Smarter and targeted investment

Action area 1

Action Area 1

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
1.1 1 National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework - Freight Resilience Pilot Project Cth Completed The pilot project concluded in June 2020. The pilot validated the need for a national capability as a foundational element for implementing the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and showed a clear dividend from Australian asset owner, supply chain entities, communities and businesses having better decision-ready information and advice including to inform strategic infrastructure investment. Lessons learnt from the pilot will inform the design of a national capability to provide industry, government and the community with the information and guidance needed to make risk-informed decisions to improve Australia’s resilience.
1.1 2 Australian Government Infrastructure Investment Program Cth 2019-2030 The Australian Government is continuing to deliver the Infrastructure Investment Program. The program is a long-term commitment to build the transport infrastructure Australia needs to meet the challenges of a fast growing population, while improving safety and productivity. Over 160 major Australian Government funded projects are either underway or under construction, with the majority of these projects jointly funded by state and territory governments. These projects are expected to support up to 85,000 direct and indirect jobs over their lifetime.
1.1 3 Port Botany Rail Line Duplication - $400 million Cth; NSW 2019-2024 During the 2019-20 financial year, the Australian Rail Track Corporation sought expressions of interest and publicly exhibited its Environmental Impact Statement. Request for tenders are forecast to be issued mid-2020, construction site mobilisation mid-2021, and major works underway early 2022, with project completion scheduled for mid-2024.
1.1 4 Major Project Business Case Fund - $250 million Cth 2019 - 2030 Over $220 million has been allocated to 23 business cases. The Australian Government is working closely with state and territory governments to progress these business cases.
1.1 5 Melbourne Port Rail Shuttle - $58 million (Cth: $38 million, Vic: $20 million) Cth; Vic 2017 - 2023 The full $58 million has been awarded to Austrak, SCT Logistics and Salta Properties for works to upgrade rail access to their intermodal terminals at Somerton, Altona and Dandenong South respectively. The port rail shuttle network is expected to be operational in late 2023. The Australian and Victorian Governments are investing $58 million to support the development of a Port Rail Shuttle Network in Melbourne. The network will connect freight terminals in Melbourne’s north, west and south east to on-dock rail at the Port of Melbourne for moving freight on rail. The $58 million budget is to support a program that will provide successful private sector freight operators and developers with capital contributions, which will be used to deliver capital works and rail infrastructure at their intermodal terminals to establish port rail shuttle operations. Capital works and rail infrastructure on public land will be funded by government grants while works on private land will be funded by private sector capital co-investments. Agreement has been reached on connecting the suburban intermodal terminals; these projects have commenced and are in the design phase. The port rail shuttle network is expected to be operational in late 2023.
1.1 6 Development of Inland Rail terminals in Melbourne and Brisbane - $20 million Cth; Vic; Qld 2019 - 2022 Joint business cases are underway with the Australian, Victorian and Queensland Governments for intermodal terminals to support Inland Rail in Melbourne and Brisbane respectively. The business cases are considering terminal locations, connections, market access/operating models, and financing options as well as value capture opportunities. The Melbourne business case is expected to be completed late 2020. The Brisbane business case is expected to be completed mid-2022.
1.1 7 Urban Congestion Fund - $4.8 billion Cth 2019 - 2030 As part of the 2019-20 Mid-year Economic Forecast and Outlook, the Australian Government made an administrative change to include eighteen projects ($640 million), announced and funded earlier as part of the Urban Congestion Fund. Following this change, funding is $4.8 billion with approximately $3.8 billion already allocated to 185 projects. The Australian Government has been working with states and relevant local governments to progress projects. Construction is complete on eight projects, six projects are underway and planning is well advanced on a large number of projects.
1.1 8 Roads of Strategic Importance - $4.5 billion Cth; State Government 2018 - 2030 Following an initial period of analysis and consultation, the Australian Government is working closely with state, territory and local governments as the program enters the first phase of project prioritisation and construction focusing on:
  • Early works to basic underlying road infrastructure that will deliver improvements to the transport corridor while more significant projects are planned, and
  • Priority projects that have been identified.

Three projects have been completed and six are currently under construction. Subject to the conclusion of planning processes and in some cases approval by government, 29 projects are expected to commence works before the end of December 2020. By the end of December 2020, construction is expected to be underway or have projects completed across half of the 26 Roads of Strategic Importance corridors.

