Future work-programs can be used as the basis for stimulus programs – good projects before the pandemic will still likely be high-priority projects afterwards. However, short-term infrastructure pressures may justify interim, light-touch, accelerated or proactive investment.
Addressing those immediate and short-term pressures is a priority, but decision makers still need confidence that the chosen projects generate the best possible community outcomes in terms of the numbers of jobs created, value for money and long-term legacy. The projects that are fastest to deliver, will not always create the best stimulus.
Focusing on quickly selecting and mobilising projects often limits the time needed to assess costs and benefits or develop a business case. An expedited approach that applies a prioritisation tool can help identify projects for fast delivery that also maximise value and benefits.
In response, we have released two tools to help clients develop justifiable, optimised work programs. To find out more about how WSP’s Prioritisation Tool and Customer Connectivity Tool can be used to inform investment decisions across a range of infrastructure portfolios in your state, download the appropriate paper below: