Chair's newsletter—may 2018

Good afternoon,

Today I wish to share with you that Infrastructure Australia Chief Executive Philip Davies has decided not to renew his contract and will be departing our organisation at the end of August. 

Under Philip's stewardship, Infrastructure Australia has become a trusted advisor to governments, industry and business leaders around the country, with a strong policy voice and widely recognised mandate to lead reform.

I would like to formally thank Philip for his leadership over the last three years and his commitment to delivering better infrastructure outcomes for the Australian community.

Philip has made an indelible mark on infrastructure policy as the CEO who delivered the inaugural Australian Infrastructure Audit and Australian Infrastructure Plan. These documents have set the standard for infrastructure planning and analysis. He has also been a leading voice for infrastructure reform who has lifted the standard of debate on this critical subject.

He has built an organisation that is deeply respected in the Australian community for providing independent, evidence-based advice on the projects and reforms that are in our national interest.

We have commenced recruitment for the Chief Executive position, and will provide further information about interim arrangements soon. 

The future is bright for Infrastructure Australia, with continuing releases of our Reform Series policy work, development of the Urban Reform Agenda, continued development of the Assessment Framework, and our building better business cases program.

We will also be focusing on the development of the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit. The Audit will provide a nationally consistent evidence base across all infrastructure sectors to guide the next phase of Australia's infrastructure investment and be the key input into the next Australian Infrastructure Plan.

I am also pleased to announce Peter Colacino has been appointed as Infrastructure Australia's Executive Director of Policy and Research, and will commence on 2 July 2018.

Peter is currently the Executive General Manager of Corporate Affairs at NRMA and has extensive public and private sector experience.

We are delighted to welcome Peter and the wealth of experience he brings to this role.

As we farewell Philip, and welcome Peter, we remain focused on delivering better infrastructure outcomes for all Australians.

Julieanne Alroe
Chair, Infrastructure Australia