1.1 9 Bridges Renewal Program Cth 2015 - 2023 The Bridges Renewal Program continues to support resilient and efficient key freight corridors, precincts and assets through increased load limits on bridges and other improvements to freight movements. Since 2015, more than 500 projects have been supported. Round 5 proposals are currently being assessed and the Australian Government expects to fund up to $150 million in bridge improvements.
1.1 10 Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program Cth 2013 - 2023 The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program directly targets investments in improved freight efficiencies. Since 2013, more than 220 projects have been supported. Round 7 proposals are currently being assessed and the Australian Government expects to fund up to $150 million in safety and productivity improvements for heavy vehicle operations.
1.1 11 Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport - $3.3 billion Cth 2017 - 2026 Progress with construction of the airport is continuing with tenders being progressively let and contracts executed for earthworks, airside works, landside works and the building of the terminal. The airport will have capacity to handle 220,000 tonnes per annum of air freight. The airport is on track to open by December 2026.
1.1 12 Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan - $3.3 billion Cth; NSW 2014 - 2025 The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan is delivering major road infrastructure upgrades to support the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) airport. Upgrades are well underway with:
  • The Werrington Arterial Road and the intersection of Ross Street and Great Western Highway are completed.
  • Stage 1 (Old Northern Road to Peter Brock Drive) of The Northern Road opened to traffic in March 2018; with the remaining five stages to be completed by 2022.
  • Stage 4 of The Northern Road (Mersey Road to Eaton Road) commenced construction on 7 November 2018 and the recently completed new carriageway, has allowed major earthworks to commence at the Western Sydney Airport.
  • Stage 1 of the Bringelly Road upgrade opened in December 2018, with Stage 2 under construction and expected to be complete by late 2020.
  • Construction of the M12 Motorway is expected to commence in early 2022, with planning underway.
  • Delivery of the $200 million package of local roads upgrades is continuing, with 14 projects complete, 4 close to finalisation and 12 in planning.
1.1 13 Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Cth 2012 - 2030 Delivery of works to establish the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Precinct, including planning for the Moorebank Avenue Realignment, continues to progress. The completion of the rail connection from the precinct to the Southern Sydney Freight Line allowed the commencement of operations at the Import-Export Terminal on 1 November 2019. This milestone also included the opening of the first warehouse, leased to retailer Target, which was followed in early 2020 with occupation by a range of other tenants, including iPlex and Caesarstone Australia. In June 2020, Qube announced that a major distribution centre for retailer Woolworths would occupy about 20 per cent of the available Moorebank Precinct West warehouse land.
1.1 14 Southern Sydney Freight Line NSW 0 - 2 years This project involves the amplification of the Southern Sydney Freight Line through the construction of a passing loop at Cabramatta to support operations at Moorebank Intermodal Terminal. The project is currently in progress and is subject to final business case.
1.1 15 Outer Sydney Orbital NSW 5 - 10 years Outer Sydney Orbital is a freight rail line and motorway linking the North West and South West Growth Areas, connecting with the Western Sydney Airport Growth Area and future employment lands. The corridor protection project is currently in progress with the corridor being identified.
1.1 16 Western Sydney Freight Line NSW 5 - 10 years The project is about freight rail connections to serve the Western Sydney Airport Growth Area, connecting Port Botany to Western Sydney and Western NSW via the Southern Sydney Freight Line and supporting the movement of container and bulk freight by rail across Greater Sydney. The first stage has been preserved (gazettal in June 2020) and will protect the corridor for a dedicated freight rail line between the future Outer Sydney Orbital at Luddenham, through to the M7 at Horsley Park. Stage 2 of the Western Sydney Freight Line is currently under investigation and will be identified to provide a link to the Southern Sydney Freight Line and Port Botany.
1.1 17 Lower Hunter Freight Corridor NSW 5 - 10 years Transport for New South Wales is currently undertaking preliminary investigations to assess options for the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor which will enable a future dedicated freight rail line to be constructed between Fassifern and Hexham, bypassing Newcastle while improving regional and interstate links.
1.1 18 Sydney Airport Road Upgrades NSW 0 - 2 years This project will upgrade roads around Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport and remove the General Holmes Drive level crossing by constructing a road underpass. The project is currently in progress.
1.1 19 Sydney Gateway NSW 3 - 5 years This project will develop a link between West-Connex at St Peters Interchange and the Sydney Airport and Port Botany precinct, improving freight connectivity between Port Botany and the strategic motorway network. The project is currently in progress with procurement activities currently underway for design and construction and the ‘assessment’ stage of planning prior to determination.
1.1 20 Pacific Highway Improvements NSW 0 - 2 years Complete the Coffs Harbour Bypass project on the Pacific Highway. This project is currently in progress with the Coffs Harbour bypass project Submissions Report and Amendment Report currently being available for public viewing. The NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces will then determine project approval and identify any conditions of approval which will apply to the project. Following the NSW decision, the Australian Government Minister for the Environment will need to issue a separate approval for the project. Geotechnical investigations and survey works are continuing. Early construction, including property noise treatments and utilities relocation, is expected to start late 2020.
1.1 21 Easing Sydney's Congestion NSW Ongoing This action will deliver projects to improve freight flows and increase capacity across the Sydney Metropolitan Network. There are a number of key initiatives/programs that are currently in progress, including the Pinch Point program with the NSW Government committing over $825 million to fixing pinch points across Sydney’s road network. The Pinch Point Programs aim to reduce traffic delays, manage congestion and improve travel times on Sydney’s major roads, particularly during weekday peak periods.
1.1 22 Capacity upgrade to Foreshore Road at Port Botany and investigation of truck-only lanes in the port precinct NSW 3 - 5 years The federal and state funded large-scale investigation of a link from Port Botany to Kingsford Smith Airport has not yet commenced. The scope and extent of the work is currently under investigation.
1.1 23 Newell Highway Upgrades NSW 5 - 10 years This project involves upgrades to the Newell Highway including safety infrastructure upgrades and capacity improvements and investigation of where a Performance Based Standards (PBS) 3A vehicle access can be increased in the vicinity of the Newell Highway to support Inland Rail. Project is currently in progress and will be funded by the NSW Government ($520 million) and the Australian Government ($400 million). A further $300 million of Australian Government Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) funding has been enlisted to assist with missing links to align the Newell Highway Corridor to freight and port hubs, which will ensure that key freight roads efficiently connect agricultural and mining regions to ports, airports and other transport hubs.
1.1 24 M1, Hexham, Raymond Terrace Upgrades NSW 5 - 10 years This project would upgrade strategic freight routes connections between the New England Highway, M1 Pacific Motorway through to the Pacific Highway at Black Hill and Raymond Terrace. It is currently in progress with funding received and planning continuing.
1.1 25 Developing and updating regional and District Plans NSW Ongoing This initiative is ongoing as Transport for NSW will continue to ensure that freight and logistics are considered in land use discussions, particularly around important trade gateways such as Port Botany, Sydney Harbour, Sydney Airport, the Western Sydney Airport and Newcastle Port.
  • The rezoning of the Mamre Road precinct was recently announced, protecting the Intermodal Terminal in Western Sydney.
  • Further integrated freight planning is being undertaken with the Western Parkland City Authority.
  • The Western Sydney Freight Line has been partially protected and further protection work is to be undertaken on the line and the Outer Sydney Orbital.
1.1 26 Western Sydney Fuel Pipeline to the Western Sydney Airport NSW 10+ years The Western Sydney Fuel Pipeline to the Western Sydney Airport project includes evaluating options for transporting other bulk liquids by pipeline to maximise the value of proposed the infrastructure. Currently Transport for NSW is undertaking preliminary work to identify route options for the fuel pipeline corridor that will connect with Western Sydney Airport and surrounds. Transport for NSW has commissioned research to determine the most effective and sustainable approach in delivering the pipeline, while minimising the impact of construction on the community and the environment.
1.1 27 West Gate Tunnel Vic; Industry 2018 - 2023 Work is progressing on widening the West Gate Freeway, building the city connections and on the tunnel portals. Project parties are working on a solution for tunnel soil disposal ahead of tunnel boring commencing. Transurban has announced that is expecting to complete the project in 2023.
1.1 28 Western Interstate Freight Terminal Cth; Vic 2018 - 2025 Development of a detailed business case co-funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 for the consideration of governments on funding and next steps.

See also the Major Project Business Case Fund at initiative 4.

