1 August 2023

CEO appointed to Infrastructure Australia

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Adam Copp

Adam Copp has been appointed CEO of Infrastructure Australia. Photo: IA website.

After a year of acting in the role, Adam Copp has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of Infrastructure Australia (IA).

Infrastructure Minister Catherine King awarded Mr Copp a three-year term heading up the Commonwealth’s independent adviser on nationally significant infrastructure investment.

He has been acting in the role since 1 August last year.

“The appointment of Mr Copp will enhance the critical role IA plays in delivering quality independent advice to the Australian Government on infrastructure that supports the economy, builds the nation, and provides for the future,” Ms King said.

“The appointment of the CEO complements broader work underway to restore IA to its rightful place as an expert advisory body following the independent review of IA commissioned by the Government last year.”

Mr Copp has more than 15 years’ experience in the Australian Government holding a range of policy, strategy and engagement roles across infrastructure, workplace relations and the Council of Australian Governments.

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He was appointed by the IA board after it undertook a publicly advertised and merit-based selection process.

Interim chair Garbrielle Trainor said IA was “very pleased” to have Mr Copp continue to provide strong leadership as the agency’s chief executive in a permanent capacity.

“At a time when the infrastructure sector in Australia is facing significant and complex challenges, Adam’s leadership will ensure Infrastructure Australia is positioned to provide the trusted, rigorous and expert independent advice the Australian Government needs to address these challenges and, in turn, drive better outcomes,” she said.

Headquartered in Sydney and working closely with departmental staff in Canberra, Infrastructure Australia advises governments, industry and the community on the investments and reforms needed to deliver better infrastructure for Australians.

It maintains the Infrastructure Priority List which aims to ensure public funds are directed towards projects that will deliver the best outcomes for growing communities.

Independent analysis identifies infrastructure needs and opportunities.

IA also develops research and advice on the broader opportunities for infrastructure reform, and publishes new and interactive data to support infrastructure decision-making.

IA was established in 2008 and is governed by the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008.

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Let’s hope they actually provide nationally connected infrastructure, rather than pockets of advantage and disadvantage. With luck, there are more people like Rob Sitch and Celia Paquola’s characters in this national infrastructure organisation, than the other disruptive, destructive and useless characters in Utopia.

It’s good to see this appointment and the recognition of the importance of Infrastructure Australia in being able to provide proper independent advice to government on where funds would be most efficiently and fairly allocated to ensure maximum benefit for all Australians.

The more this space is infected with the spivs and pork barrelers pushing their own favourite projects outside of proper rigorous assessment processes, the worse off we will be.

And we don’t have to go far to see what happens when bad decisions are made in this space.

Stephen Saunders5:40 am 02 Aug 23

Mr Capp, good luck with that “independent infrastructure advice”, after the event. Mr Albanese has decided to add another Perth to our population by 2028.

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