Navigating the complexity and risks for enduring benefit

Infrastructure Consulting

Infrastructure realisation is becoming more complex. There are more risks to identify and manage.

Now more than ever, Infrastructure has complex interconnected and moving parts with varying consequences. Community expectations, technology and data are driving rapid change in infrastructure solutions.

Projects and portfolios require leadership, direction, certainty and sound decision making.

This is the future of infrastructure. Contact us to find out more.


What does the future of infrastructure look like in a world of rapid change and increasing complexity?

Kay Salvair Smith shares her insights.

Whole of lifecycle approach

The team has extensive experience in infrastructure strategy, procurement, risk management and project delivery. We have lived industry and government experience. We are independent, and speak the language of government and business.

We collaborate with stakeholders across all stages of the project life cycle, to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. When required, we access the firm's legal experts.

Opportunities and risks are identified, governance is established, solutions are delivered and value maximised.

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Defining portfolios, programs and projects. Determining need and feasibility

  • Helping clients develop their project strategy and governance.
  • Collaborating on the production of options studies, business case documents and gateway reviews.
  • Managing clients market led or unsolicited proposal development.


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Plan and Procure

Engaging Industry and stakeholders. Defining the project procurement and delivery approach.

  • Supporting clients develop their strategy and approach incorporating market sounding and engagement activities.
  • Developing commercial principles, procurement and delivery strategy, and appropriate approaches to risk.
  • Producing GTM documents, managing bidders for best outcomes, capturing the offer.
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Delivering service excellence through the design, construction, commissioning, and operating phases

  • Overseeing the project execution, transition to delivery.
  • Mitigating cost overruns, delays and disputes.
  • Contract management and reporting on cost, value, quality, time, safety and social management.
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Operate and Realise

Exploring integration, operation and maintenance options for continued improvement. Supporting due diligence for infrastructure assets investment.

  • Supporting clients with their on-going operations, project augmentation, infrastructure or asset sale processes.
  • Undertaking infrastructure and services risk assessments for operational investment decisions.
  • Assessing benchmarking for Boards and management

Infrastructure services, from strategy to realisation

We provide leadership, strategy and governance to our public and private sector clients to support the achievement of successful infrastructure outcomes.

Clients seek our advice on:

  • Project & portfolio management
  • Organisational culture & project team performance
  • Business case, feasibility, options & strategy
  • Due diligence - investment, legal and commercial
  • Market led & unsolicited proposals
  • Industry engagement, market sounding, commercial principles & delivery strategy
  • Risk & governance
  • Procurement, commercial & contract documentation
  • Transaction & procurement management
  • Interface management & third-party approvals
  • Contract & financial close management
  • Dispute mitigation
  • Operational readiness & asset handover
  • Network integration, post-completion reviews & benchmarking
  • Project Boards and evaluation panels

Find out how we can deliver successful infrastructure outcomes.


Experience and impact

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How we enabled TasPorts to expand its port facility

We supported TasPorts via a risk workshop, market sounding and procurement strategy development.

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TasPorts faced the opportunity to expand its port facility, but required it to remain operational during its expansion. TasPorts required the procurement of various contractors and specialist manufacturers to expand its operating port facility, and requested assistance to run a risk workshop and subsequently develop the refined procurement strategy for the project.

Our team assisted by:

  • Facilitating a risk workshop with all the relevant stakeholders to ensure all risks were captured and there was a corresponding mitigation or management strategy identified for each risk.
  • Developing the procurement strategy with our legal colleagues.
  • Developing the market sounding approach, in collaboration with TasPort’s project management advisors, including documentation and questionnaire.
  • Preparing a procurement documentation roadmap with our legal colleagues.

Key to success was the integration of our Infrastructure Consulting team with our construction and property legal teams, particularly in relation to property-related matters such as leasing arrangements, the development of the procurement strategy and development of the contract model to support the business case.

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How we helped the NT Government deliver Out of Home Care services

We assisted the Northern Territory Government’s Territory Families with the procurement of Intensive Therapeutic Residential Care and Medical and Allied Health Specialist Services.

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The Northern Territory Government’s Territory Families was transforming the Out of Home Care system in the Northern Territory, to deliver child and family centric services and therapeutic outcomes.

We provided our traditional legal and infrastructure consulting services to provide Territory Families with strategic, legal, transactional, technical and commercial services for the procurement of Intensive Therapeutic Residential Care and Medical and Allied Health Specialist Services.

Our work included:

  • Developing the Call for Expression of Interest and Request for Tender documentation for Intensive Therapeutic Residential Care
  • Providing financial support in the development of the cost model and payment mechanism for Intensive Therapeutic Residential Care
  • Developing the Request for Tender documentation for the panel contract to provide Medical and Allied Health Specialist Services
  • Providing strategic, transactional, technical and commercial advice for
    both procurements

Key to success was the requirement to effectively communicate with diverse stakeholders and draw on experiences from other jurisdictions. We developed the suite of go-to-market documentation for two procurements to meet the tight timeframes required.

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How we assisted the NSW Government in evaluating an unsolicited proposal

When the NSW Government needed a dedicated transaction manager support team to help them evaluate and report back on an unsolicited proposal, we stepped in.

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The NSW Government received an unsolicited proposal for an infrastructure project. They needed transaction management and support to help them complete an evaluation of the proposal and provide a report to the project Steering Committee.

We helped the NSW Government evaluation panel with assessment, recommendations and supporting the development of their evaluation report to the Steering Committee for the project. Our support included:

  • Reviewing the approved documentation from the client’s Steering Committee regarding the framework for the evaluation and unsolicited proposal process
  • Tailoring the process and evaluation documents to meet the established requirements
  • Meeting with the client evaluation team to identify key milestones and issues, develop evaluation process documentation and set key interim milestone evaluation panel sessions with the team
  • Creating effective 'book ends' around the process to ensure probity and decision making governance was in place, appropriate documentation was prepared for each evaluation panel meeting and robust process was implemented to enable signoff on the evaluation and recommendation to the Steering Committee.

Key to success was the short response time and effective governance and risk management, enabling a quick and effective outcome.

We work across industry

Our public and private sector clients have projects and portfolios across industry.

Transport | Maritime | Freight & Logistics | Property | Telecommunications | Resources | Energy | Aviation | Social Infrastructure | Construction | Utilities

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Flexible thinking

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Tailored solutions

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Our consulting services are provided (directly or indirectly) by MinterEllison Consulting (ABN 50 017 469 292) and in the case of technology consulting services by our wholly owned subsidiary IT Newcom Pty Limited, both of which are part of the MinterEllison Group. Our consulting services do not constitute legal services nor legal advice, and are not provided by Australian legal practitioners acting in that capacity. The laws and regulations which govern the provision of legal services in the relevant jurisdiction do not apply to the provision of non-legal services.