Infrastructure and construction

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Infrastructure for the 21st century

As a developed modern economy, NSW has a large portfolio of infrastructure assets and a strong pipeline of future projects. Infrastructure related construction in NSW is experiencing major growth as a result of the Government's spending program, which will exceed $73 billion in the four years to 2019-20. The program drives economic growth throughout NSW by alleviating congestion and improving the quality of essential services.

The NSW Government is collaborating with industry to deliver a large and sustainable program of both economic and social infrastructure. A large component of this will be contracted to the private sector.

Modern infrastructure

The large physical networks necessary for the functioning of a modern industrial nation, such as roads, railways and utilities – provides the people of NSW with the means to get to and from work and family. It also gives them access to everything from safe drinking water to internet connections and electricity to run the operating theatre equipment that saves lives in our hospitals. From the essential to the iconic, these economic infrastructure networks make NSW tick.

Economic infrastructure networks in turn enable the delivery of what is known as social infrastructure – all the institutions that are required to maintain the economic, health, cultural and social standards of the State, such as the financial system, the education system and the healthcare system.

Together, these networks provide the quality of life and breadth of opportunity that have made NSW one of the best places in the world to live.

Current projects

The private sector plays a critical role in financing, developing and delivering infrastructure in NSW. The Government has identified infrastructure investment as a priority and is actively promoting a large pipeline of activity, with plans to spend more than $73 billion over the next four years. Major projects that have commenced include:

  • WestConnex (motorway and urban renewal)
  • NorthConnex motorway
  • North West Rail Link
  • Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail
  • Pacific Highway duplication
  • Sydney International Convention and Exhibition Centre

Future projects include major road and rail infrastructure, urban regeneration programs, transit-oriented developments and a second international airport in Sydney. Opportunities exist for direct investment as well as participation in design, construction, management and operation of projects. NSW Department of Industry assists businesses that are contemplating significant new investment in infrastructure, whether establishing a new operation, relocating a business or expanding an existing business. In addition to providing information on the local market and regulatory requirements, the department can facilitate discussions with the relevant planning authorities.