Logo of INSW
|Formed||1 July 2011|
|Jurisdiction||New South Wales|
|Parent department||Department of Premier and Cabinet|
Infrastructure NSW is an agency of the Government of New South Wales that provides independent advice to assist the NSW Government in identifying and prioritising the delivery of critical public infrastructure across the Australian state of New South Wales for economic and social wellbeing.
The independent agency, established under the Infrastructure NSW Act 2011, was set up in July 2011 to plan and oversee a wide-ranging upgrade of the state's infrastructure. One of Infrastructure NSW's first major tasks was to deliver a 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy, which was delivered in September 2012. Other initial priorities for the body were the redevelopment of Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, planning of WestConnex and traffic management around Sydney Airport and Port Botany.
In May 2011, O'Farrell appointed former Liberal Premier Nick Greiner as chairman and in June, economist and ex-Sydney Water boss Paul Broad was appointed as the chief executive officer, on a reported salary of up to A$500,000.
On 23 May 2013, both Greiner and Broad quit their respective roles at Infrastructure NSW over repeated disputes with the O'Farrell government. The former head of the Australian Business Council Graham Bradley was appointed as the new chairman and former Victorian Secretary of Victorian Department of Transport Jim Betts became interim CEO, and was later appointed permanently.
On 25 November 2014, Infrastructure NSW published the State Infrastructure Strategy Update 2014, which made 30 investment recommendations on the next round of critical infrastructure for NSW. Infrastructure NSW provides 30 recommendations to Government The NSW Government fully adopted the recommendations proposed by Infrastructure NSW for its State Infrastructure Strategy, which includes a $20 billion infrastructure program.
On 5 November 2015, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced Projects NSW – a specialist unit within Infrastructure NSW to manage the procurement and delivery of the state’s infrastructure priorities. Minister Constance: Making it happen with Projects NSW
The Board of Infrastructure NSW contains a total of ten members, including the chief executive officer, Chairman, five private sector members and three senior NSW public servants:
- Graham Bradley AM, Chairman
- Jim Betts, Chief Executive Officer
- Roger Fletcher
- Dieter Adamsas
- Arlene Tansey
- Max Moore-Wilton AC
- Rod Pearse OAM
- Blair Comley, Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet
- Carolyn McNally, Secretary, Department of Planning and Environment
- Rob Whitfield, Secretary, New South Wales Treasury
- Aston, Heath (5 March 2013). "O'Farrell taps telco boss to run infrastructure". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
- "Infrastructure NSW Chairman Nick Greiner looking to build trust with private sector". The Australian.
- Clennell, Andrew (5 March 2013). "Infrastructure NSW boss Paul Broad and Transport for NSW chief Les Wielinga go to war over our roads". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
- Clennell, Andrew (23 May 2013). "Paul Broad and Nick Greiner quit Infrastructure NSW". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
- Wood, Alicia (27 May 2013). "New boss of INSW Graham Bradley to toe the line". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 June 2013.