A Stronger Tomorrow - Online Submission Form

Closes 21 Aug 2020

Section 1: Introduction

Take your mind back for a moment to the year 2000. Smart phones were not widely used. The so-called Y2K bug was still fresh in everyone’s mind. China was an emerging superpower, but the millennium mining boom had not begun. Western Australia’s population sat at just over 1.8 million people. The Mandurah rail line did not exist. The Graham Farmer Freeway had just opened. We relied on paper maps to find our way around. Access to the internet was through a dial-up service. And Perth’s median house price was under $200,000.

So much has changed over just the past two decades and, no doubt, the next 20 years will bring even more change.

The ability to adequately meet our infrastructure and service needs is expected to become more challenging over time, as demands for infrastructure increase in a context of limited public funding capacity. Being strategic about how we plan, deliver and manage infrastructure will enable us to better prepare for the future and capitalise on the opportunities in a more cost-effective manner. It is also necessary to consider how we maximise the use of existing infrastructure through better maintenance or improved capacity and performance. 

The State Infrastructure Strategy will provide recommendations to address Western Australia’s strategic infrastructure needs for the next 20 years.

More about the State Infrastructure Strategy

The Strategy will address the key infrastructure pressures and trends facing Western Australia over the next 20 years and beyond. It will apply a broad definition of infrastructure – incorporating fixed capital and asset networks and facilities that provide and enable services across a wide range of economic, social and environmental realms. A broad definition of infrastructure supports a whole-of-system and service view, which will help us to identify common themes and interdependencies across different categories and types of infrastructure. The Strategy will focus not only on new infrastructure projects and programs, but also non-build solutions and issues regarding policy, regulatory, pricing, technology, procurement, skills and governance.

3. What elements should a well-developed 20‑year Strategy include?