Enabling communities to thrive

Our strategies

Enabling communities to thrive


We will revolutionise the way the enabling infrastructure is developed in Australia, ensuring that communities are involved in the development and management of their infrastructure. We will collaborate with communities, industry, government and academia to demonstrate how infrastructure can be developed with communities and more holistic outcomes can be achieved and sustained.


Increase at least two key financial and/or social community indicators by 50% in twenty (20) communities by December 2022

  1. Interactive development model

    The Interactive Development Model’s aim is to become business as usual in most infrastructure development including the civil construction industry. This model entails industry actively adjusting their projects to adapt to community characteristics, leverage community knowledge, and contribute to pre-existing community outcomes. This is IEA’s core strategy; using this model to demonstrate at a project level, and as organisation, how an equilibrium between social and economic outcomes can be achieved, but also how these outcomes may complement one another.
    Five (5) enabling infrastructure projects are completed in this way, and one (1) large scale metropolitan construction project that employs this approach is underway, by December 2022.

    Remote Community Energy Model

    Develop and continually improve a way in which energy can and should be provided to remote communities.


    Develop a repeatable framework for providing energy to remote
    communities. Complete projects across ten (10) discrete communities that produce learnings for the framework, by Dec 2022.

    On Country

    Understand and share the general community and industry challenges, and the common issues that they face when working together.


    The Australian Communities Database is completed and has given rise to the five (5) Industry- community partnerships, by Dec 2022.

  2. Regional Test Beds

    The regional test beds concept is one where IEA aim to work with community and industry to test new technologies and concepts in a regional setting. The main benefits being that communities are improved, and learnings are gained around technologies, and concepts, to aid in their mainstream application. The primary driver of this concept is necessity; there are a number of underlying factors that align to emerging technologies and concepts. The key factors are: a need for distributed services due to location, a need for sustainable and smart options due to scarce resources, suitability of renewable energy due to the high resource, and finally cultural alignment with sustainable approaches and regional communities given their dependency on the land.


    We have completed five (5) regional test bed projects, with letters from communities confirming benefits, and from vendors confirming learnings that will aid mainstream application, by June 2022.


    Quantify the benefit of employing demand side techniques in community energy management and identify key obstacles to the mainstream application of these practices.


    Implement five (5) projects that employ demand side techniques, with each project producing one (1) key learning for the main stream application of demand side solutions, by June 2022.

  3. Energy Equity

    The Energy Equity Strategy aims to provide all Australians with access to reliable, affordable and clean energy. This is the narrowest of IEA’s supporting strategies and revolves primarily around looking at the different methods of providing power to communities. As intuited this strategy overlaps significantly with the others.


    Energy affordability, reliability or sustainability is increased by at least 20% across twenty (20) communities by December 2021

    Community Choice Aggregation

    Determine if the aggregation
    of community power consumption improves community purchasing power, and results in reduced cost, increased reliability and sustainability.


    Implement community choice aggregation model in three (3) communities by March 2022.

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