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The Australian Financial Review National Infrastructure Summit is Australia’s premier forum to discuss the role of infrastructure in powering Australia’s economic growth and sustainable future.

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The premier forum to discuss the role of infrastructure in powering Australia’s economic growth and sustainable future.

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Join The Australian Financial Review Infrastructure Summit for a deep dive into how policymakers are rethinking Australia’s infrastructure priorities and what this means for businesses and investors.  





Dale Alcock says builders in WA “would be crazy to discount in this environment because they don’t need to”.

Rising rates won’t hit home building in WA or Victoria, ABN Group says

Perth’s undersupply of housing relative to demand is so great that prices will keep rising “substantially”, the country’s second-largest home builder says.

  • Michael Bleby
Airport codes aim to ease confusion.

IFM snares $3b deal for European mega-airport

The Australian investment manager shrugs off Europe’s infrastructure blues, teaming up with France’s Vinci to win a Polish tender worth as much as $3 billion.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
Demand for data centres is soaring.

New data centres mean surging power needs

The rush is on build new data centres, but their massive energy requirements are adding to strain on the power grid.

  • Jennifer Hewett

Dexus CEO Darren Steinberg to step down

Darren Steinberg’s exit is the latest departure in a generational change sweeping across the top ranks of the property sector.

  • Nick Lenaghan

Former JPMorgan banker launches $157m AUKUS fund

Technology start-ups in defence are capitalising on heightened geopolitical tensions, and fund managers are jumping in.

  • Matthew Cranston


New road, rail spending slumps as Labor tells premiers to cut back

Just eight new projects valued at $6.6 billion were added in 2022-23, a sharp decline on the 24 projects valued at $25.3 billion added the year prior.

  • Ronald Mizen

This Month

The country’s biggest airport has asked the government to match the terms it is offering at Western Sydney to reduce emissions and noise.

Let us land planes more quietly, efficiently: Sydney Airport

The country’s biggest airport has asked the government to match the terms it is offering at Western Sydney to reduce emissions and noise.

  • Ayesha de Kretser
Increased focus on all-electric buildings   and powered by renewables will help us reach net zero with more certainty, says Davina Rooney, CEO of Green Building Council of Australia.

As timber buildings go up, emissions come down

The growing use of engineered wood products allows for less embodied carbon in buildings, but that alone won’t make construction clean.

  • Michael Bleby
Queensland Airport Limited’s owners are ready for takeoff.

MacCap flies into sell-side lineup at Queensland Airports; 74pc for sale

Potential investors are being told to expect flyers as early as Tuesday.

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport
Fortescue Metals chief executive Dino Otranto.

Rio, BHP and Fortescue at electrification crossroads

Iron ore miners in the Pilbara are under pressure to slash emissions and preparing to fork out billions on emissions-free trucks and renewables.

  • Brad Thompson
The Dubbo region has abundant solar power capacity.

NSW pumps $128m into community benefits for first green energy zone

Funds will flow early to projects in communities impacted by new transmission and renewable energy projects, in a bid to improve local support.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
A Chinese carrier-based J-15 fighter jet preparing to land on an aircraft carrier.

‘Land, air and sea’: China’s nuclear arsenal to double by 2030

Beijing has made dramatic advances in the “scale and complexity” of sea, air and land military platforms, the Pentagon says in a new report.

  • Cate Cadell
Michelle Jablko has succeeded Scott Charlton as Transurban’s CEO.

New Transurban boss Michelle Jablko wants to reward drivers

The CEO plans to offer incentives such as car hire and car wash discounts for users of the toll road group’s Linkt accounts to encourage motorists to keep paying for its roads.

  • Jenny Wiggins
Former VicTrack CEO Campbell Rose

Former VicTrack boss breached code of conduct: auditor-general

The former head of Victoria’s rail agency, Campbell Rose, suggested that a government joint venture should give him an equity stake.

  • Jenny Wiggins and Gus McCubbing
Several key transmission projects look set to be supported by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

$100m loan makes NSW first recipient of $20b Rewiring the Nation fund

Clean Energy Finance Corporation has allocated a $100 million loan towards NSW’s electricity infrastructure road map to help it deliver 12GW of projects by 2030.

  • Mark Ludlow
Symbio provides software that helps people dial into online conferences using their phones.

Telcos battle for internet calling provider

Symbio is the latest business caught up in an acquisition spree as small telecoms companies go after the biggest fish in the pond.

  • Jenny Wiggins
Telstra wants to use Versent to expands the services it provides, including more cloud computing services

Telstra seals $267m Versent deal to boost digital services

Analysts say the deal gives Telstra access to a workforce with expertise in highly sought after areas of cloud, security, digital and data services.

  • Jenny Wiggins and Tess Bennett
TPG Telecom CEO Inaki Berroeta is still trying to strike a deal with Vocus over a $6bn asset sale.

TPG Telecom’s talks with Vocus over $6b asset sale to continue

TPG’s share price weakens as discussions with suitor Vocus “remain ongoing” over potential sale of $6 billion in fibre assets.

  • Jenny Wiggins
More than 80 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions arise from energy production and consumption.

Octopus buys Queensland’s largest battery project Blackstone

The 1 gigawatt-hour project is 30 kilometres from Brisbane and will have the ability to power 70,000 homes for 24 hours.

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport
Aussie Broadband managing director Phillip Britt has swooped in on Symbio.

Superloop eyes higher Symbio bid despite declaring ‘best and final’

The telco is reviewing whether to engage in a bidding war with Aussie Broadband after its takeover proposal for the software group was trumped on Friday.

  • Jenny Wiggins and Jessica Sier
Daniel Sharkey

Worker shortage forces Snowy 2.0 to get creative with recruitment

The massive project needs to fill 300 positions in three months, and another 1500 over its life. That’s creating a boom – and a shortfall – for other employers.

  • Jenny Wiggins and Angela Macdonald-Smith
UniSuper and HESTA were the only big super funds to have “a meaningful amount” of their total funds under management in sustainable options.

Green energy transition will need ‘mountain of regional relocation’

Worker shortages in regional areas risk delays and budget blowouts in the push to turbocharge green energy projects, according to analysis by Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.

  • Ronald Mizen
IFM Investors has increased its exposure to infrastructure in Mexico City

IFM to take Mexican toll road and airport operator private

The $220 billion fund manager’s global infrastructure fund has acquired the last 14 per cent of Aleatica for $708 million, and intends to delist the company.

  • Matthew Cranston


‘Completely independent’: flight slots decider denies hoarding claims

Former ACCC chief Rod Sims says it is “outrageous” that Qantas and Virgin have substantial shareholdings in the company that polices which airlines take off and land at Sydney.

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  • Lucas Baird and Jenny Wiggins
Investors are fearful of the global growth outlook.

Crane counts reach record highs but residential building to slow

Veteran Queensland developer Don O’Rorke says strong demand for infrastructure will take resources away from building high-rise apartments.

  • Campbell Kwan