Our research partners are fundamental to the quality of our research output and impact.
In February 2016 a four-year Leadership Partner program commenced between the John Grill Centre and the National Australia Bank (NAB), working together on the Better Infrastructure Initiative.
"The Australian private sector has a shared responsibility to build confidence in the future of Australia to secure the ongoing economic and social prosperity of the nation. This means embracing bold thinking, guided by a long-term vision, and taking a strong leadership position to turn ideas into reality." Dr Ken Henry AC, Chairman, National Australia Bank.
As a result of this partnership, policy papers have been released to challenge the nation and infrastructure stakeholders towards a new reform agenda, centred on customer led infrastructure. These reports have been the catalyst for further debate on Australia’s infrastructure future. Reimagining Australia’s Future Infrastructure is the first report in NAB’s Catalyst Insights Series developed following a roundtable focused specifically on infrastructure and chaired by NAB Chairman Ken Henry.
The federal government’s Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities is a leadership partner of the Better Infrastructure Initiative.
"Garry’s team is progressing a Customer Stewardship framework that measures infrastructure firms’ engagement with their customers. The analysis highlights exemplary practice, such as the Port of Brisbane’s use of tidal modelling that optimises channel use to reduce ship delays and the need for dredging, and Sydney Airport’s adoption of customer-focused performance indicators that are improving outcomes for passengers and airlines." - Dr Steven Kennedy, Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.
Specialists from the Department’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics will contribute expertise in two priority areas: measuring infrastructure services from a consumer perspective and analysing risk allocation in infrastructure projects.
"This partnership between the Department and the University of Sydney recognises the importance customers and communities place on infrastructure decision making." - Garry Bowditch, Executive Director of the John Grill Centre’s Better Infrastructure Initiative.
Transport for NSW is a leadership partner with the John Grill Centre’s Better Infrastructure Initiative. Working with Secretary, Rodd Staples, Deputy Secretary, Freight, Strategy and Planning, Clare Gardiner-Barnes and the team this partnership supports world class policy and project capability development over the next four years.
Through thought leadership and executive education this partnership will encourage the uplift of skills and capabilities across leadership teams and support the agency as a principal provider of transport and services in NSW to connect communities and shape the future of our cities, centres and regions.