INFRASTRUCTURE

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

INSIGHTS, TRENDS AND CASE STUDIES

In a wide-ranging state-of-the-market perspective, Steve Lambert, Executive General Manager, Corporate Finance at NAB, attributes Australian transaction breakthroughs in 2017 to long-term positive trends on the demand side.

Population growth remains very strong – QLD strengthening.

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.

Mike Baird, NAB’s Chief Customer Officer-Corporate and Institutional Banking talks to the opportunities the infrastructure market offers and how our clients can benefit from Australia’s infrastructure investment.

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.

It’s among the top three challenges facing us all according to the World Economic Forum – climate change adaptation. But there are challenges to financing such investments in Australia. How can we ensure critical infrastructure is resilient for a changing climate, integrating physical risk into investment practices?

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.

Any examination of the Asia-Pacific region’s capital requirements, whether by a government, issuer or investor, must begin with the acknowledgement that demographic and financial pressures mean countries can no longer ‘go it alone.’

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.

NAB Chairman, Dr Ken Henry shares his vision for how we can address Australia’s infrastructure needs, as our population grows.

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.

Asian investors are poised to play a key role in helping to manage Australia’s current stock of infrastructure, and planning and funding it for the years to come.

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