1.1 29 North East Link Cth; Vic 2019 - 2027 Major construction works for the North East Link are expected to start early in 2021 with the road opening to traffic in 2027. In 2020 construction begins to move around 100 above and below ground services including power, water, gas, sewer and telecommunications lines to enable development of the North East Link. The successful project design team and design proposal to expected to be announced in late 2020.
1.1 30 Smart Motorways Cth; Qld Ongoing Queensland continues to invest and deploy Smart Motorways technologies on key motorway road corridors in the south east Queensland road network.
  • The Pacific Motorway M1/M3 Gateway merge (construction completed in mid-2020).
  • The Bruce Highway between Caboolture — Bribie Island Road to Caloundra Road interchange (due for business case completion in October 2020).
1.1 31 Toowoomba Wellcamp and Cairns Airports Regional Airport Distribution Centre Pilots Qld 2018 - 2022 The Queensland Government sought expressions of interest offering $10 million from the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund to support construction of regional trade distribution centres. Two proponents, Wagner Holdings Ltd and Air Freight Handling Services, were selected to receive initial funding to develop business cases for the Toowoomba Wellcamp and Cairns airports. Both business cases demonstrated viability and received offers of capital support. Support for construction is being provided under assistance agreements. The Toowoomba Wellcamp Trade Distribution Centre has received development approval and earthworks are underway. The facility is expected to be operational in 2021. Export volumes have increased during the COVID-19 emergency as the airport received increased dedicated freight flights to meet demand. Exporters in Far North Queensland have experienced significant business disruption since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Queensland is working closely with Air Freight Handling Services to position the distribution centre to respond quickly to economic recovery and demand for fresh exports.
1.1 32 Central Queensland Inland Port (Yamala Hub) Qld Ongoing Central Highlands Regional Council received $4.415 million in Queensland Government funding through the Building our Regions program towards the construction of a 1.5 kilometre rail siding, upgrade of the Bonnie Doon Road and Capricorn Highway intersection, upgrade to Bonnie Doon Road and an industrial access road within the area. The Council was recently approved a further $290,000 under Round 5 of Building our Regions towards delivery of a business case and detailed design for the provision of raw and potable water to the area.
1.1 33 Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program Qld 2019 - 2023 The Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2019–20 to 2022–23 ensures that a pipeline of projects continues in the future, particularly in regional Queensland. The Program includes $23 billion of works over the coming four years and will support an estimated 21,500 direct jobs over the life of the program. Of this, approximately $14.5 billion has been allocated to projects in regional Queensland that will support an estimated 13,720 direct jobs over the life of the program.
1.1 34 Toowoomba Bypass Qld Completed In September 2019 the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Bypass was commissioned. The Toowoomba Bypass is 41 kilometres long, connecting the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa to the Gore Highway at Athol, via Charlton. The bypass is primarily a freight route which has been designed and built to accommodate larger heavy vehicles (type 1 road trains, B-Triples and PBS Level 3 heavy vehicles). It offers truck operators more options to configure their freight movements providing increased freight efficiencies and significant cost savings along this key regional freight route.
1.1 35 Agtech and Logistics Hub in Toowoomba Qld 2020 As an immediate action of the Building our Innovation Economy – Advance Queensland Strategy, the Queensland Government is contributing $3.3 million towards the establishment and operation of a new Agtech and Logistics Hub in Toowoomba. The hub will bring together industry, start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, researchers and training providers, and leverage the existing ecosystem and infrastructure, to solve industry’s challenges and grow start up opportunities through innovation. Tenders for the opportunity to establish and operate the hub close on 23 July 2020, with the hub anticipated to commence operations in September 2020.
1.1 36 Bruce Highway Upgrade Program Qld; Cth 2013 - 2028 The Bruce Highway Upgrade Program continues to be delivered by the Queensland Government. The program is a 15-year, $12.6 billion program being delivered between 2013 and 2028. The program expenditure in 2019–20 was $860 million. The Bruce Highway Upgrade Program continues to deliver major capital projects designed to improve flood immunity at key crossings. The Bruce Highway Link Flood Study, completed in 2020, has become a key document for future planning. With projects delivered to date, the Pine River to Gympie link has seen a 4 per cent reduction in annual exceedance probability.
1.1 37 Warrego Highway, Gateway Motorway and Pacific Motorway upgrades Cth; Qld Ongoing Work continues to progress on projects committed on the Warrego Highway, Gateway Motorway and Pacific Motorway. The Gateway Upgrade North project was completed in early 2019, with a further $1 billion committed by the Australian Government and Queensland Government (80:20 basis) to upgrade the section between Bracken Ridge and Pine River. The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads recently completed two major upgrades on the Pacific Motorway (M1/M3 Merge and Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes), with works now underway on the Varsity Lakes and Tugun upgrade and the Eight Plains and Daisy Hill upgrade.
1.1 38 Flood Link Study for Inland Ral Route Cth; Qld 2021 The Queensland and Australian Governments have set up an independent international panel of experts to provide advice on the flood model and structural designs developed by the Australian Rail Track Corporation for Inland Rail in Queensland. The Panel is established and is currently reviewing the 21 flood models between the border and Kagaru.
1.1 39 Development of the Kenwick Intermodal Terminal WA Short term Arc Infrastructure has completed the reference design. The project has been fully costed and discussions are occurring with the Western Australian Government in relation to progressing the project.
1.1 40 NorthLink Cth; WA Short term The third and final section of the NorthLink WA road project (a 22 km dual carriageway between Ellenbrook and Muchea) was completed in April 2020. Northlink WA stretches from Morley to Muchea providing a free flow link, doubling the road capacity and improving journey times and freight vehicle productivity. The NorthLink WA project was jointly funded with the Australian Government providing $820.84 million and the Western Australian Government $204.06 million.
1.1 41 Replacement of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge (road and rail) WA; Cth Short term Planning and development work are ongoing. Main Roads WA is currently progressing procurement and the appointment of contractors, with the intent to commence construction work in late 2021 subject to environmental approval.
1.1 42 Commence road upgrades: Wheatbelt, Mid-West and Gascoyne Regions WA; Cth Medium term Main Roads WA has developed a ‘Route Strategy Operational Plan’ which identifies ‘ultimate’ Restricted Access Vehicle access for State Roads across Western Australia.
1.1 43 Container Freight Staging Facilities WA Medium term Investigation of a potential freight staging facility was delayed in early 2020 due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Initial discussions have occurred between Fremantle Ports, the Department of Transport and Main Roads WA, and a consultation meeting is scheduled for July to assess industry stakeholder views.
1.1 44 20 Year Infrastructure Strategy and 5 Year Capital Intentions Statement SA Ongoing Infrastructure South Australia released the inaugural 20-Year State Infrastructure Strategy on 13 May 2020. This inaugural Strategy sets the long-term strategic direction and initial priorities for infrastructure development in South Australia, which will be built upon in future iterations. The Strategy takes a state-wide view and aims to achieve the following objectives:
  • Sustained economic and jobs growth.Planned population growth.
  • Connected and productive regions.
  • A vibrant, global Adelaide.
  • Enviable liveability.

It has been informed by broad consultation with industry, community groups and within government. Infrastructure SA participated in various interactive sessions with industry groups and key stakeholders as well as community consultation undertaken as part of the Government’s regional development strategy.

