Released: NT infrastructure strategy and infrastructure plan and pipeline

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The new NT infrastructure framework aligns infrastructure planning and investment with the Territory Government’s 2030 goals of a sustainable and diverse $40 billion economy, a population of 300,000 and 35,000 more jobs.

The Northern Territory (NT) Government has adopted a new infrastructure framework to align infrastructure planning and investment with government’s 2030 goals. The new framework includes a refocused NT infrastructure strategy and plan and the addition of an infrastructure pipeline and regular infrastructure audit.

The Hon Eva Lawler, Minister for Territory Development, and Louise McCormick, the NT Infrastructure Commissioner, released the new Northern Territory infrastructure strategy 2022 to 2030 and the infrastructure plan and pipeline in June 2022.

The framework, strategy, and plan and Pipeline have been informed by consultation with government agencies at federal, Territory and local levels, regional and Aboriginal land councils and industry representative groups.

The new framework provides a clear direction and whole-of-government leadership for project planning, development and delivery that analyses, prioritises and supports well informed, evidence based government infrastructure investment.

The NT infrastructure strategy 2022 to 2030 articulates a vision for Infrastructure investment that enables growth of the Territory economy and population and supports the wellbeing and quality of life for all Territorians, underpinned by sustainability and resilience.

The strategy identifies 3 key elements that will influence our ability to achieve the government’s vision - the industry sectors that will grow our economy, and subsequently our population, the enabling infrastructure ecosystems to support this growth and 4 cross cutting infrastructure investment objectives:

  • invest in the right infrastructure, in the right place, at the right time
  • support increased growth, productivity and innovation
  • improve liveability
  • embed sustainability and resilience.

The strategy provides the foundation for the plan and pipeline.

The NT infrastructure plan and pipeline 2022 provides a detailed roadmap to the investments that will enact government’s vision of a sustainable and diverse $40 billion economy by 2030. The focus is on a place-based approach, which was strongly supported through the consultation feedback. The plan and pipeline identifies projects, programs and proposals that will address challenges and capture opportunities in each of the regions throughout the Territory from a nationally significant perspective, Territory-wide view and from within the 6 distinct regions.

The new plan and pipeline differentiates between anticipated investment that will occur in the next 5 years that will impact the Territory’s economy (investment portfolio), unfunded proposals that are in the planning phase or have been identified as enabling an outcome (enabling infrastructure plan) and funded projects that will be delivered in the short term (infrastructure pipeline).

The new NT infrastructure audit will be completed in 2 phases. Phase 1 comprised a desktop study of existing material.

Phase 2 of the audit will provide a gap analysis of existing baseline infrastructure and service level standards, identify reforms to harness opportunity and address challenges in the mid-term to 2030 and the longer term to 2050.

This is the first edition of the new infrastructure plan and pipeline, and this work will further evolve. Improvements will continue to be made with each ongoing, annual release of the infrastructure plan and pipeline.

Read the new infrastructure framework suite documents:

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