CCF National Advocacy Update
Civil Contractors Federation National continues to step up its advocacy campaign to the Federal Government for a civil infrastructure led economic recovery, and for urgent reforms to the skills agenda, conducting a series of interviews with Sky News over the past week. To view these stories and interviews that feature the Civil Contractors Federation please click on the following links:
Interview with Kieren Gilbert, Sky news Chief Political Reporter: https://www.civilcontractors.com/media-mention-sky-news-2/
Sky News Story featuring Civil Contractors Federation: https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6163254514001
Following CCF’s meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister and the Sky News exposure, the Prime Minister this week announced a further $1.55 billion local government infrastructure stimulus. CCF National’s advocacy efforts to date have resulted in a total amount of Federal forward stimulus of $9.4 billion in the past 8 months.
While the Federal Government commitments are welcomed, and largely targeted at local government stimulus, CCF National claims it is not enough. We will continue to advocate for more immediate Federal investment that is needed to make a real difference to a ‘civil infrastructure led economic recovery’ continuing to call for:
- reallocating $60 billion of the surplus social infrastructure stimulus to civil infrastructure stimulus; and
- borrowing monies whilst interest rates are at historically low interest rates to secure the next 10-15 year infrastructure investment pipeline.
- – bringing forward expenditure from its $100 billion 10 year rolling infrastructure investment program;
The Prime Minister also announced that governments will work together to streamline assessment and approval processes for major infrastructure projects, agreeing to a recommendation submitted by CCF to the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting in June.
CCF National will continue to advocate for ‘disaggregation’ of large projects to enable and encourage participation from mid-tier contractors. This is relevant to the 15 ‘mega projects’ totalling $77 billion that are being expedited by Federal, State and Territory governments under the PM’s announcement this week.
In addition, we will also continue our push (as per the Sky News stories) for reforms to the Australian Government apprenticeship incentive program to ensure that trainees, Civil Train and employers are able to access the various subsidies on offer so we can attract new entrants and up-skill current industry personnel.