1.1 45 North South Corridor Business Case - remaining sections SA; Cth Ongoing The North — South Corridor Program Delivery Office was established to progress assessment, funding and delivery of the remaining 10.5km River Torrens to Darlington stage, which will complete the 78 kilometre non-stop motorway linking the Northern and Southern Suburbs.
1.1 46 Kangaroo Island Ferry Service Tender SA 1 July 2024 The SA Government has committed to undertake a competitive tender process for the Kangaroo Island ferry service. The procurement will seek to achieve a safe, efficient, reliable, and cost effective ferry service carrying passengers, freight and related vehicles.
1.1 47 North-South Corridor: Darlington Upgrade Project SA; Cth 2014 - 2020 The upgrade to motorway standard of approximately 3.3 kilometres of the existing Main South Road was open to traffic in July 2020.
1.1 48 North-South Corridor: Northern Connector Project SA; Cth 2016 - 2020 A six-lane, 15.5 kilometre motorway providing a vital freight and commuter link between the Northern Expressway, South Road Superway and Port River Expressway was completed and open to traffic 7 March 2020.
1.1 49 North-South Corridor: South Road-Regency to Pym Street SA; Cth 2019 - 2022 A new 1.8 kilometre section of non-stop motorway along South Road will connect the completed motorway sections, resulting in a 47 kilometre non-stop motorway between Gawler and the River Torrens.
1.1 50 Penola Bypass SA; Cth; Local Government 2019 - 2020 The bypass of the Penola Township was completed with the opening of the Northern section on 7 April 2020.
1.1 51 Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication SA; Cth 2019 - 2022 The procurement and early works for the duplication of the critical bridge across the Spencer Gulf for commuter, commercial and freight vehicles in the northern region of South Australia is completed. Delivery is due to commence in the third quarter 2020.
1.1 52 Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication Project SA; Cth 2020 - 2022 The procurement and early works for upgrading the Augusta Highway to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for all road users, particularly during peak travel times and public holidays, and improve safety and freight productivity is completed. Delivery is due to commence in the third quarter 2020.
1.1 53 Main South Road Duplication Stage 1 SA 2020 - 2024 Procurement is anticipated to commence for the duplication of approximately 10 kilometres of Main South Road from south of Griffiths Drive in Seaford to Aldinga to improve access to the Fleurieu Peninsula in late September/early October 2020.
1.1 54 Portrush Road/Magill Road intersection upgrade SA 2020 - 2022 Procurement is anticipated to commence shortly for part of the National Land Transport Network and the Outer Ring Route, which is a major traffic route and freight route. Construction is due to commence in early 2021.
1.1 55 Cross Road/Fullarton Road SA; Cth 2020 - 2022 Procurement is anticipated to commence for part of Adelaide’s Outer Ring Route connecting the South Eastern Freeway to the North South Corridor in December 2020. Construction is due to commence in early 2021.
1.1 56 Torrens Road (Ovingham) and Brighton Road (Hove) level crossings SA; Cth 2020 - 2023 The grade separation of the level crossings will lead to improved travel times for motorists, increased freight productivity and safety for all road users. Construction of both projects is expected to commence in mid-2021.
1.1 57 Glen Osmond/Fullarton Road intersection upgrade SA; Cth 2020 - 2022 Glen Osmond and Fullarton Roads are major traffic and primary freight routes. The intersection upgrade will improve travel times and network reliability. Procurement is anticipated to commence in December 2020, with delivery to commence in early 2021.
1.1 58 Main North Road/Nottage Terrace junction upgrade SA; Cth 2020 - 2022 As part of the Inner Ring Route and key freight routes, upgrading this intersection will improve moving traffic from the north east to the south, bypassing Adelaide’s CBD. Procurement is anticipated to commence in September 2020, with construction expected to commence late 2020.
1.1 59 Main North/McIntyre/Kings Road intersection upgrade SA; Cth 2020 - 2021 This section is part of the major traffic and freight route servicing the northern suburbs. The Expression of Interest was released July 2020, with delivery expected to commence late 2020.
1.1 60 Grand Junction/Hampstead Road intersection upgrade SA; Cth 2020 - 2022 This section is part of the Outer Ring Route providing important freight connectivity to the industrial areas of the northwest. Procurement is anticipated to commence in September 2020, with delivery due to commence in early 2021.
1.1 61 Victor Harbor Road duplication - Main South Road to McLaren Vale SA; Cth 2020 - 2024 Duplication will accommodate growing traffic volumes and improve safety, and improve connectivity to the South Coast. Planning is advanced, with the procurement phase expected to commence late 2020. Major construction is expected to commence in early 2021.
1.1 62 Roads of Strategic Importance - $4.5 billion Cth; Tas 2018 - 2030 The Australian Government has committed $530 million to a program of investment in Roads of Strategic Importance in Tasmania. Projects to receive funding through this investment program include:
  • Tasman Highway — Hobart to Sorell.
  • Bass Highway — Wynyard to Marrawah.
  • Murchison Highway.

The Tasmanian Government has provided $133 million as a 20 per cent contribution to this program. This is funded within the State Road Upgrades - North West and West Coast Regions, South East Traffic Solution and the Tasmanian Roads of Strategic Importance program.

1.1 63 Tasmania Integrated Freight Strategy Tas Ongoing The Tasmanian Integrated Freight Strategy is focused on delivering a contemporary framework that links freight demand and investment, integrates planning and investment across modes, prioritises freight assets and supports improved project evaluation and freight system information.
1.1 64 Burnie to Hobart Integrated Freight Corridor Cth; Tas Ongoing The Burnie to Hobart Freight Corridor is the core of the Tasmanian land transport network, connecting all major population, industrial and export centres. The program initiatives include a range of road and rail improvements to the corridor, such as intersection upgrades and lane duplications.
1.1 65 Hobart Airport Interchange Upgrade Cth; Tas 2020 - 2022 The Tasmanian and Australian Governments have committed $50 million to construct a four-lane interchange that will replace the Hobart Airport roundabout. The new interchange will facilitate future traffic volumes, increased freight movements and improve safety.
1.1 66 Cooee Bottleneck Cth; Tas 2020 - 2024 This action involves implementing priority projects identified in the Australian Government funded Cooee to Wynyard Planning study, including replacement of the Cam River Bridge.
1.1 67 Upgrade the Tasman Highway Sideling Cth; Tas 2021/22 - 2023/24 The Australian and Tasmanian Governments have committed $50 million to upgrade the Tasman Highway Sideling.
1.1 68 ACT Transport Corridors Study ACT Completed The ACT Transport Corridors Study was completed in 2019. Feasibility and design work for the Monaro Highway and Pialligo Avenue Improvements Program is progressing and a number of projects identified are now in the delivery phase.
1.1 69 Katherine Logistics and Agribusiness Hub NT 3 years The Stage 1 external headwork’s (power feeders, water distribution mains and road intersection) is within the Victoria Highway road reserve and is not constrained by the acquisition of the pastoral lease or native title, which is progressing. The power and intersection works are ready to be tendered immediately, and the water distribution mains is planned to be tendered on completion of the design in November 2020. The site for the Stage 1 water storage tanks and future Stage 2 sewer pump station are located on part of NT Portion 5043, owned by Katherine Town Council with agreement in place to transfer to the Northern Territory Government. The Stage 3 elevated water tank will be designed in conjunction with the Stage 1 water storage tank and can be brought forward for tender with the water storage tank in 2021.
1.2 70 Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility - $5 billion Cth 2016 - 2026 The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is a $5 billion lending facility to provide loans to infrastructure projects in northern Australia. As at 20 July 2020, the NAIF has invested:
  • $227.5 million in three airport projects across northern Queensland and the Northern Territory with a total project value of $407.5 million, and
  • $16.8 million in a port project in Western Australia, with a total project value of $120 million.
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1.2 71 Roads of Strategic Importance - $4.5 billion Cth; State Government 2018 - 2030 See initiative 8.
1.2 72 Northern Australia Roads Program - $600 million Cth; QLD; WA; NT 2016 - 2021 The Northern Australia Roads Program is well advanced with eight projects completed and 11 projects underway. A final project (Peak Downs Highway) is due to commence in Q4 2020. $279.74 million has been committed to Queensland under the Northern Australia Roads Program, with $223.80 million in federal funding and $55.94 million state funding.
1.2 73 Northern Australia Beef Roads Program - $100 million Cth; QLD; WA; NT 2016 - 2021 The Northern Australia Beef Roads Program is in its final stages with 16 projects completed and one project underway. A final project (Gregory Developmental Road) is due to commence in Q4 2020. The works included road reconstruction, realignment and installation of passing lanes, resulting in improved freight capacity and connectivity, increased flood immunity and improvements to road safety. $76.1 million has been committed to Queensland under the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program, with $56.9 million in federal funding, $19.2 million state funding and relevant local government contributions. The Australian Government also committed $12.5 million and the Western Australian Government $3.1 million for one West Australian project; and in the Northern Territory the Australian Government committed $30.3 million and the Northern Territory Government $7.6 million for two projects.
1.2 74 Bridges Renewal Program Cth; Local Government 2015 - 2023 The Bridges Renewal Program has an emphasis on regional areas. More than 80 per cent of funding to date has been spent on projects outside of capital cities. See initiative 9 for more progress information.
1.2 75 Upgrades to port infrastructure in external territories - $31.9 million Cth 2016 - 2020 The Australian Government is currently finalising an Approach to Market for the replacement of the Christmas Islands Crane and Moorings systems to which $26.2 million has been allocated. Should the Approach to Market be deemed successful and a contract signed, works are slated to begin in the second quarter of the 2020-21 financial year. Funding received for the Detailed Business Case creation have been expended and it is currently being worked into a Strategic Asset Management Plan to be put forward to the Australian Government to seek appropriate funding levels for asset management within the Territories for all asset classes, including the ports.
1.2 76 Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productiviyt Program - $508 million Cth 2013 - 2023 The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program has an emphasis on regional areas. Since 2015, more than 90 per cent of funds have been spent on regional and rural projects. This particularly includes projects off the major highway network and includes primary producers. See initiative 10 for more progress information.
1.2 77 Adelaide to Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration - $252 million Cth 2017 - 2021 The Australian Government is fully funding the Australian Rail Track Corporation to undertake the Adelaide to Tarcoola re-railing project. The works will improve productivity of existing services and improve operating performance to allow heavier, more efficient freight trains to operate at faster speeds. The project is progressing well with only minor works (Gawler Rail Bridge) left to be completed in early 2021.
1.2 78 Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program - $44 million Cth 2019 - 2021 The Australian Government has announced 20 eligible proposals under the Interface Improvement Program, which will provide proponents with pre-feasibility, feasibility study and strategic business case support to study the benefits and costs of proposed ideas and make a case for further investment. Appropriate business case studies are underway between proponents and Ernst & Young-led business advisor teams, based on project plans that have determined the scope, required stakeholder consultation and gateway starting point information requirements for developing each proposal. Potential proponents have been invited to submit proposals for a second round of Expressions of Interest that is open from 10 August to 18 September 2020.
1.2 79 Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation - Cth: $187.6 million; Tas: $187.6 million Cth; Tas 2015 - 2023 The three tranches of the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Program include a range of upgrades such as sleeper and rail replacement, formation rectification, yard and terminal track work, level crossing upgrades, and rail corridor drainage improvements. These upgrades will reduce the operational costs of freight movements, improve reliability and reduce transit times. Upgrades under Tranches 1 and 2 commenced in 2015 and are expected to be completed by mid-2023. Upgrades under Tranche 3, which commenced in 2019, are also expected to be completed by mid-2023. Tranche 3 also includes the Port of Burnie Shiploader Upgrade. The existing shiploader will be replaced with a modern unit to improve productivity and support the Tasmanian mining industry. The new shiploader will be operational by mid-2022.

