What we are already doing
The Government has an ambitious infrastructure agenda. The 10-year $120 billion Infrastructure Investment Program provides transformational, nationally significant land infrastructure projects.
The Government recognises that critical minerals will be a key part of Northern Australia’s new economy. The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) ensures the Government can continue investing in projects that benefit Northern Australia and the nation while boosting employment opportunities. The Northern Australia Indigenous Reference Group plays a key advisory role and has identified priorities to help First Nations businesses and communities prosper in Northern Australia.
The Net Zero Authority will be responsible for promoting the orderly and positive economic transformation associated with achieving net zero emissions. The authority will work with state, territory and local governments, existing regional bodies, unions, the industry, investors and First Nations groups. It will help key regions, industries, employers and others proactively manage the transformation to a clean energy economy.
National Cabinet affirmed through its National Transformation Principles that capturing the benefits of the energy transition, with a focus on supporting regional pathways, is a shared responsibility. It committed to work in genuine partnerships with industry and other stakeholders and maximise opportunities to encourage innovation and support emerging industry needs.
The Government has also committed to working with regional communities in a joined-up and collaborative way. The Regional Investment Framework outlines our approach to ensuring investments across our regions respond to local priorities, build on regions’ strengths and are targeted to where they are needed most. As part of implementing the Regional Investment Framework, the Government is working with local, state and territory governments to better coordinate and target our efforts to deliver better outcomes for regions.
What we will do
Infrastructure investment in the critical minerals sector requires planning to avoid crowding out private investment. During consultation, industry advised they want to work with the Government to identify and support enabling infrastructure that will develop or expand industrial hubs and unlock investment at scale.
The Government will consider its role in stimulating the private sector to deliver infrastructure, compared with direct infrastructure funding, ownership and provision. The Government will review the Infrastructure Investment Program to ensure the infrastructure investment pipeline is properly functioning and we will continue exploring these options to ensure important project ideas are identified and explored. This includes working with financing agencies, state and territory governments and other Australian Government agencies.
- Work with the industry, the community and state and territory governments to identify and consider infrastructure projects that could unlock large-scale investment and growth for the sector.
- Encourage industrial clusters or hubs where reusing the inputs and outputs of industrial processes could lower costs and make projects globally competitive.
- Facilitate appropriate consideration of critical minerals enabling infrastructure proposals through Government investment frameworks and advisory bodies, including: