The aim of the Smart Infrastructure Handbook (the handbook) is to continuously improve the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the Defence estate through the application of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) and whole of life (WOL) principles across the estate lifecycle. The handbook defines Defence's requirements and reporting obligations for the planning, design and delivery phases of the estate lifecycle. It covers climate adaptation, energy, water, waste minimisation and pollution prevention.
Smart Infrastructure consists of two parts:
1. The Handbook which outlines Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) and Whole-of-Life (WOL) requirements for each project, covering:
2. The Checklists which are used for tracking compliance with the handbook.
The target audience for Smart Infrastructure are those responsible for planning, designing and delivering Defence infrastructure.
Smart Infrastructure is to be applied to all:
ESD decisions are to be documented in Smart Infrastructure Checklists. Where specific requirements cannot be met or are deemed not applicable this shall be justified and the reasons and their acceptance by Defence recorded in design reports and/or contractor reports.
Smart Infrastructure provides benefits to both Defence and its service providers involved in delivering and operating the Defence estate. As a core element in Defence’s broader estate management systems, the Smart Infrastructure Handbook will:
The Smart Infrastructure Handbook complements the resource efficiency requirements included in other Defence Manuals and Policy, including:
The Smart Infrastructure Handbook supersedes the Smart Infrastructure Manual originally released in 2015.
The Smart Infrastructure Handbook does not apply retrospectively, however projects that have commenced using the Smart Infrastructure Manual may voluntarily adopt the Smart Infrastructure Handbook.
All future projects are to use the Smart Infrastructure Handbook.
This document is sponsored by the Directorate of Environmental Resource Management and Sustainability (DERMS) on behalf of the Assistant Secretary Environment and Engineering (ASEE). Enquiries may be directed to:
Directorate of Environmental Resource Management and Sustainability
Brindabella Business Park
Canberra ACT 2600
Tel: (02) 6266 8209
Smart Infrastructure Documentation
Smart Infrastructure Documentation - specific to the Estate Works Program