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GHD’s Policy and economics practice is a national advisory business that spans the transport, water and social infrastructure sectors.

Our objective is to help our clients improve utilisation, efficiency and effectiveness of services and infrastructure.

Our services include:

  • Assessing the economic robustness and feasibility of infrastructure projects through project profiling, economic appraisal and deliverability assessment (risk, governance and timing)
  • Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) - economic analysis
  • Strategic Merit Tests (SMT)
  • Benefits Realisation Analysis
  • Investment Logic Mapping (ILM)
  • Economic impact analysis, including employment and related impacts
  • Wider Economic Benefit (WEB) analysis
  • Multi Criteria Analysis, including non-financial/intangible benefits extending beyond project life
  • Demand forecasting, elasticity analysis, demographics, trade and market analysis
  • Cost analysis and pricing models for state authorities, regulators, service providers and users, international aid agencies and institutional investors
  • Financial analysis and modelling
  • Funding options advice, submission preparation and assessment
  • Strategic planning, including options strategy analysis and value chain assessments
  • Strategic transport planning
  • Regulatory economics, governance and interface management advice
  • Corporate governance and compliance
  • Corporatisation and privatisation advice
  • Organisational development and business improvement
  • Operations modelling, efficiency performance measurement and productivity analysis at the national, industry and individual enterprise

For further information, contact:

Wennie van Lint
Service Line Leader, Policy & Economics - Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East
T: +61 3 8687 8407
E: Wennie van Lint


Paul Murphy
Service Line Leader, Policy & Economics - North America
T: +1 571 325 5048
E: Paul Murphy

Climate Change Adaptation Project – Queensland Sea Freight Council

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Our team undertook analysis for Queensland Sea Freight Council in 2007/08 which considered:

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Economic analysis for Port of Melbourne Deepening Channel Project

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As part  of the 2004 – 2007 Enivornmental Effects Statement (EES) and supplementing the EES Victorian Government process, GHD Meyrick provided an economic assessment of the direct benefits and costs of the Channel Deepening Project including future developments in ship profiles and numbers using a long-term planning horizon.  The benefit-cost analysis resulted in a positive project outcome for the economy.

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Investigation into Supply Side Freight Demand for Pilbara WA

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In 2008, we were engaged to undertake an investigation into Supply Side Freight Demand for the Pilbara region in Western Australia for the State Department for Planning and Infrastructure. The investigation sought to determine the volume of iron ore and other mining outputs which were moved by road by the growing number of junior miners in the region. It also sought to gain a better understanding of the consequential growth in industrial and community inputs and services that may not have been anticipated by studies completed over the last few years. The investigation addressed these gaps by:

Describing and quantifying the likely future freight flows (as tonnes and freight trips) that will support the transportation of industrial inputs and consumables required by exporters and urban and mine-based communities, and developing a simple model for predicting the three-way relationship that could be expected to occur between major industry output volumes, industrial and community input volumes and population and workforce numbers.

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Land freight transport study

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The National Transport Commission (NTC) engaged GHD and SKM, in association with the University of South Australia's Transport Systems Centre, to research what actions Australia should take to cope with the forecast increases in the land transport of freight.  

This major study included:

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NSW Grain Freight network review

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The purpose of this review was to examine the grain freight supply chains and identify the most sustainable long term solution for moving grain efficiently from farmer to domestic customer or port for export.

The team undertook a quantitative and qualitative analysis which included: an examination of factors likely to impact on the future supply and demand for NSW grains; an assessment of the implications of changes in grain industry structure and the lessons from deregulation in other jurisdictions; a Benefit Cost Analysis and sensitivity testing of three options for the future of the branch line network; an analysis of the policy and regulatory context; and analysing input from Task Force  meetings, consultations and submissions.   The team also widely consulted stakeholders through a Call for Submissions to the review and a series of meetings held with grain producers and local government representatives in the three main grain growing regions of NSW. 

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Review of Australian Shipping Policy

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In 2008 we engaged in a Consultancy Arrangement on an Economic Appraisal of Australia’s Shipping Future with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (the Department) requested for an independent economic appraisal of options available for Australian Government policy and regulatory policy settings for the Australian shipping industry. We assisted The Department in achieving a better transport system.

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Transport Energy Model for Victoria – Department of Infrastructure

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In 2008, GHD Meyrick developed a transport energy model for the Victorian Department of Infrastructure.  The model was designed to assess transport-related energy consumption under multiple scenarios.  It allows users to test their own new scenarios and incorporates implications of trends in transport activity, technology, costs and demographics.  The tool is used to provide detailed estimates of energy usage to 2020 and broad estimates to 2050.

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Yarra Street Pier Reconstruction

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The City of Greater Geelong engaged GHD to prepare a business case to assess the viability of cruise ships and other vessels calling at Geelong in Victoria. The business case development also included the derivation of the market demand for cruise shipping and the assessment of the required infrastructure.

The Yarra Street Pier Reconstruction Business Case defines the need, considers the options available and identifies an optimal implementation strategy for the preferred option for the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) and the Victorian Government . It addresses the lack of marine infrastructure at Geelong’s waterfront and its impact on the development of Geelong’s maritime/waterfront activities, regional tourism and generally business activities in Geelong and the surrounding region. The options evaluation included qualitative and quantitative assessment including cost benefit analysis and economic impact analysis. The business case report prepared by GHD is publically available on the City of Greater Geelong’s website – see link here.

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