Toll roads: issues of building, financing and charging

14 September 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN 978-1-76010-654-6

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Senate Economics References Committee (PDF 21KB)
Recommendations (PDF 7KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 20KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of this report

Chapter 2 - Toll roads in Australia and elsewhere (PDF 105KB)

Identifying the issues in the discussion
Some issues in the financing of infrastructure
Toll roads in Australia
Table: Toll Roads in Australia by Type
Toll roads in other countries

Chapter 3 - Financial arrangements for toll roads (PDF 62KB)

Separating the decision to build from the method of financing
Tolling contracts
Specific example: Westgate Tunnel project, Victoria
Setting the levels of tolls

Chapter 4 - Equity aspects of toll arrangements (PDF 57KB)

The regional impacts of tolls
The impacts of tolls on businesses
Unpaid tolls

Chapter 5 - Interactions of commercial considerations and government policy (PDF 100KB)

Selection of projects, builders and operators
Market-led proposals
Impacts on planning and urban amenity
Impacts on living standards
Impacts on the courts
Impacts on environment and health policy
Constraints on flexibility
Impacts on transparency
Specific example: WestConnex, Sydney

Chapter 6 - Committee view and recommendations (PDF 33KB)

The need for objective and transparent transport planning
The distinction between funding infrastructure and financing it
Impact of tolls
Interaction of toll roads with other policy issues

Dissenting Report by Government Senators (PDF 15KB)
Additional Comments by the Australian Greens (PDF 41KB)

The need for objective and transparent transport planning
Market led proposals
The distinction between infrastructure funding and financing
Toll contracts
Tolls as taxes

Appendix 1 - Submissions and additional information (PDF 13KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 10KB)

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