CCF National Updates – August 2021
[Members Newsletter 2021 Aug]
Australian Infrastructure Plan
The Civil Contractors Federation has welcomed Infrastructure Australia’s ‘Australian Infrastructure Plan’ which was publicly released this week.
The Australian Infrastructure Plan serves as a reform roadmap that helps to guide government decision making at the federal, state and territory levels.
CCF National provided significant input to the Plan across a number of areas, including
- improved planning and risk management
- streamlining and reforming the tendering process
- greater consideration of more collaborative procurement models
- more appropriate contractual risk allocation
- a greater focus on skills and training
CCF National Chief Executive Officer Chris Melham said “the Australian Infrastructure Plan provides a comprehensive set of recommendations designed to maximise the benefits of the Federal Government’s $110 billion Infrastructure Program, as well as the infrastructure investment programs being delivered at the state and territory level.
“I welcome the positive reforms set out in the Plan aimed at strengthening the infrastructure sector and building its capacity.”
A summary of the Australian Infrastructure Plan is available here.
To download CCF National’s press release, click here.
Federal Inquiry into Procurement Practices for Government Funded Infrastructure
In last month’s edition of National Dispatch, we advised that CCF National had put forward a comprehensive submission to a federal parliamentary inquiry into the procurement of federal government funded infrastructure.
We are pleased to advise that the CCF National submission is now publicly available and can be downloaded here.
The inquiry is being held after extensive lobbying by CCF National on the need to improve infrastructure procurement practices and is timely in light of the Federal Government’s $110 billion 10 year rolling infrastructure investment program and the recent announcement of an additional $15.2 billion towards infrastructure in the 2021-2022 budget.
CCF National’s recent report ‘Rebuilding Australia, A Plan for a Civil Infrastructure Led Recovery’, identified procurement reform as a key priority for government and supports many of the CCF’s recommendations.
Government Reviews – WHS Accreditation Scheme and Economic Opportunities for Indigenous Australians
CCF National CEO Chris Melham has been invited to sit on two Federal Government Advisory Panels and Boards on behalf of the civil construction industry, those being – A National Roadmap for Indigenous Skills, Jobs and Wealth Creation – and the Office of Federal Safety Commissioner Review into the WHS Accreditation Scheme Review.
Chris looks forward to reaching out to CCF members on both reviews to ensure the industry’s views and recommendations are captured and put forward to Government.
Civil Contractors Federation National is proud to have PSC Insurance Brokers as its official insurance partner. For more information on the range of insurance products provided by PSC Insurance Brokers to CCF members, click here (https://ccfinsurance.com.au/).