Policy & Research

Our policy and research programme uses real-world data, our deep market exposure and our internal capabilities – to deliver respected research papers and to contribute detailed submissions to government sector reviews and inquiries. Our expertise spans transport, utilities and core social service sectors. 


Major Reports

Major research is a core element of our public policy work. We are committed to providing Members and stakeholders with insightful, evidence-based, reliable and relevant information on infrastructure-related issues to assist the decision making process – and to inform and educate the media and community.

We are committed to the ongoing development of major policy and research reports which address significant national issues. A selection of our major reports are available on the Major Reports section of our website.


The Australian Infrastructure Metric

The Australian Infrastructure Metric (the Metric) is a major, long-term research initiative produced in partnership with BIS Oxford Economics. The Metric captures circa 30 per cent of private construction activity each quarter. We use this data data to model ‘work won’ each quarter; and forecast construction activity over the coming years. Our Australian Infrastructure Metric is a robust leading indicator of the strength and direction of the civil construction sector in Australia and measuring national progress in addressing the nation’s infrastructure needs.

Around 20 of Australia’s largest civil contractors participate in our quarterly study. By capturing a substantial sample of ‘work won’ by these companies each quarter, the Metric provides a timely indicator of civil construction activity in mining and public infrastructure. Our Metric also captures procurement trends and contracting types, over time. 

Explore the Metric using our Dynamic Graph Generator or find the latest edition on the Major Reports section of our website.



We contribute to the national debate through detailed submissions to relevant government reviews and public inquiries, on behalf of the infrastructure sector. We make submissions on transport, utilities and social services – together with taxation, regulation, project procurement and strategic planning matters.