Jim Miller

Victoria has announced the make-up of the board of Infrastructure Victoria, the independent body the government says will take the politics out of infrastructure planning.

Infrastructure expert and former Macquarie Capital executive director Jim Miller has been appointed as the inaugural chair.

A government media release said Mr Miller had extensive experience in the infrastructure sector, having worked in the areas of regulated assets, transport, energy, utilities and resources and social infrastructure. He is currently the deputy chair of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.

Maria Wilton has been appointed deputy chair of Infrastructure Victoria. She is the managing director of Franklin Templeton Investments Australia, and a director of the Financial Services Council of Australia and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The current president and vice chancellor of Monash University Professor Margaret Gardner and former chief executive of Westpac New Zealand and the Bank of Melbourne Ann Sherry will also join Infrastructure Victoria as members of the board.

The board will also include the Secretaries of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

“Governments come and go, but our long-term infrastructure priorities always remain,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“That’s why we’ve appointed a board to give us clear, expert advice that is independent of politics and focused on our state’s priorities.”

Infrastructure Victoria will be required to publicly release a 30-year Infrastructure Strategy detailing short, medium and long-term needs and priorities. The government will be required to develop a five-year Infrastructure Plan outlining its priority projects and funding commitments, and Infrastructure Victoria will assess the government’s progress against this plan.