With one of the world’s largest infrastructure pipelines, the Australian government has an unprecedented opportunity to leverage its spending power to address disadvantage and inequity in the communities in which it will build.

Crossrail in the UK is Europe’s largest construction project and currently employs over 10,000 people across over 40 sites. It is a wonderful example of how major infrastructure projects can rejuvenate the communities which they touch. This project is anticipated to create 55,000 full-time equivalent jobs and over 600 apprenticeships during…