the right kind of funding.

We’re already living in smart cities. The challenge facing Australia is how to ensure our cities deliver the best possible living and working environments in the future.

This paper calls for customer-led infrastructure and specifically identifies examples of the ‘DIY protagonist – those individuals, businesses and communities who have identified a need for specific infrastructure and have made it happen.

Digital transformation on a shoestring opens options for residents, frees up staff and provides big benefits for Brimbank City Council, an organisation focused on delivering for its community.

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