Business Monitor International

Australia Infrastructure Report

Published 05 November 2014

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Australia Infrastructure Report

BMI View:  We do not expect Australia's construction sector to grow at the same pace in 2015 as in H114 . Our view is underpinned by the poor macroeconomic fundamentals for construction in Australia, the obstacles preventing Australian governments from raising sufficient funds for their infrastructure plans, and the growing lack of competitiveness in Australia's construction sector.  Although we do not expect Australia's construction sector to grow at the same pace in 2015 as in H114, we still expect the sector to grow at a relatively respectable rate. Our view is underpinned by the condu c ive monetary conditions for construction, a sustained recovery in homebuilding activity, and the potential for greater construction activity from the private and public sectors.

Key Trends And D evelopments

  • In September 2014 the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government stated that it will float an invitation for expressions of interest for the 12km Capital Metro light rail project in Canberra, Australia, on October 31. The railway will have 13 stops and will run from Gungahlin to Canberra. Investment in the project is estimated at AUD610mn (USD549mn) and will also require contingency funds worth AUD173mn (USD155.7mn). The public-private partnership project will be carried out under a 20-year build-operate model. The ACT government will not provide financing for the construction phase of the project. Construction work on the metro is expected to start in 2016 and it will start running services by 2020.

  • In September 2014 the Victoria state government signed a AUD5.3bn PPP contract with the East West Connect consortium to develop stage one of the East West Link in Melbourne. The consortium comprises Capella Capital, Lend Lease Engineering, Acciona Infrastructure Australia, Bouygues Travaux Publics, Lend Lease Services, Lend Lease Infrastructure Investments and Bouygues Construction Australia. The 18km road will connect eastern and western Melbourne,...

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)
Table: Australia - Federal Expenditure On Infrastructure, AUDbn
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
Table: Australia - Federal Expenditure On Infrastructure, AUDbn
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 Index
Asia Pacific Infrastructure Index
Developed Markets: Favoured
Giants Of Asia: Rewards Sizeable, Risks Sizeable
South East Asia: Environment Deteriorating Slightly
Table: Asia Pacific Infrastructure Risk Reward Index
Market Overview
Competitive Landscape
Table: EQS Industry Data
Company Profile
Leighton Holdings
Global Infrastructure Overview
Global Industry Overview
Table: Construction Industry Value, Real Terms, % Change
Table: BMI's Top 5 Markets
Industry Forecast Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Table: Infrastructure Risk/Reward Index 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 national and multinational company developments. These are broken down into Construction (social, commercial and residential), Transport (roads, railways, ports, airports etc), and Energy & Utilities (powerplants, pipelines and so on).

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 Forecasts

Historic data series (up to 2012) and forecasts to end-2024 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key developments in the market and risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:

Construction: Industry value (USDbn); contribution to GDP (%); total capital investment (USDbn); real growth (%).

Construction industry real growth forecasts (%) and industry value (USDbn) forecasts for industry sectors are split into Residential and Non-residential and Infrastructure sectors. Where the data is available for particular countries the infrastructure is further broken down into indicators for the transport subsectors of roads, railways, airports and ports and the energy and utilities sub-sectors of power plants and transmission grids, oil & gas pipelines and water infrastructure. This dataset is unique to the market.

The Reports also include analysis of latest projects across the infrastructure sectors (transport, utilities, commercial construction).

BMI’s Infrastructure Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (construction companies, suppliers and partners) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and  demographic data points to provides indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Overview

An assessment of the competitive landscape and key challenges to entering the market. Details of the largest companies active in the sector across the sub-segments of the industry, including the key financial figures from some of the largest players in the sector.

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 Company 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.


The infrastructure Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.

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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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