Infrastructure Insight: Australia

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After years of under-investment, there are now huge infrastructure upgrades in roads, rail, and other infrastructure underway, and more in the pipeline over the coming years. The total value of the infrastructure construction market reached AUD55.0 billion (US$42.0 billion) in 2017, according to the Infrastructure Intelligence Center (IIC), significantly down from AUD63.4 billion (US$48.6 billion) in 2012. However, output is projected to grow to AUD76.91 billion (US$59.0 billion) by 2022 (in nominal value terms). Market expansion over the forecast period will be driven by recovery in investment in infrastructure construction activity and improvements in the regional economy. The government’s plan to develop the country’s transport network is expected to provide positive prospects for the market over the forecast period.


A concise analysis of the administrative, economic and political context for infrastructure in Australia.

An in-depth assessment of the current state of infrastructure in Australia, including roads, railways, electricity and power, water and sewerage, communications, airports and ports.

Five-year forecasts of construction output for each sector, and an analysis of the project pipelines, with details on all major projects, their funding mechanisms and leading contractors.

A focus on main political and financial institutions involved in the infrastructure market, as well as the competitive and regulatory environment.

Key Highlights

The IIC is currently tracking 507 large-scale infrastructure construction projects in Australia, at all stages of development from announcement to execution. These projects have a total investment value of AUD643.2 billion (US$493.2 billion). The railways sector accounts for the largest share of the project pipeline, with a total project value of AUD339.4 billion (US$260.2 billion). This is followed by roads and energy, with a pipeline value of AUD124.3 billion (US$95.3 billion) and AUD104.2 billion (US$79.9 billion) respectively. The pipeline for water and sewerage projects and telecommunication stands at AUD6.5 billion (US$5.0 billion) and AUD15.2 billion (US$11.7 billion) respectively based on projects tracked by the IIC. For airports and other infrastructure construction projects in Australia, the total pipeline of works has a value of AUD53.4 billion (US$40.9 billion).

Reasons to Buy

• Assess the current state of Australian infrastructure, and the main drivers of investment, including the key institutions and financing methods.

• Investigate forecasts and gain an understanding of key trends in each of the main infrastructure sectors.

• Analyze the main project participants operating in each sector, to better understand the competitive environment.

• Identify top projects by sector, development stage and start date, to inform your expansion strategy.

BMD Constructions Pty Ltd
CPB Contractors Pty Ltd
John Holland Group Pty Ltd
Lendlease Corporation Limited
RCR Tomlinson Ltd
Downer EDI Ltd
Civmec Construction & Engineering Pty Ltd
McConnell Dowell Corporation Limited and Jan De Nul Australia Pty Ltd

Table of Contents



2.1. Administrative Divisions

2.2. Political Scene

2.3. Public Finances and Credit Ratings

2.4. Demographics

2.5. Economic Performance

2.6. Construction Output


3.1. Roads

3.2. Railways

3.3. Electricity and Power

3.4. Water and Sewerage

3.5. Telecommunication

3.6. Airports and Other Infrastructure


4.1. Roads

4.2. Railways

4.3. Electricity and Power

4.4. Water and Sewerage

4.5. Telecommunications

4.6. Airports and Other Infrastructure



6.1. All Infrastructure

6.1.1. Construction outlook

6.1.2. Project pipeline analysis

6.2. Roads

6.2.1. Construction outlook

6.2.1. Key participants – contractors

6.2.2. Key participants – consultants

6.2.3. Project pipeline analysis

6.3. Railways

6.3.1. Construction outlook

6.3.2. Key participants – contractors

6.3.3. Key participants – consultants

6.3.4. Project pipeline analysis

6.4. Electricity and Power

6.4.1. Construction outlook

6.4.2. Key participants – contractors

6.4.3. Key participants – consultants

6.4.4. Project pipeline analysis

6.5. Water and Sewerage

6.5.1. Construction outlook

6.5.2. Key participants – contractors

6.5.3. Key participants – consultants

6.5.4. Project pipeline analysis

6.6. Telecommunications Infrastructure

6.6.1. Construction outlook

6.7. Airports and Other Infrastructure

6.7.1. Construction outlook

6.7.2. Key participants – contractors

6.7.3. Key participants – consultants

6.7.4. Project pipeline analysis


7.1. Definitions

7.2. Methodology

7.3. Further Information

7.4. Disclaimer

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