Building on the benefits of Tranche 1, Tranche 2 is being delivered over four years and has resulted in mainline derailments reaching record lows, while maintaining downward pressure on Temporary Speed Restrictions and maintenance costs. Tranche 2 is being delivered on time and on budget, in partnership with Tasmanian civil contractors. Building on the benefits of Tranche 2, Tranche 3 will continue to replace near life expired rail and sleepers, upgrades bridges/drainage and focus on underlying formation issues. This will continue to apply downward pressure on single points of failure, speed restrictions and maintenance costs.

1.2 80 Inland Rail Cth; NSW; Vic; Qld 2018 - 2025 Construction of the first section of the Inland Rail project is near completion and notable benefits for the community have been realised:
  • Construction for the Parkes to Narromine (P2N) section was completed in September 2020, with construction for the Narrabri to North Star section commencing in coming months.
  • Up to July 2020, 1834 people have worked on the P2N project so far, with 761 of these workers local to the region.
  • Inland Rail’s construction for P2N has already begun injecting significant dollars into local businesses and the local economy – the value of the spend in the local economy is greater than $100 million so far, including a total of $13.4 million spent with nine Indigenous businesses.

Preconstruction works on other sections are well progressed. Field investigation and reference design for the other 11 project sections are near completion, with eight sections completing the reference design stage and five sections expected to progress to public exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement in the second half of 2020. The last bilateral agreement was executed with Queensland in November 2019. The Australian Rail Track Corporation has been working with state governments to settle the enabling agreements for the delivery of the project.

