RA's Capacity stream is focussed on ways to build long-term industry capacity and capability, as well as the efficiency of project procurement and delivery.

We do this by:

  • promoting innovation and excellence in infrastructure delivery and management;
  • collaborating with industry and government to promote and build workforce skills and capabilities;
  • bringing key stakeholders together to identify better ways to manage the relocation of utilities; and
  • promoting greater visibility of the national pipeline to provide confidence in future work flows and encourage investment in capability.

Our Capacity policy activites and events are underpinned by our onngoing support for workplace diversity and inclusion.


Key actions for 2020/21

  • Develop and publish a Procurement Reform Strategy Report and support governments with the execution of the strategy.
  • Work with other industry bodies to survey and identify industry-wide capacity and capability challenges.
  • Facilitiate ongoing discussions with key stakeholders on improved approaches to utilities management on major projects, including the management and allocation of the associated risk.


Recent activities

  • Made a submission to the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business on the Skilled Migration Occupation Lists.
  • Hosted a procurement reform workshop to identify challenges and opportunities across a range of issues, including visibility of the pipeline, commercial and contractual risk, industry capacity and capability, the design process, and culture and inclusion.
  • Made a submission to the Transport Infrastructure Council on COVID-19 – Challenges and Opportunities for the Transport and Infrastructure Sector, highlighting procurement reform.  
  • Hosted a webinar with agency and industry leaders - keeping projects moving in the age of COVID-19 – focused on how industry can maintain productivity by managing its re-deployed workforce and exploiting digital technology.
  • Surveyed our members on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of delivering current and future projects. We subsequently used the results in our discussions with governments to support the case for accelerated investment in 'shovel-ready' projects and secure commitments to longer-term project pipelines. Find out about the survey results for March and April 2020.



Policy Stream Chair
Scott Olsen - CEO, Fredon


Deputy Chair
Kay Salvair Smith - Partner,
MinterEllison Consulting



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