What we do
Partnerships for Infrastructure (P4I) is supported by the Australian Government. Our purpose is to partner with Southeast Asia to foster inclusive growth through sustainable infrastructure.
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How we partner

Infrastructure is complex, and each challenge and opportunity require a different response. With support from the Australian Government, P4I provides flexible, innovative services tailored to the distinct needs of Southeast Asian governments and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

The diagram below outlines P4I’s specialist areas (policy and regulation, prioritisation and planning, procurement). It also shows P4I’s cross-cutting priorities (gender equality, social inclusion, disaster risk reduction and climate change); as well as our main types of service offerings.

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OUR SPECIALIST AREAS
Planning and prioritisation

Planning and prioritisation of specific projects and wide-scale future infrastructure developments, informed by high-quality commercial, economic and social impacts analysis. This includes pipeline-building approaches, competitive and unsolicited proposal project development frameworks, and business case structure, methodology, preparation and review.

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OUR SPECIALIST AREAS
Procurement implementation support

Procurement implementation support for infrastructure projects, from assessing procurement options, planning procurement processes, preparing documentation, and evaluating offers and negotiating commercial arrangements. This builds on Australia’s extensive experience with different types of procurement models and methods.

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OUR SPECIALIST AREAS
Sector policy and regulation

Sector policy and regulation advice and capacity building to help address critical issues in key economic infrastructure sectors, such as electricity transmission and distribution, water utilities and toll roads. This includes advising on market operation and regulation, competition policy, and oversight of infrastructure quality and pricing across a wide range of sectors.

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OUR CROSS-CUTTING PRIORITIES
Gender equality and social inclusion

Gender equality and social inclusion is a critical foundation in P4I’s approach. P4I works with partners to embed transformative gender and social inclusion practices across the infrastructure lifecycle. This in turn can boost sustainable growth to reduce inequalities and disparities, and ultimately foster more inclusive, stable societies.

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OUR CROSS-CUTTING PRIORITIES
Disaster risk reduction and climate change

Disaster risk reduction and climate change is an area in which P4I aims to help partners address one of the greatest challenges locally and globally. P4I’s approach incorporates long-term environmental considerations, disaster and climate change risk and mitigation across the infrastructure lifecycle. This can generate significant value over an investment’s lifecycle and – ultimately – lead to more resilient economic growth and stability.   

Service offerings 

Government partnerships

We recognise government officials face challenges that are sometimes best understood by those working within the public sector. P4I connects Southeast Asian and Australian Government officials to share knowledge, gain fresh insights and develop the people-to-people relationships that lie at the heart of our shared prosperity. 

Infrastructure advisory services

In response to urgent requests, P4I provides rapid advice from an extensive network of high-calibre infrastructure experts across the region and around the world. We also offer longer-term inputs across a wide range of areas and sectors to improve infrastructure decision-making and development throughout Southeast Asia. 

Knowledge sharing and networking

P4I facilitates knowledge sharing and networking to face common challenges together and share what we have learnt and are learning about infrastructure. We bring people and organisations together from across Southeast Asia and Australia. Through these activities, we also support ASEAN’s commitment to enhance institutional and people-to-people connectivity among Member States and with Dialogue Partners such as Australia.
 

Specialist areas and related services

Planning and prioritisation 

P4I partners to provide advice on the planning and prioritisation of specific projects and wide-scale future infrastructure developments. This advice is informed by high-quality commercial, economic and social impacts analysis. 
 

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Examples of P4I's planning and prioritisation services
  • Identification, planning and development of projects in the early stages of the infrastructure lifecycle – for instance through pre-feasibility studies, feasibility studies, options analyses and business cases
  • Development of strategies and guidelines, such as infrastructure pipelines and infrastructure investment lifecycle frameworks 
  • Undertaking of whole-of-life-cost analysis, contingency analysis and financial analysis  
  • Implementation of cost-benefit analyses, qualitative economic appraisals and demand modelling.

Procurement implementation support 

P4I partners to provide procurement implementation support for infrastructure projects. This builds on Australia’s extensive experience with different types of procurement models and methods.

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Examples of P4I's procurement implementation support services
  • Advice on matching procurement models with projects
  • Advice on funding and financing options including direct government investment in projects or state-owned enterprises, raising financing from private capital markets and blended options
  • Development of practitioner guidance on procurement and financing of infrastructure
  • Advice on going to market to procure infrastructure across all procurement options, including commercial advice to support: preparing documentation; developing risk allocation; tender evaluation including financial modelling and quantitative evaluation; and taking negotiations to close.

Sector policy and regulation 

P4I partners to help address critical issues in key economic infrastructure sectors, such as electricity transmission and distribution, water utilities and toll roads. 

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Examples of P4I's sector policy and regulation services
  • Development of policy guidelines, regulatory impact statements, cost management frameworks and better-practice models across economic infrastructure sectors and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle
  • Collaboration with partners to establish rigorous policy platforms for productively managing unsolicited project proposals and their evaluation
  • Policy and regulatory analysis and advice 
  • Government partnerships to share lessons and practices with Australian government agencies through virtual calls and workshops, and – when possible – study tours and secondments.

Gender equality and social inclusion

Australia is committed to integrating gender and social inclusion considerations into infrastructure development.

Globally, quality infrastructure is increasingly being recognised as a powerful agent of change to address pervasive economic and social challenges, and to foster equality and broader economic outcomes. Inaccessible, exclusionary infrastructure hinders inclusion and constrains economic growth and transformation. Conversely, inclusive infrastructure not only accelerates sustainable growth, it also leads to more equitable, prosperous and stable societies. 

Gender and social inclusion considerations are a critical foundation of P4I’s approach. Through our activities, P4I aims to embed transformative gender and social inclusion practices across the infrastructure lifecycle. This will reduce inequalities and disparities among end users and boost long-term economic growth and social equity.

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Examples of P4I's gender equality and social inclusion services
  • Support for gender and social inclusion elements throughout the infrastructure lifecycle, for example through assessing economic and financial benefits, social and gender analyses and impact evaluations
  • Development of initiatives to support emerging women leaders in infrastructure 
  • Provision of support for senior officials' dialogues on the economic benefits of gender and climate responsive engineering design
  • Implementation of capacity-building activities that integrate gender and social inclusion considerations 

Disaster risk reduction and climate change

Evidence and global studies all point to the urgent need to invest in resilient infrastructure as it can substantially reduce future economic losses, increase the likelihood of rapid recovery from extreme events, and protect and strengthen the economy, public health and national security. Disruption to infrastructure from climate-related disasters costs developing countries nearly USD400 billion a year. While incorporating resilience into infrastructure only adds about three per cent of the cost to any given project, every dollar invested in climate resilient infrastructure is expected to generate four dollars of benefits. 

P4I works with partners to realise the economic benefits of integrating disaster and climate resilience in infrastructure projects. Through a partnership approach, P4I deeply respects the needs and priorities of partners to help the region reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate change. 

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Examples of P4I's disaster risk reduction and climate change services
  • Introduction or enhancement of science-based regulatory and economic standards, codes and practices to promote sustainable and resilient infrastructure development 
  • Advice on feasible improvements to existing infrastructure assets to aid the transition to a low carbon economy
  • Strategic environmental analysis to assess infrastructure options, improve management of climate risks, reduce vulnerability, and optimise natural resource use and sustainability 
  • Capacity building to understand and measure disaster risk as part of infrastructure systems, designs and plans.