1.2 81 Regional Aviation Access Program - $58.7 million Cth 2015 - TBD The Regional Aviation Access Program is comprised of the following components: the Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme; the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program; and the Remote Aerodrome Inspection Program. Two rounds of funding have been announced under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program, providing assistance of $19 million to 79 projects for safety and access upgrades. A further funding round is anticipated later in 2020, which is expected to exhaust the funding allocation. The Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme provides connectivity to 266 remote communities through weekly flights, conveying passengers, essential supplies, food and mail.
1.2 82 Regional Airports Program Cth 2019 - 2023 The Regional Airports Program provides funding to assist operators of regional aerodromes to undertake safety and access works. On 13 June 2020, $41.2 million in funding was announced for 60 regional airport projects under Round 1 of the Program. A further funding round is anticipated later in 2020, which is expected to exhaust the funding allocation.
1.2 83 Black Spot Program (road safety) Cth Ongonig Under the Black Spot Program guidelines, 50 per cent of funding is to be allocated to regional and rural areas. Since 2013-14, 58 per cent of funding has been allocated to projects outside urban centres Australia-wide.
1.2 84 Roads to Recovery program - $6.1 billion Cth 2013 - 2024 The Roads to Recovery Program allocates funding to all councils Australia-wide to support the maintenance of the nation’s local road infrastructure assets, which connects Australian regions and communities and improves safety and economic and social outcomes. Since 2013-14, $4.15 billion has been paid to eligible funding recipients under the Roads to Recovery Program.
1.2 85 Deliver and improve key freight programs and projects NSW 3 - 5 years This includes the Restart NSW funding committed from 2017-18 to 2022-23 for Fixing Country Roads ($543 million) and Fixing Country Rail ($400 million). Fixing Country Roads has made $439.7 million available for 324 projects. Fixing Country Rail has made $439.7 million available for 324 projects. Fixing Country Rail has made available up to $210.9 million for 20 projects across the NSW network.
1.2 86 Implement the NSW Heavy Vehicle Access Policy Framework NSW 0 - 2 years This initiative is complete with further business as usual activities underway. The framework applies to higher productivity vehicles across the whole of NSW, reducing the need for operators of Performance Based Standards fleets to obtain permits on a case-by-case basis.
1.2 87 Fund infrastructure improvements to increase high productivity vehicle road access NSW Ongoing The NSW Government will continue with the Fixing Country Roads, Bridges for the Bush and the Regional Road Freight Corridor Fund programs:
  • Fixing Country Roads - $543 million program of which $439.7 million has been made available for 324 projects. To date 184 projects or 57 per cent have been completed.
  • Bridges for the Bush: of the 25 projects in the program, 14 bridges have been complete, and open to the public, seven bridges in delivery, three in concept/development and one currently on hold.
  • Regional Road Freight Corridor Fund – five projects have been completed, 16 projects are on track for delivery and four projects are delayed but progressing.
1.2 88 Provide funding under the Regional Road Freight Corridor Fund to upgrade key regional highways NSW Ongoing Five projects have been completed, sixteen projects are on track for delivery and four projects are delayed but progressing. The Oxley Highway Safety and Realignment Works have delivered four of the five safety upgrade projects. The final project is scheduled to commence construction in 2020/2021.
1.2 89 Encourage coastal shipping through planning and other initiatives NSW Ongoing The NSW Government will encourage coastal shipping by appropriate planning to support the continued operation of the port at Glebe Island and White Bay. This is currently in progress with discussions with industry underway.
1.2 90 Saving Lives on Country Roads Program NSW 0 - 2 years This initiative has been completed with projects in development and delivery. This will deliver safety upgrades on country roads, including flexible barriers to separate oncoming traffic and protect vehicles from roadside hazards. The total investment in reducing deaths and serious injuries on NSW roads over the next five years is $1.9 billion.
1.2 91 Assist local councils to plan for freight needs NSW Ongoing This initiative has been completed. Transport for NSW has provided guidance on freight needs and has worked with local councils in developing their strategic development statements. This will be an ongoing initiative to support local councils to plan for current and future freight and logistics requirements in their Local Government Area, and reflect priorities in their local strategic planning statements, including by providing assistance to identify current and future freight and logistics requirements.
1.2 92 Regional Rail Freight Network Planning - Note: Previously named 'Regional Rail Standardisation Vic Ongoing The Victorian Department of Transport has completed a detailed assessment of the state of the existing regional rail freight network and is preparing further advice for the Government on a new approach for the future of the network.
1.2 93 Murray Basin Rail Project Cth; Vic Ongoing A review of the project business case has been completed and is being considered by the Victorian and Australian Governments. The Victorian Government is in discussions with the Australian Government to agree funding to progress the project. Announcements regarding remaining works will be made once funding is finalised.
1.2 94 Bruce Highway Action Plan Qld; Cth 2013 - 2028 The Bruce Highway Upgrade Program continues to be delivered by Queensland. The program is a jointly-funded 15-year, $12.6 billion program being delivered between 2013 and 2028. As at July 2020, major projects completed under the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program include Cattle and Frances Creek upgrade (Ingham), Townsville Ring Road Stage 4, Yeppoon Flood Plain Upgrade (Rockhampton), Cooroy to Curra Sections A and C and Boundary Road Interchange (Narangba). Major projects currently underway include Cairns South Access Stage 4 (Kate Street to Aumuller Street), Haughton River Floodplain, Mackay Ring Road – Stage 1 and Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway upgrade, with further major projects committed, such as Rockhampton Ring Road and Cooroy to Curra – Section D. As part of the 2017 state election, the Queensland Government committed to establishing the Bruce Highway Trust Advisory Council. The inaugural meeting of the Advisory Council occurred in July 2020. The Advisory Council’s responsible for establishing a 15-year Vision and rolling five-year Action Plans to inform future investment priorities in this key road transport corridor (Brisbane – Cairns). $10 million has been allocated over two years (2019–20 to 2020–21) for this purpose.
1.2 95 Warrego Highway Upgrade Program - $635 million funded on an 80:20 basis by the Australian Government and Queensland Government Qld; Cth Ongoing The Warrego Highway Upgrade Program is a package of 20 approved projects between Toowoomba and west of Miles (15 original projects and five additional approved projects). Eighteen projects are complete with the remaining projects scheduled to be completed by December 2020. In 2019, the Australian Government and Queensland Government committed a further $400 million (on an 80:20 basis) towards the Warrego Highway. Project details and timing subject to further planning and negotiation with the Australian Government, noting the Queensland Government’s initial priority is upgrading the Mount Crosby Road interchange.
1.2 96 Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme Qld Ongoing The Queensland Government provides a $70 million targeted investment in local government transport infrastructure each year through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme. The majority of Scheme funding is provided as an annual allocation to Regional Roads and Transport Groups (RRTG) across the state for the development and delivery of projects across the shared network. The Scheme is provided on a matched funding basis to local governments that have formed one of the 17 RRTGs. Representatives from each RRTG member council and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads voluntarily work together to make road and transport infrastructure investment decisions based on their regional priorities. The Scheme model provides local government with funding certainty, which promotes good planning and best value delivery methods. It also assists to maintain local government employment in regional areas.
1.2 97 Bruce Highway Safety Package Qld; Cth Ongoing The Bruce Highway Safety Package looks to improve the overall safety of the highway. To date, safety improvements delivered as part of Bruce Highway Upgrade Program include:
  • Hundreds of kilometres of wide centre line treatments.
  • Shoulder sealing and audio tactile line markings.
  • 27 new rest areas/stopping places.
  • Various intersection improvements (such as protected right-hand turns) along the corridor.
1.2 98 Heavy Vehicle Safety Action Plan Qld 2019 - 2021 Pre-construction activities have commenced to explore the installation of on-site technologies to provide timely rest area availability information along the Bruce Highway. The plan encourages the increased uptake of telematics and other safety technologies for business and/or regulatory purposes.
  99 Develop major route plans on major highways WA Completed 98 route development and management plans for the rural WA network have been completed. The subsequent network analysis identified network programs for widening, overtaking lanes, geometry improvements, bridge upgrades and rest area improvements.
1.2 100 Wheatbelt Strategic Secondary road freight network WA; Cth Short term The Wheatbelt Strategic Freight Network identified 80 routes that create an efficient, sustainable and cost-effective integrated freight transport network. This has led to a $70 million commitment by the Australian Government through the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, matched by $17.5 million of state funds.
