Building Australia Fund Evaluation Criteria

by reviewing current planning and development approvals processes in all Australian jurisdictions.

Key points

The report looks at current Australia-wide approval processes for major infrastructure projects and finds three key problems:

  1. fragmented processes that contain disparate approvals with differing objectives at all levels of government
  2. multiple layers of approval and decision-making that operate both between and within levels of government
  3. a lack of strategic planning.

The report proposes:

  • a consolidated process and approval framework
  • reduction of layers of environmental and planning approvals by integrating agreed local government and Commonwealth assessment and approval functions.


  • Building Australia's Future — A Review of Approval Processes for Major Infrastructure, June 2009 PDF: 2769 KB ReadSpeaker