Business Monitor International

Australia Infrastructure Report

Published 01 September 2014

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Australia Infrastructure Report

BMI View:   Data from Q114 shows that Australia's construction sector is in a state of recovery. We believe this recovery will continue, albeit at a more gradual pace, in 2014 and 2015. Our view is underpinned by the accommodative monetary conditions for construction, a sustained recovery in homebuilding activity and the potential for greater construction activity among the private and public sectors.

Key Trends And D evelopments

  • In July 2014, both houses of parliament in Australia voted in favour of repealing its carbon tax legislation. First passed in 2011 and implemented in July 2012, the Clean Energy Bill required around 500 of Australia's largest industrial polluters to initially pay AUD23 (USD21.6) per tonne of carbon dioxide emitted (/tCO2), with the price of carbon to increase by AUD2/tCO2 per year till 2015. After 2015, this carbon tax scheme was to evolve into a cap-and-trade system akin to Europe's Emission Trading System (ETS), and be linked to the European ETS market.

  • In July 2014, South Korean contractor POSCO was appointed by Indian company Adani to construct a 388km rail line, which is required to inaugurate the Galillee Basin coalfield in Queensland, Australia. The rail link will have the capacity to haul 60mn tonnes of coal per year. POSCO will acquire an equity stake to assist the mining company in financing the development of the non-electrified line. Adani was originally scheduled to commence the project in 2014, but ongoing delays in securing state government approval for the project means that the project work is now expected to start in early 2015. These delays have prompting Adani to issue a warning to the Queensland government that it may scrap its proposed coal terminal at Abbot Point if dredging of the sea bed cannot be completed in 2015. The Carmichael coal mine and the rail project is estimated to have an operating life of around 90 years.

  • In June 2014, the Northwest Rapid Transit Consortium was announced as the...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
Infrastructure SWOT
Industry Forecast
Construction And Infrastructure Forecast Scenario
Table: Construction And Infrastructure Industry Data (Australia 2012-2017)
Table: Construction And Infrastructure Industry Data (Australia 2018-2023)
Transport Infrastructure - Outlook And Overview
Table: Transport Infrastructure Industry Data (Australia 2012-2017)
Table: Transport Infrastructure Industry Data (Australia 2018-2023)
Table: Competitiveness Of Australia's Infrastructure
Table: Liberal-National Coalition Proposed Federal Funding Plans For Transport Infrastructure, By Year, By State, AUDmn
Major Projects Table - Transport
Table: Major Projects Table - Transport
Energy And Utilities Infrastructure - Outlook And Overview
Table: Energy And Utilities Infrastructure Data (Australia 2012-2017)
Table: Energy And Utilities Infrastructure Data (Australia 2018-2023)
Major Projects - Energy & Utilities
Table: Major Projects - Energy & Utilities
Residential/Non-Residential Building - Outlook And Overview
Table: Residential and Non-Residential Building Industry Data (Australia 2012-2017)
Table: Residential and Non-Residential Building Industry Data (Australia 2018-2023)
Major Projects Table - Residential/Non-Residential Construction
Table: Major Projects - Residential/Non-Residential Construction and Social Infrastructure
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Australia - Infrastructure Risk/Reward Ratings
Asia Pacific - Infrastructure Risk/Reward Ratings
Developed Markets: Favoured
Giants Of Asia: Rewards Sizeable, Risks Sizeable
South East Asia: Political Risks Rises
Table: Asia Pacific Infrastructure Risk Reward Ratings
Market Overview
Competitive Landscape
Table: EQS Industry Data
Company Profile
Leighton Holdings
Global Infrastructure Overview
Middle East/North Africa Presents Strongest Investment Profile
Industry Forecast Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Risk/Reward Rating Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Table: Infrastructure Risk/Reward Rating Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Australia Infrastructure Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s market assessment and forecasts covering public procurement and spending on all major infrastructure and construction projects, including transportation and logistics by land, sea and air; power plants and utilities, and commercial construction and property development. The report analyses the impact of regulatory changes and the macroeconomic outlook and features competitive intelligence on contractors and suppliers.

BMI's Australia Infrastructure Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Australian infrastructure and construction industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent infrastructure industry forecasts for Australia to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the Australian infrastructure market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Australian infrastructure sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Australia.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering infrastructure and construction, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant multinational and national company developments.

These are broken down into Construction (social, commercial and residential), Transport (roads, railways, ports, airports etc), and Energy & Utilities (powerplants, renewable projects, pipelines and so on).

Industry Trends

Analysis of latest projects across the infrastructure sector (covering the transport, utilities and commercial construction sub-sectors) - including:

Market Overview:Analysis of the key elements driving developments, including evaluations of current capacity and future requirements.

Building Materials Overview

The building materials overview provides industry trend analysis on the global and regional demands for building materials and the impact of this on the emerging and developed markets.

Business Environment Rankings

BMI's Infrastructure Business Environment Rankings provide a country-comparative Risk-Reward Rankings index aimed at investors (construction companies, suppliers and partners) in the regional infrastructure market.

The rankings methodology makes sophisticated use of over 40 industry, economic and demographic data point.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the infrastructure and construction sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry & Economic Forecasts

Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry and economic indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key risks to the main forecast. Indicators include:

Construction: Industry value (US$bn); contribution to GDP (%); employment (`000); real growth (%).

Infrastructure: Value (US$bn); contribution to construction industry (%); real growth (%) of transport infrastructure (broken down by railways, airports, roads and bridges, ports and harbours) and energy and utilities (broken down by power plants and transmission grids, oil and gas pipelines, and water infrastructure).

Economy: Economic growth (%); nominal GDP (US$bn); unemployment (%); interest rates (%); exchange rate (against US$).

Company Profiles

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI's industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

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'An essential, multi-faceted research tool. BMI’s thorough understanding of the major market players enables an informed – and informative – review of the sector’s actual performance, together with useful insights into current industry issues, which are topped-off with detailed and invaluable forecasts of industry and macroeconomic trends.’

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