From the CEO

The Delivering Outcomes roadmap for industry reform released by Infrastructure Australia (IA) this week served as a timely reminder about why action on procurement reform and improving industry culture are critical national policy priorities.

As RA noted in our statement, several industry reports over recent times have highlighted how outdated and inflexible approaches to procurement, contracting, risk allocation and workforce management are affecting industry’s ability to plan and deliver infrastructure projects.

As we approach next week’s Federal Budget, there is an opportunity for the Federal Government to support all jurisdictions to deliver consistent, nationally coordinated action that addresses the underlying causes of these problems and promotes better outcomes for industry and the community.

RA’s pre-Budget submission highlights several initiatives that will assist. These include investing in measures that will incentivise procurement reform, establishing a nationally coordinated project pipeline and supporting a shared data resource tracking acute skills shortages that will produce more responsive decisions around skilled migration and training.

RA will provide an update following the Budget on Tuesday evening to highlight any progress on these matters, as well as other measures relevant to the delivery of integrated transport infrastructure and services.

Michael Kilgariff

Chief Executive Officer

You can now view the program for Australia’s premier industry-run networking and knowledge-sharing event for integrated transport – RA’s 2022 Transport Summit.

We’re proud to be presenting a plethora of international and local expert speakers dissecting the issues that are ‘front and centre’ in both the national transport debate and the industry workplace.

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Major progress on Inland Rail in Queensland this week, as ARTC Inland Rail appointed Regionerate Rail, a consortium including RA members Service Stream, GS Engineering and Construction, Clough and Webuild to develop and maintain the Gowrie to Kagaru section.
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There have been some significant transport infrastructure project announcements made in Western Australia, including an expansion of the Perth City Deal. RA members will be at the forefront of their delivery.
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RA member SICE has extended its partnership with Transport for NSW and will upgrade its current SIDERA Operations Management and Control System (OMCS) at the St Helena Tunnel in Byron Bay.
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RA’s 2022 Emerging Leaders Gala Dinner was a terrific evening of networking and some amazing presentations that demonstrated the value of strong networks and mentors for those embarking on their careers.
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The Chair of RA’s Future Leaders Committee Jill Boag has taken up a new role as Project Director with Gamuda Australia. She has extensive career experience in the delivery of transport infrastructure projects, including senior roles with CPB Contractors and John Holland.

Sharon Billinger has joined Aurecon as Associate – Integrated Transport and Mobility, based in SA. Sharon began her career at Connell Wagner (now Aurecon) is a senior transport planner with a passion for stakeholder engagement and robust infrastructure planning.

In the lead up to our 2022 Transport Summit, RA is hosting a series of webinars exploring intertwined policy objectives that must be advanced to support Australia’s transition to low and zero emission vehicles.

Join us on Tuesday 29 March for the second webinar in the series, discussing how changing community attitudes towards energy are shaping Australia’s transport future. Our presenters will also explore how alternative and renewable fuel sources can be harnessed to deliver better environmental and economic outcomes.
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Join us in Melbourne on Friday 8 April as we welcome Duncan Elliott, Chief Executive Officer, North East Link Project to explore how this transformational piece of transport infrastructure will reshape Melbourne’s road network.

Duncan will discuss how North East Link will change the way road users move around Melbourne, deliver improved sustainability outcomes for the community and enhance the capacity and diversity of our industry’s workforce.

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