1.2 101 Revitalising Agricultural Freight Strategy WA Short term The final Revitalising Agricultural Region Freight Strategy, released in June 2020, includes a prioritised multi-modal project list. Discussions are currently occurring with industry in relation to progressing some of the key projects identified.
1.2 102 GlobeLink business case SA 2018 - 2019 GlobeLink proposed a new freight rail bypass and road bypass of the Adelaide Hills from the southeast to enter Adelaide from the north, and a 24/7 freight-only airport and intermodal export park at the Murray bridge end of the corridor. $2.4 million was invested to fund a Master Plan and business case. Analysis of road and rail bypass options identified that none were viable or likely to be justified based upon current population and employment projections. Preliminary cost estimates for the original GlobeLink road/rail proposals totalled $7.3 billion, with other options ranging up to $18.2 billion. The Benefit Cost Ratio of shortlisted options ranged from 0.08 to 0.21. With spare capacity at Adelaide Airport, a new competing freight airport is not justified. There is, however, a distinct opportunity to provide more direct air connections to new international destinations to open up additional export markets. Several road connectivity options are identified for future investigation to explore opportunities that could deliver upon the objectives of GlobeLink in the long term.
1.2 103 Strzelecki Track Wider Economic Benefit Analysis SA 2019 - 2020 Further work has been undertaken to understand the additional economic value of upgrading and sealing the Strzelecki track. The study focused on benefits that are additional to those captured by traditional transport infrastructure modelling methodologies and quantitatively measure the benefits specific to industry and the public via producer and consumer surplus created from supply chain efficiencies, production efficiencies, greater market access and the associated reduction in environmental externalities. As a result, an additional $49.3 million in benefits was identified in present value terms. These outputs will now be used to update the business case.
1.2 104 Grain/minerals port on Eyre Peninsula SA Ongoing Infrastructure South Australia have been tasked with the identification of the optimum location for a grain/minerals port on Eyre Peninsula as one of ten major infrastructure projects identified in the Government’s Strong Plan for South Australia.
1.2 105 Roads of Strategic Importance - Port Augusta to Perth (SA section including Eyre Peninsula netowrk) corridor; Cockburn to Burra corridor; Renmark to Gawler corridor; Onkaparinga Valley Road/Tiers Road/Nairne Road intersection upgrade SA; Cth 2020 - 2024 South Australian projects funded through the Australian Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance initiative aim to better connect businesses to national and international markets.
  • Sturt Highway - Renmark to Gawler: Anticipated procurement for various packages to commence fourth quarter 2020 to second quarter 2022.
  • Barrier Highway - Cockburn to Burra: Anticipated procurement for various packages to commence fourth quarter 2020 to second quarter 2022.
  • Eyre Highway - Port Augusta to Perth (South Australian section only): Anticipated procurement for various packages to commence fourth quarter 2020 to third quarter 2022.
  • Lower Eyre Peninsula improvements: Anticipated procurement for various packages to commence third quarter 2020 to second quarter 2022.
  • Onkaparinga Valley Road/Tiers Road/Nairne Road intersection upgrade: Construction expected to commence in early 2021.
1.2 106 Horrocks Highway improvements SA; Cth 2020 - 2024 This project includes the installation of overtaking lanes and shoulder sealing, improvements to the Gladstone level crossing, and the replacement of a bridge north of Melrose. Procurement for various packages is anticipated to commence in the fourth quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2022. The delivery of various packages is due to commence during 2021.
1.2 107 Productivity improvements (Thomas foods facility, Dublin Saleyards, Bratten Bridge, Naracoorte roundabouts, Kroemers Crossing) SA; Cth 2020 - 2021 This project involves infrastructure upgrades facilitating improved access for high productivity vehicles.
  • Thomas Foods Facility — Road construction commenced in June 2020 to be completed by late 2020.
  • Dublin Saleyards – Construction/delivery due to commence early 2021.
  • Kroemers Crossing – Construction/delivery completed August 2020.
  • Naracoorte Roundabouts – Stage 1, roundabouts completed June 2020, stage 2, sale yards access construction/delivery due to be completed mid 2021.
  • Bratten Bridge – Completed July 2020.
1.2 108 Remote Areas Consultative Group SA Ongoing South Australia is currently chairing the Remote Areas Consultative Group, which aims to improve the efficiency and productivity of transport in remote Australia.
1.2 109 Rural Roads Package - Safety Package (i.e. overtaking lanes, shoulder sealing, and pavement and intersection improvements) SA; Cth 2020 - 2023 This project involves road infrastructure improvements aimed at increasing safety. The package of works is expected to be completed by Q1 2023.
1.2 110 Annual program works:
  • Rural and remote upgrades — Adventure Way, Oodnadatta Track, Strzelecki and Birdsville Track
  • Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program — Lincoln Highway rest areas and Tod and Birdseye Highways shoulder sealing
SA Ongoing Projects delivered under annual program works will assist freight network connectivity, reliability and safety. Sealing of the Adventure Way between the South Australian/Queensland border and Innamincka is scheduled to commence in July 2020. On 23 June 2020, the South Australian Government committed to seal 50 kilometres of the Strzelecki track north of Lyndhurst. The project is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2020, with completion expected in the last quarter of 2021, weather permitting. The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program works are staged with ongoing procurement and delivery under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative.
1.2 111 90 Day Project - Improving Road Transport for Primary Production SA 2015 - 2019 Remaining actions have transitioned to current planning streams for further investigation or delivery as funding permits.
1.2 112 Bass Strait Ferry Replacement Program TT-Line 2020 - 2028 The Tasmanian Government is exploring local and national options and possibilities to support the replacement of TT-Line’s two Spirit of Tasmania vessels. This policy direction reflects the impact of COVID-19 on Australian and Tasmanian industry and businesses, and the opportunity to explore how much of that investment could occur within Australia. A taskforce will be established to identify local procurement, purchasing and manufacturing options.
1.2 113 Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan Cth; Tas 2015 - 2025 The Australian and Tasmanian Governments have committed $500 million funding for improving safety for passenger and freight movements on this key highway. The Australian Government’s contribution is made under the Building Our Future Program.
1.2 114 Bridgewater Bridge Replacement Cth; Tas 2019 - 2024 Replacement of the Bridgewater Bridge, north of Hobart, represents the largest ever investment in a single transport infrastructure project in Tasmania. Planning for the $576 million project is underway, with the Government confirming the key design requirements and releasing two initial design options. The planning and environmental assessment and approvals process will commence later this year. An Early Contractor Involvement procurement process will also shortly commence, which will select two contractors to enter a competitive design and tender process to determine a final design. Construction is scheduled to start in 2022.
1.2 115 New bulk minerals ship loader at Burnie Port Cth; Tas 2021 - 2022 A new bulk minerals shiploader at the Burnie Port will help secure the future of the Tasmanian mining industry. TasRail will build and operate the new shiploader, which is connected to the road and rail network. Construction of the new shiploader will occur in 2020-21 and 2021-22. The shiploader will significantly increase load rate per hour, increasing productivity for the mining industry.
1.2 116 Prefeasibility analysis for upgrades to Canberra to Sydney rail infrastructure ACT; NSW Complete The ACT Government has completed pre-feasibility studies for Sydney to Canberra rail upgrades under the 2018-19 ACT Budget allocations. These investigations complement those underway by the NSW Government. The ACT will continue to work with the NSW Government and Australian Government on upgrades to this corridor to support improved passenger services as well as infrastructure and track upgrades which support freight movements.
1.2 117 East-west Regional Freight Network ACT Ongoing The submission to the 2020 Infrastructure Priority List was accepted in relation to the high priority initiative ‘National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy’. The ACT will continue exploring Australian Government funding opportunities to support the submission.
1.2 118 Feasibility of Canberra to Eden railway line NSW; ACT Long term The NSW Government is undertaking a feasibility study of a Canberra to Eden railway line. The ACT has supported the concept in principle, recognising the potential benefits to Canberra and the Canberra Region. The ACT participated in stakeholder consultation undertaken by the NSW Government during 2019 and awaits the next outputs from the investigation.
1.2 119 Northern Territory Airports Expansion Program NT 2 years Construction has commenced on the cold storage, freight and training facility. It is anticipated that construction will be completed in September 2020 and the facility will open in October 2020. Solar energy farms at Darwin, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Airports: Investigations and due diligence activities have commenced; timing of the works has been largely contingent on the supply authority finalising the Generator Performance Standards. NT Airports are now targeting Solar - Phase 1 works commencement in 2020-21 subject to project viability and board approval. Resurfacing Alice Springs runway, taxiways, apron and new runway lighting: The works were practically completed in November 2019, with the final grooving works completed in March 2020.
