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Policy Taskforces

Policy Taskforces

Sound policy and research form the foundation of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s reform focus across infrastructure markets. Infrastructure Partnerships Australia holds taskforces in the policy areas of Energy, Social Infrastructure and Public Services, Taxation, Transport, and Water. These policy Taskforces are video-linked across Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. These meetings generally see a Chatham house-style address by a sector leader or key decision maker – with the taskforces also shaping Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s development of major research and policy papers.

Mobility Taskforce

The Mobility Taskforce provides a forum for Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s passenger transport policy agenda. It features a strong focus on reforms that enable efficient transport markets and networks, and improvements in user-focused service delivery through innovation and technology. The Taskforce explores transport’s role in solving broader policy challenges, such as managing population growth, unlocking new sources of productivity, and developing connected places that enhance Australians’ quality of life. The Taskforce also examines issues in funding new passenger transport capacity, project appraisal methodologies, addressing flexible network demands, and improving the environmental sustainability of transport infrastructure.

Taskforce Leadership:

Segolene Deeley | Director, Future Mobility & Corporate Affairs, Keolis Downer
Hosted by: Ashurst

Freight Taskforce

The Freight Taskforce helps to develop Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s freight transport policy agenda by exploring the most pressing issues facing national and international freight networks and supply chains, intermodal facilities, ports and airports. The Taskforce seeks to provide greater clarity to members across a range of freight- related challenges, including urban encroachment, supply chain efficiency, conflicts with passenger networks, data availability, freight market and heavy vehicle charging reforms. The Taskforce also examines freight infrastructure within strategic, long-term urban and regional planning frameworks, with a view to ensuring Australia can continue to meet its freight networks as the economy grows and changes.

Taskforce Leadership:

Sal Petroccitto OAM | Chief Executive Officer, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Energy Taskforce

The Energy Taskforce drives Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s energy policy agenda. It explores the challenges and opportunities arising from changes in demand and policy and regulatory settings across Australia’s domestic energy market, including the need to accommodate new approaches to energy generation, firming and transmission. The Taskforce continues to advocate for the next wave of reform in the energy sector, with a focus on efficiently managing the sector’s transition to a lower carbon future. The Taskforce seeks to cut through the complexity and opacity of energy policy debate to provide members with insights from respected industry participants and broader perspectives on the future of Australia’s energy mix.

Taskforce Leadership:

David Ryan | Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Hosted by: Herbert Smith Freehills

Water Taskforce

The Water Taskforce examines the key challenges and required reforms to ensure a secure, sustainable and efficient water sector. There is a key emphasis on structural urban water reform, and water’s place within broader planning processes. In particular, the Taskforce considers opportunities for greater private sector engagement in delivering innovative and value-for-money solutions that better position the sector to meet future risk and demand pressures. Taskforce members have the opportunity to share information and provide input to decision makers.

Taskforce Leadership:

Francois Gouws | Managing Director, TRILITY
Fiona Smith | Executive Manager, Strategy and Performance, WaterNSW
Hosted by: Arup

Taxation Taskforce

The Taxation Taskforce continually engages with policy and law makers on the implementation and impact of taxation reforms as they affect infrastructure project development, financing and investment. The taskforce is committed to proposing practical solutions to overcoming tax impediments and disincentives that discourage investment in Australian infrastructure projects. The Taskforce focuses on continual engagement with the Australian Tax Office and Treasury’s in relation to multinational tax and infrastructure privatisation tax reforms.

Taskforce Leadership:

Jock McCormack | Partner – Head of Tax Australia, DLA Piper
Minh Dao | Partner, Deal Advisory Tax – Infrastructure, KPMG
Cristina Wolters | General Manager Finance (Taxation), Transurban
Hosted by: DLA Piper

Social Infrastructure & Services Taskforce

The Social Infrastructure & Services Taskforce is committed to promoting best practice in the procurement and delivery of social infrastructure projects and the reform of infrastructure-based services across education, health, justice and public housing as well as arts and culture. The Taskforce is committed to encouraging innovation and efficiency to enable high-quality services and value-for-money outcomes for communities and governments. Much of the social infrastructure pipeline is often less visible than other sectors, so the taskforce provides much needed insight to the membership about upcoming projects, opportunities and governments’ reform agendas in public services.

Taskforce Leadership:

Rebecca Wark | Chief Executive, Health Infrastructure NSW
Hosted by: Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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