Thank you to everyone who has completed our survey on the objectives for the 30-year infrastructure strategy update. The survey is now closed.
Feedback we received will be used to help shape the objectives for the 30-year strategy update.
Objectives for 30-year infrastructure strategy update
Victoria’s population is expected to grow from approximately 6.0 million in 2016 to approximately 9.5 million in 2046. There will be proportionally more elderly Victorians, households will get smaller and the majority of growth will be centred in cities, particularly Melbourne. Having the right infrastructure in place will be critical for accommodating this growth and meeting increased and di ff ering demands for services and housing across Victoria
Making our state a great place to live is about more than just accommodating growth. It is also about Victorians being and feeling healthy, safe and part of the community. All of these factors can be
influenced by the quality, design and accessibility of infrastructure and services.
People who face socio-economic and other forms of disadvantage may have less ability to participate in society and access resources. In Victoria, disadvantage is concentrated in certain areas and experienced most acutely by certain cohorts. Infrastructure can help provide better access to employment and educational opportunities and social services and activities for disadvantaged Victorians.
Participation in the workforce benefits both individuals and the wider economy. Over the coming decades, Victoria’s workforce participation rate is expected to decline, largely due to the ageing of the population. It is unlikely this decline can be reversed entirely, but infrastructure can play a role in connecting people to jobs and supporting a healthy, educated workforce.
Productivity growth is critical to improving living standards in the long term, particularly in the context of declining workforce participation. Productivity growth in Victoria has been relatively subdued since the turn of the century. Infrastructure can make a major contribution to lifting Victoria’s productivity by enabling more efficient business activity, supporting innovation and skills development, and promoting workforce health and wellbeing.
Victoria’s economy is undergoing structural changes with the shift from manufacturing to service and knowledge-based industries. Victoria is also increasingly integrated into the global economy and is well positioned to take advantage of strong growth in Asia. Infrastructure will play a critical role in making the most of opportunities in the region by supporting future changes to the structure of the economy.
Two centuries of economic growth have put pressure on the state’s natural resources – resources that are critical for the success of Victoria’s society and economy. Today, however, policy choices and new technologies enable states to pursue economic growth in a more environmentally sustainable manner. Infrastructure is central to this transition, both in terms of reducing the negative impacts of its use and encouraging more efficient and sustainable production and consumption.
Victoria has a wealth of diverse natural environments – encompassing desert, alpine, coastal and forest areas – that have intrinsic value. Population and economic growth, as well as climate change and urbanisation, will place increasing pressure on the environment. Infrastructure has the potential to not only minimise harm to the environment, but also protect and enhance ecological systems.
The changing climate, and actions to slow the rate of change, will have significant impacts on Victoria. Infrastructure plays a key role in helping the state adapt to climate change and facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy. Climate change considerations must be incorporated into infrastructure decision-making to ensure that Victoria is prepared, flexible and resilient.
Unexpected events are likely to disrupt Victoria’s society, economy and environment over the coming decades. These shocks could be anything from natural disasters, pandemics, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) disruptions, global economic crises and terrorism, to more minor but more frequent disruptions to transport networks. The state’s vulnerability to these shocks will be partly determined by the resilience and adaptability of