Learning from the 10 Point Commitment to the Construction Sector
The New South Wales Government established the NSW Government Action Plan: A ten‑point commitment to the construction sector in 2018 as a foundation to strengthen the relationship between the government and private sector to drive better project outcomes. The Action Plan was developed through the Construction Leadership Group, a group of leading public sector capital entities, working together to address challenges across government in the development, procurement, and delivery of infrastructure and building projects. Infrastructure NSW leads the implementation of the Action Plan, tracking data on performance against commitments across projects with a capital value of over A$50 million. This data is used to draw lessons on improvements, and drive further improvement.
In Canada there is a similarly ambitious program of infrastructure investment. Across projects of all types there are common challenges, and innovative approaches to solving those challenges. Most of those challenges are experienced every day around the world and progress has been stymied by the often a system that nurtures a transactional, project-to-project approach within the sector. NSW provides a template to help transform the fundamentals of the relationship into more of a partnership across government with the private sector.
Below are the major lessons taken away from the conversation.