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NSW Government Nation Building and Jobs Plan (State Infrastructure Delivery) Bill 2009

March 2009

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On 4 March 2009, the Nation Building and Jobs Plan (State Infrastructure Delivery) Bill 2009, was introduced for a second reading in the NSW parliament. The object of this Bill is to ensure the timely delivery in NSW of infrastructure projects funded by the Commonwealth under the Nation Building and Jobs Plan. This is necessary in order to meet the condition in the February 2009 COAG agreement which stipulates States will forfeit Commonwealth funding if they do not deliver projects on time.

A key aspect of the Bill is the establishment of an Infrastructure Co-ordinator General who will have broad ranging powers to direct and manage infrastructure projects funded by the Commonwealth under the Nation Building and Jobs Plan.

Overview of the Bill

(a) establishes a NSW Infrastructure Co-ordinator General who will be responsible for planning and implementing the timely delivery of the infrastructure projects (Part 2), and

(b) establishes an advisory Taskforce consisting of government and private sector representatives (Part 2), and

(c) requires State government agencies to co-operate with the Co-ordinator General in relation to infrastructure projects (Part 3), and

(d) provides for the Co-ordinator General to take over the delivery of infrastructure projects on behalf of State government agencies (Part4), and

(e) enables the Co-ordinator General to streamline the planning and other approval processes for infrastructure projects.

Key Aspects of the Bill

A full copy of the Bill can be found by clicking here.

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