THE AUSTRALIAN government on Monday announced Adam Copp as the new chief executive officer of Infrastructure Australia.

IA is an independent body that conducts research and advises government and industry on issues relating to infrastructure. The body issues the Infrastructure Priority List, which details proposals for important infrastructure that are yet to be funded by the federal government.

Mr Copp has been acting in the role since 1 August last year and has now been appointed as the substantive CEO for a three-year term.

He has more than 15 years’ experience in the Australian government holding a range of policy, strategy and engagement roles across infrastructure, workplace relations and the Council of Australian Governments.

The CEO was appointed by the IA board after it undertook a publicly advertised and merit-based selection process.

Minister for infrastructure and transport Catherine King said the appointment of Mr Copp would enhance the critical role IA plays in delivering quality independent advice to the Australian government on infrastructure that supports the economy, builds the nation, and provides for the future.

“The appointment of the CEO complements broader work underway to restore IA to its rightful place as an expert advisory body following the independent review of IA commissioned by the Government last year,” she said.

IA interim chair Gabrielle Trainor said the body was pleased to have Mr Copp continue to provide leadership as the agency’s CEO in a permanent capacity.

“At a time when the infrastructure sector in Australia is facing significant and complex challenges, Adam’s leadership will ensure Infrastructure Australia is positioned to provide the trusted, rigorous and expert independent advice the Australian Government needs to address these challenges and, in turn, drive better outcomes,” she said.