First progress report on 2022 State Infrastructure Strategy released
- Infrastructure WA releases annual Implementation Progress Report
- Report findings show good progress in implementing the strategy's recommendations
- Next State Infrastructure Strategy is due in mid-2027
Infrastructure WA has today released its inaugural annual Implementation Progress Report on the State Infrastructure Strategy - Foundations for a Stronger Tomorrow.
The report, which covers the period between February and June 2023, outlines the actions of 26 lead government agencies and trading enterprises in implementing the strategy's recommendations, taking into account the Western Australian Government's Response to the Strategy.
Foundations for a Stronger Tomorrow made 93 recommendations aimed at enhancing the economic, social and environmental outcomes delivered through the State's infrastructure system. It highlights the need to build smart, integrated, sustainable and resilient infrastructure that maximises value to the community and industry.
In its response to the strategy, the State Government committed to 143 actions against the strategy recommendations. The Department of the Premier and Cabinet has further refined this program of work, identifying 156 reportable government actions led by 26 lead agencies and government trading enterprises. Of these actions, 10 have been completed, 135 are in progress, and 11 are set to commence in coming years.
The report found that good progress has been made in implementing many of the strategy's recommendations. It also highlighted the need for ongoing efforts in some areas, such as Aboriginal participation across the infrastructure life cycle, further housing diversity and supply improvements, and better understanding of infrastructure needs to support the energy transition.
It is anticipated that work will commence next year on developing the next State Infrastructure Strategy, which is due to be finalised in mid-2027.
To read the IWA's Implementation Progress Report visit: https://www.infrastructure.wa.gov.au/implementation-progress-report-december-2023
Comments attributed to Premier Roger Cook:
"While it's been less than a year since the Government's response to the State Infrastructure Strategy was released, it's encouraging to see initiatives being progressed that will improve the fundamentals of WA's infrastructure system.
"I look forward to seeing ongoing work to support delivery of world-class infrastructure for Western Australia."
Comments attributed to IWA Chairperson Nicole Lockwood:
"I would like to acknowledge the work of the IWA team and those at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the many lead agencies for progress made to date.
"These collaborative efforts will help to see the strategy's vision come to fruition. It's a great milestone for the WA Government in ensuring there is accountability in meeting the needs of the State."