THE NEXT GENERATION:
UTILITIES & SERVCIES FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE AUSTRALIA
The Next-Generation: Utilities and Services for a More Sustainable Australia
The efficiency and the effectiveness of Australia’s utility and mobility infrastructure will be critical to the resilience of our communities and the natural environment, the liveability of our cities, and the productivity of our national economy.
Open Cities Alliance is calling on the Federal Government to implement policy reforms and targets for the nation-wide development of Next-Gen utility and mobility infrastructure, and transition to a circular economy.
THESE REFORMS WILL:
Promote the development of a circular economy that will create jobs and increase productivity by minimising waste, reducing environmental impacts and freeing up investment and resources.
Develop localised infrastructure and services to assist governments in meeting and exceeding current carbon and job targets.
Foster the development of Next-Gen energy, ICT, mobility, waste and water infrastructure and services to encourage participation in these markets, driving jobs, and productivity.
Promote Next-Gen mobility, including shared mobility, mobility-as-a-service, AVs and EVs, to generate more affordable transport options, tackle congestion, improve air quality, create safer streets, and address affordability.
Initiate federal and state government projects to research, adjust and remove regulation, and focus on the essential and inevitable transition to new infrastructure and services that will create jobs and investment into the future.
1. Make Australia a circular economy world leader by 2030 with a dedicated national strategy.
2. Establish a dedicated unit in Treasury to provide research and leadership on Australia’s transition to a Circular Economy to drive productivity and create jobs.
3. Infrastructure Australia (IA) consider opportunities to fully leverage the potential of Next-Gen utilities/ mobility and services through the development of the Australian
Infrastructure Plan and in response to those opportunities and challenges identified in the Infrastructure Audit.
4. Appoint a Prosumer Commissioner to champion prosumer rights across Government and implement a prosumer framework for individuals and businesses.
5. Resource the Productivity Commission to investigate the productivity opportunities from the implementation of a circular economy with a focus on Next-Gen infrastructure and services.
REDUCING COSTS, INCREASING RELIABILITY AND BUILDING RESILIENCE
6. Commit to staged targets that support reduced emissions in energy, water, waste, and transport sectors to provide certainty to business and drive innovation.
7. Establish a Heat Island Mitigation Unit in Prime Minister and Cabinet to develop and implement a Cool Communities Strategy to work across government to help reduce
temperatures in classrooms, buildings, and communities.
REALISING THE BENEFITS OF NEXT-GEN INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES
8. Leverage federal investment in infrastructure and through City Deals to incentivise the delivery of next-generation utilities and services.
9. Expand the scope of the Electric Vehicle Strategy to include integrated mobility and energy demand modelling.