Asset management framework for NSW local government

Butler, Michael (2015) Asset management framework for NSW local government. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

Modern societies rely heavily on engineering infrastructure to underpin the fabric of society for transport, communication, water supply or waste disposal. Effective management of this infrastructure is essential to ensure sustainability in an environment of scarce global resources and limited economic means. In Australia, the majority of infrastructure assets are managed and maintained by the Local Government. This study reviews the currently recommended best practice within Australia and proposes a simplified framework that a New South Wales Local Government Organisation can use to implement or benchmark a best practice framework.

The International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM) states that the objective of asset management is 'to meet a required level of service, in the most cost effective manner, through the management of assets for present and future customers' (IPWEA, NAMS & AECOM 2011). The Local Government delivers services to the local community utilising public funds, thus understanding the level of service required by the community and responsibly using funds to achieve it is the highest priority. The NSW State Government currently has a particular focus on sustainable, fit-for-purpose Local Government systems generating a greater demand for Local Governments to thoroughly understand their infrastructure assets and manage them appropriately.

This study has reviewed the currently endorsed best practice methodology at the national level through recommendations by the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia (IP- WEA). Each state’s requirements have then been reviewed and case studies of government entities within NSW undertaken. The findings of the research and case studies have been used to generate a framework for local government and suggest model systems to meet the asset management requirements.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) project
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Supervisors: Thorpe, David
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 00:16
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2016 01:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asset Management Framework, International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM), Local Government
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090599 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29182

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