2012 State Infrastructure Strategy: First things first

In September 2012, Infrastructure NSW completed one of its principal tasks under the Infrastructure NSW Act 2011, delivering to the NSW Premier its 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy.

The Strategy, titled ‘First Things First’, was Infrastructure NSW’s advice to the NSW Government to help guide future infrastructure investment. It was the first time a prioritised and costed long-term strategy had been developed for the Government’s consideration.

In developing the Strategy, Infrastructure NSW assessed the current state of infrastructure in NSW and the needs and strategic priorities for infrastructure for the next 20 years. The Strategy covered urban and regional projects and reforms across transport, freight, aviation, energy, water, health, education and social infrastructure. Interactive and pdf versions of the full document are available at the bottom of this page.

After consideration of Infrastructure NSW’s advice, in December 2012 the Government released its own 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy, in which it supported or noted 63 of Infrastructure NSW’s 70 recommendations for projects and reforms. These recommendations were aimed at addressing key infrastructure priorities around urban roads, bus and light rail, passenger trains, international gateways, regional and interstate transport, water, education and justice. 

The Government's State Infrastructure Strategy is implemented through annual Five Year Infrastructure Plans which identify specific major infrastructure projects to be undertaken as a priority. Infrastructure NSW delivered the first Five Year State Infrastructure Plan in May 2013, and it was published in the NSW Government 2013-14 Budget Papers (Paper Number 4).

2012 State Infrastructure Strategy: First things first

Released 3 October 2012

The full document is available in interactive or print-optimised PDF formats; it is also available by sections in PDF format.

View the strategy in full

Interactive PDF of full report (PDF, 22Mb)

PDF of full report (PDF, 15Mb - Suitable for printing and iPads)

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View the strategy by section

Chairman's foreword, CEO's statement, Executive summary and Principal recommendations (PDF, 470Kb)

The context

1. Strategic framework (PDF, 581Kb)

2. Infrastructure challenges (PDF, 388Kb)

3. Global Sydney (PDF, 546Kb)

4. Greater Sydney (PDF, 3.7Mb)

5. Regional NSW (PDF, 542Kb)

The solution

6. Urban roads (PDF, 1.1Mb)

7. Bus and light rail in Sydney (PDF, 949Kb)

8. Passenger trains (PDF, 1.2Mb)

9. International gateways (PDF, 1.2Mb)

10. Regional and interstate transport (PDF, 4.1Mb)

11. Energy (PDF, 398Kb)

12. Water infrastructure (PDF, 402Kb)

13. Health infrastructure (PDF, 641Kb)

14. Social Infrastructure (PDF, 507Kb)

15. Recommendations (PDF, 233Kb)

16. Funding and delivery (PDF, 285Kb)

Expert reports (PDF, 188Kb)

Note: For screen readers and other assistive technologies, this document contains several diagrams and graphics that do not have complete alternative text descriptions. These will be added where appropriate as soon as possible. Please contact INSW for assistance if required.

Related documents

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WestConnex - Sydney's Next Motorway Priority (September 2012) (PDF, 1.8Mb)

Media release: Overview (PDF, 228Kb)

Media release: Regional (PDF, 230Kb)

Media release: WestConnex (PDF, 276Kb)

Media release: Port Botany pinchpoints (PDF, 257Kb)

Media release: Rail (PDF, 267Kb)

Media release: Bus and Light Rail (PDF, 268Kb)

Media release: Hawkesbury Nepean (PDF, 214Kb)

Media release: Western Sydney (PDF, 279Kb)

Media release: Hunter (PDF, 227Kb)

Media release: Illawarra (PDF, 163Kb)

Media release: Central Coast (PDF, 211Kb)

Media release: Northern Beaches (PDF, 213Kb)

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