Northern Territory Infrastructure Strategy 2022

NT Government

The Territory Labor Government has released the NT Infrastructure Strategy 2022 to 2030 and the NT Infrastructure Plan and Pipeline 2022 which build the foundations for a sustainable and diverse $40 billion economy by 2030.

Government’s vision is for infrastructure investment that enables growth of the Territory economy and population, and supports well-being and quality of life for all Territorians, underpinned by sustainability and resilience.

The Territory’s new Infrastructure Framework provides a clear direction and whole-of-government leadership for project planning, development and delivery, including:

– A refocused Strategy 2022 – 2030 to outline the Government’s vision;

– A new Audit Series to assess needs, analyse gaps and identify reforms;

– A refocused Plan Series to provide an enabling infrastructure roadmap; and

– A new Pipeline Series outlining funded projects that will be delivered in the short term to assist industry with workforce capability and capacity decisions.

The Framework, Strategy and Plan and Pipeline have been informed by consultation with Northern Territory and Australian government agencies, local government, land councils, industry representative bodies and the private sector.

Supporting this vision are the industry sectors that will grow our economy, and subsequently our population growth – emerging industries, agribusiness, tourism, lifestyle, resources and defence and national security sectors – and the enabling infrastructure ecosystems to support this growth, including transport and logistics, utilities, social infrastructure and land.

The Plan and Pipeline provides a detailed roadmap to the investments that will enact Government’s vision of a sustainable and diverse $40 billion economy by 2030. It aligns with Infrastructure Australia’s national priorities and takes a place-based approach, which was strongly supported through consultation feedback. The Plan and Pipeline identifies projects, programs and proposals that will address challenges and capture opportunities in each of the regions throughout the Territory from a nationally significant perspective, Territory-wide view and from within the six distinct regions.

The new NT Infrastructure Audit will be completed in 2 phases. Phase 1 comprised a desktop study of existing material.

Phase 2 of the Audit will provide a gap analysis of existing baseline infrastructure and service level standards, identify reforms to harness opportunity and address challenges in the mid-term to 2030 and the longer term to 2050.

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Quotes attributed to the Minister for Territory Development, Eva Lawler:

“Quality projects that enable economic development are important to the Northern Territory’s come back.

“The NT Infrastructure Strategy 2022 to 2030 sets the vision for infrastructure investment that enables growth of the Territory economy and population, and supports well-being and quality of life for all Territorians, underpinned by sustainability and resilience.

“Now is the time for a refocused approach to delivering strategic infrastructure planning and development to accelerate the Territory’s post COVID 19 economic rebound. This is the blueprint to how we will continue to grow our current projects and bring new builds to the Territory.

“We are a Government which is doing the work and making sure the Northern Territory is positioned to win projects and investment, which is in the interests of Territorians, jobs, business and our future.”

Quotes from Chief Executive of Infrastructure Australia and former Territory Economic Reconstruction Commissioner, Romilly Madew:

“It’s pleasing to see the close alignment between Infrastructure NT’s plan and pipeline and Infrastructure Australia’s work.

“The NT Framework aligns to our refreshed approach to infrastructure assessment, looking beyond the benefit cost ratio to more holistically consider strategic alignment, societal impact and deliverability.

“Delivering the infrastructure our communities need requires true collaboration – across sectors, across different levels of government and with industry and the community.

“Across Australia we have a real opportunity to work together, to extract more from the infrastructure we already have and make smart, well-planned investments into the infrastructure of the future.”

Quotes from the Infrastructure Commissioner, Louise McCormick:

“The new Infrastructure Strategy articulates the industry sectors and enabling infrastructure ecosystems that are key to achieving the Strategy as well as the Northern Territory Government’s 2030 goals.

“The new Infrastructure Plan and Pipeline has adopted a place-based approach to focus on the strengths and opportunities in each region, which was a key reform recommendation of Infrastructure Australia and was also supported by stakeholders during consultations.

“The Plan and Pipeline better equips Government to manage the historical boom and bust cycle, enables industry to undertake workforce planning and provides private sector investors with more certainty about public infrastructure investment.”

Northern Territory Government

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