Download the Full Report Here
ACT's 2010 Infrastructure Report has been released. To download the full report please click on the links below:
- ACT Infrastructure Report Card 2010 (PDF 9MB)
- Part 1: Contents, Communique, Overview (PDF 3MB)
- Part 2: Transport (PDF 2MB)
- Part 3: Water (PDF 3MB)
- Part 4: Energy (PDF 2MB)
- Part 5: Telecommunications (PDF 557KB)
Part 6: Appendices (PDF 630KB)
A Ratings Summary is available below.
Updated Report Card on the ACT's Infrastructure
The release today of the Engineers Australia 2010 Australian Capital Territory Infrastructure report Card indicates that while the ACT has benefitted from high quality infrastructure that existed prior to self government, much of that infrastructure is reaching the end of its life or is reaching its capacity.
What is the Infrastructure Report Card Project?
The 2010 Infrastructure Report Cards Project is a major initiative of Engineers Australia which aims to advance the quality and provision of infrastructure across the nation, with subsequent benefits to Australia’s economy, communities and the environment. The project’s output consists of Report Cards for all Australian States and Territories.
For more information about how the Report Cards are developed, please view our Frequently Asked Questions
Report cards for all States and Territories are scheduled to be progressively released through to September.
The table below show the ratings summary. To download this summary in PDF format please click here
|This rating recognises that while improvements in road infrastructure have occurred, road usage has increased at a faster rate. More work is needed to manage demand. Without this, sustainable transport outcomes cannot be achieved.|
|Rail||F||This rating recognises that there is a lack of definition on the rationale and future of rail – heavy rail, light rail and high speed rail services – in the ACT and the existing infrastructure, including its connections into the NSW system, is inadequate for competitive passenger and freight services.|
|Airports||B-||This rating recognises that the capacity and quality of the airport has improved as there has been significant development, much of which is not related to the core purpose of the airport. However, there is a range of matters that remain to be addressed, notably operations during fog, and land planning issues.|
|Potable Water||B-||This rating recognises the good quality of the water reticulation system, and that significant planning has occurred resulting in several major water security projects being initiated. The rating also recognises the advances made in water demand management. However, given the uncertainty of rainfall and the ACT’s growing population, further augmentation to water supply and improved demand reduction measures may be required to prevent water shortages in the medium to long-term.|
|Wastewater||C+||This rating recognises that there has been a decline in the network’s performance and lack of progress towards achieving the ACT Government’s target of 20% reuse of wastewater by 2013. There has also been a decline in effluent discharge quality from the treatment plant, however, a program of works is addressing this.|
|Stormwater||C+||This rating recognises the increased attention given to stormwater use and water quality improvement and the increased allocation of funding for stormwater upgrades. However, this is offset by the fact that there still remains inadequate funding for maintenance and upgrades of stormwater systems to meet current standards of drainage and flood protection, particularly in the older areas of Canberra. It is also of concern that the current service standards for stormwater assets, as specified by Roads ACT, indicate that the target service standards are not being met. There is a need to establish a more rigorous asset management approach to the maintenance of stormwater assets, based on asset life and condition assessment.|
|Electricity||B+||This rating recognises that there has been an improvement in the security of supply and infrastructure asset management. However, continual funding for maintenance and renewals is essential to prevent bulk obsolescence of infrastructure over the next decade. More work needs to be done in encouraging an economic, locally generated, sustainable energy supply.|
|Gas||A-||This rating recognises the high quality of the relatively young gas network and significant improvements in the security of supply. However, the ACT’s gas supply is still vulnerable to loss of supply due to upstream disruptions.|
|Telecommunications||B-||This rating recognises that there has been improvement in mobile and broadband infrastructure, but there are still a number of blackspots where services are inadequate.|