Other Government Bodies

(Not Solely Transport Related)

Council of Australian Governments (COAG): http://www.coag.gov.au

COAG is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia. COAG comprises the Prime Minister, State Premiers, Territory Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association.
The role of COAG is to initiate, develop and monitor the implementation of policy reforms that are of national significance and which require cooperative action by Australian Governments.
COAG has 7 working groups. This includes the Infrastructure working group. Its objective is the better coordination of infrastructure planning and investment across governments and the private sector in Australia
Agreements on policy reforms including road and rail freight infrastructure pricing, road and rail safety regulation, performance based standards for innovative heavy vehicles are contained in the outcomes of meetings held by COAG. Information on the COAG meetings is available from the COAG website at http://www.coag.gov.au/coag_meeting_outcomes/archive.cfm


Productivity Commission (PC): http://www.pc.gov.au

The PC undertakes research and provides advice to the Australian Government on a range of economic, social and environment issues affecting Australia. Its core function is to conduct public enquiries on key policy or regulatory issues affecting Australia’s economic performance and community well being. As an advisory body, it seeks to assist governments to make better policies for a more productive economy.

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government provides policy advice and delivers a variety of programs on behalf of the Australian Government.

In addition to its advisory and regulatory functions, the Department has a key policy role in promoting the integration of transport and regional development, promoting safe and secure transport solutions, providing a framework for competition between and within transport modes, promoting a transport system that is accessible, sustainable and environmentally responsible and providing funding for transport infrastructure.


Infrastructure Australia: http://www.infrastructureaustralia.gov.au

Infrastructure Australia is a new national body tasked with developing a blueprint for unlocking infrastructure bottlenecks and modernising Australia’s transport, water, energy and communications assets.

Infrastructure Australia is made up of 11 members consisting of representatives from the private sector, Local Government, the Commonwealth and States and Territories.

Infrastructure Australia will provide advice to Australian Governments about infrastructure gaps and bottle necks that hinder economic growth and prosperity. It will also identify investment priorities and policy and regulatory reforms that will be necessary to enable timely and coordinated delivery of national infrastructure investment.