The NSW Government recognises the importance of infrastructure in driving economic growth and attracting investment to the state. Significant investments in infrastructure are planned, with more than $73 billion committed over the next four years.
The Government has also embarked on a 20 year infrastructure strategy for airports, rail and road links. The State Infrastructure Strategy forecasts, in line with NSW Government objectives, where future needs will be and how priority projects should be decided.
NSW is home to a sophisticated network of international gateways and transportation systems. Sydney Airport is Australia's largest airport, processing about half of the country's international air freight and nearly half of all international air passenger journeys. Additionally, hundreds of airports across the state connect regional cities and towns with Sydney.
NSW has three maritime ports – Port Botany in Sydney, Port Kembla to the south of Sydney, and the Port of Newcastle. Port Botany is Australia's second busiest container port; Port Kembla specialises in bulk liquids and is the largest import facility for cars in Australia; and the Port of Newcastle is the world's largest coal exporting port.
The state's combined passenger and freight rail network is the most extensive in the country, covering the vast majority of NSW and transporting bulk commodities to the ports, while the road network links Sydney to other major cities, towns and regional areas. The state is a key road freight distribution hub for Australia's manufacturing sector.
Key industry participants in the infrastructure sector all have a large presence in NSW. Global engineering, construction, project management and infrastructure services firms are based in Sydney, which means that the projects delivered represent world class expertise.