Investigation of the challenges facing public-private partnership projects in Australia

Mwakabole, Godfrey Charles, Gurmu, Argaw Tarekegn and Tivendale, Linda 2019, Investigation of the challenges facing public-private partnership projects in Australia, Construction economics and building, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 57-74, doi: 10.5130/ajceb.v19i1.6629.

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Title Investigation of the challenges facing public-private partnership projects in Australia
Author(s) Mwakabole, Godfrey Charles
Gurmu, Argaw TarekegnORCID iD for Gurmu, Argaw Tarekegn
Tivendale, LindaORCID iD for Tivendale, Linda
Journal name Construction economics and building
Volume number 19
Issue number 1
Start page 57
End page 74
Total pages 18
Publisher UTS ePRESS
Place of publication Haymarket, N.S.W.
Publication date 2019
ISSN 2204-9029
Keyword(s) Critical Success Factors
Public-Private Partnership
Infrastructure Projects
Project Challenges
Summary The practice of implementing infrastructure projects through a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement is widely employed around the world with successful outcomes. However, this practice is not without challenges related to cost, time and quality variations, which the public is forced to bear. This study aims to explore factors influencing the termination of the East West Link project in Melbourne and present time and cost variation challenges facing the Sydney Light Rail project. This paper utilizes literature, investigating the critical success factors (CSF) for PPP infrastructure projects in an international context, and other readily available data sources such as Australian government publications, the case projects’ reports, news articles, and websites as the sources of data. The data gathered from these sources was then analysed to understand the project challenges and to investigate the relationship between CSF and the challenges. Four challenges were identified, including insufficiency of the business case, political interference, non-independence of implementing organizations and insufficient risk profile identification. The findings can assist to cover the loopholes that might cause similar failures in project planning, risk management, and policy and guideline frameworks. However, efforts should be made in improving the existing policies to accommodate political interests as part of risk measures under the national PPP guidelines.
Language eng
DOI 10.5130/ajceb.v19i1.6629
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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