Mr. Peter Kelly

Mr Peter Kelly

Banks and Infrastructure Finance Branch | Multilateral Development and Finance Division; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia

Peter Kelly is a Professional Engineer who has been with DFAT since January 2002. With a Bachelor Degree of Engineering (Civil- 1984), Peter has had over 25 years of experience with economic and social infrastructure delivery in the international development arena. He has worked with many South Pacific Nations since joining DFAT as well as undertaking long term technical assistance assignments in Cambodia (1992-96), Papua New Guinea (97), Sri Lanka (1999-2000), Samoa (2001) and Vanuatu (2009-2012).

Peter’s current responsibilities within DFAT include provision of technical advice throughout the activity delivery cycle on all infrastructure investment initiatives supported by Australia’s development assistance program throughout the Asia Pacific region.


Enhancing Pacific Infrastructure Sustainability through Technical Standards

Peter Kelly, Infrastructure Specialist, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia

This paper explores the contribution that better technical standards, and stronger enforcement of them, could make to the climate resilience and consequent sustainability of infrastructure in the South Pacific. This includes how application of appropriate standards make financing and insurance more affordable for all.

A general view is offered on the current level of compliance with available technical standards across the built environment and related enforcement approaches. Some assessment focus is placed on the key constraints and challenges to better compliance with building codes and standards across urban population centres in the region. These include the opportunity to enhance professional competency through increased training, licensing and fellowship. The paper also identifies some of the practical actions that can be taken by public and private stakeholders to improve the safety of structures in response to the impacts of both climate change and ongoing changes in the construction industry.