1.2 120 Development of a Darwin Ship Lift Facility NT 3 years The $400 million Darwin Ship Lift Facility will be capable of servicing offshore petroleum, fishing, pearling and Defence and Border Force vessels. The Ship Lift will be a common user facility, which will operate on a commercial basis. There will be a legislated open access regime to ensure fair and equal use for all customers. Pricing and access will be overseen by the independent Utilities Commission. The Northern Territory Government is working to finalise a project development agreement with the Paspaley Group to operate the facility and attain all relevant environmental and development approvals. The Northern Territory Government engaged GHD to prepare a Procurement Strategy to deliver the project. It is envisaged that a contract(s) will be awarded in late 2020, with construction scheduled to commence in 2021 (subject to obtaining relevant approvals).
1.3 121 Developing a world-leading satellite positional capability for Australia Cth 2018 - 2025 Geoscience Australia’s (GA) Positioning Australia program is building a national positioning capability to provide all Australians with access to instant and reliable location data accurate to 3-5 centimetres in areas where there is mobile or internet coverage and 10 centimetres everywhere else – a significant improvement on the current 5-10-metre accuracy. An independent study shows that accurate, instant and reliable positioning will generate $6.2 billion in the Australian economy over 30 years through new technologies and greater efficiencies.21 To deliver this:
  • GA has signed agreements with all states and territories to bring data from their Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) ground stations into the Positioning Australia GNSS network as part of GA’s work to deliver a national positioning infrastructure capability. This led to a 400 per cent increase in the number of users of GA’s positioning infrastructure.
  • GA is continuing to upgrade its existing GNSS ground stations and install new ones in order to densify the GNSS network and improve performance.
  • In partnership with New Zealand, GA is conducting a procurement process to deliver a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for Australia and New Zealand, delivering decimetre-level accuracy to both countries and the maritime zones between them, without the need for mobile phone or internet reception. GA expects the SBAS capability to be fully certified and operational by 2025.
  • GA has released two geodetic reference frameworks that align Australian positioning information with world-leading applications, which improves access and efficiency of geodetic data to support centimetre level positioning.
  • GA has released open source software that is capable of determining satellite orbits, positions and timing errors, and is capable of managing the acquisition, processing and delivery of multi-GNSS data and related products.
1.3 122 Access to spectrum Cth Ongoing The spectrum auction for the 3.6 GHz band concluded in late 2018. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has made a number of planning decisions relevant to freight applications such as connected and automated vehicles, including:
  • Class licensing arrangements authorising the operation of intelligent transport systems, and
  • Proposed arrangements to support Internet of Things applications in the VHF high band.
1.3 123 Continue the Mobile Black Spot Program Cth 2014 - 2023 The Australian Government has committed $380 million to date to the Mobile Black Spot Program to invest in telecommunications infrastructure projects that improve mobile coverage and competition across Australia. To date, 1,229 base stations have been funded under the first five rounds of the program, with over 860 now in operation. Completed base stations are providing new and improved mobile coverage to more than 8,000 kilometres of major transport routes. The Government intends that the next step in the program will be to conduct a Round 5A, which will be used to test a range of different program designs. On 21 April 2020, the Government released a discussion paper seeking feedback from industry and community on options for the design of Round 5A, which includes a focus on improving mobile connectivity along major transport corridors and in disaster-prone regions, such as bushfire-prone areas, as well as the testing of new technologies that support shared mobile coverage in regional areas. Feedback received from industry and community on options for the design for Round 5A is currently being reviewed.
1.3 124 Rollout of the National Broadband Network Cth 2020 11.7 million premises across Australia were ready to connect as at 30 June 2020, surpassing NBN Co’s target of 11.5 million. NBN Co has around 100,000 premises, including ‘complex connections’ that will be completed after 30 June 2020 and expects that 80 per cent of these premises will have access to the National Broadband Network by 31 December 2020.
1.3 125 Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G uptake Cth 2016 - TBD All three of Australia’s major mobile network operators now have active 5G networks. 5G coverage is set to expand as carriers deploy their 5G networks across Australia. The 5G Working Group has met four times since 2018 and discussed the potential role for 5G in the transport, agriculture and healthcare sectors. In 2019, the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts asked the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts to inquire into and report on the deployment, adoption and application of 5G in Australia. On 12 May 2020, the Committee tabled its report 5G - The Next Gen Future. The Australian Government is preparing its response to the recommendations of the report. A horizon-scanning project, initiated by the Chief Scientist and being undertaken by the Australian Council of Learned Academies, is investigating the opportunities and implications presented by the development and deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the coming decade, including whether Australia can establish competitive advantage in particular IoT use cases. This report is due for release in the second half of 2020. In terms of networks that are being deployed to support the IoT, Telstra has approximately 3 million square kilometres of LTE M coverage and around 4 million square kilometres of Narrowband-IoT coverage. This coverage is already being used to connect around 3.8 million devices as at June 2020.
1.3 126 Examination of technology models for deployment of Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) Cth; QLD; NSW; Austroads 2020 - 2021 The Commonwealth, Queensland, NSW and Austroads have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake a project on the current and future capability of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), including the various models for the deployment. This work may inform consideration of digital infrastructure that could be deployed to support innovative freight operations and technology improvements.
1.3 127 Facilitate trials of emerging technology in heavy vehicles NSW Ongoing Transport for New South Wales is continuing to look at the appropriate technologies for this initiative which will focus on heavy vehicle platooning and automation. Further work is to be carried out to provide a framework for trials and automated operations.
1.3 128 Improve data sharing NSW 0 - 2 years NSW has completed significant work in this area and has led the nation in publishing freight data in an open environment for customers and stakeholders to access. Whilst complete, Transport for NSW will continue its drive to make data available for better decision making by government agencies, local councils, road and rail operators and freight customers and communities.
1.3 129 Adopt new technologies to improve the efficiency of government infrastructure NSW Ongoing A number of initiatives have been completed that will continue as ‘business as usual’ across ports, road and rail networks. Transport for New South Wales continues to explore technology solutions to improve the efficiency of administration and management of the network.
1.3 130 Foster trials of emerging technology by industry NSW Ongoing Transport for New South Wales is currently engaging with industry and technology suppliers across a number of initiatives including heavy vehicle platooning and automation, vehicle-to-infrastructure systems to optimise traffic signal timing and reduce travel times for freight vehicles and last mile deliveries by aerial drones in urban areas across.
1.3 131 Support national reforms to investment in the freight network NSW 5 - 10 years While this initiative is complete it will continue as a business as usual initiative with the initial implementation to be considered by Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in November 2020 or May 2021.
1.3 132 Heavy Vehicle Safety Action Plan Qld 2019 - 2021 See initiative 98.
1.3 133 Explore opportunities to apply new technology to manage transport networks WA Short term Several initiatives are being investigated by the Western Australian Government, with industry and the research community to improve road traffic management. These include investigating on-board technology options and infrastructure-based technology options to link freight vehicle data with traffic management, and pathways to link freight vehicles and traffic management systems. WA has also adopted and refined the trial process to enable automated vehicle use through exemptions. Proponents wanting to use an automated vehicle on a public road in WA need to apply to the Department of Transport for an exemption from vehicle registration requirements.
1.3 134 Smart Freeway - Kwinana Northbound WA Short term The project is on track for delivery in mid to late July 2020.
1.3 135 Regional Telcommunications Project: National Strategy Integration WA Short term Additional funding of $20 million has been secured for the Regional Telecommunications Project Continuation to further expand mobile coverage in regional WA, including along freight corridors and designated Main Roads WA primary and secondary routes. A mobile base station at Bannister, addressing a black spot on Albany Highway, will be completed shortly. Three more base stations are required to provide continuous coverage from Perth to Albany. The next round of the Commonwealth Mobile Black Spot Program Round 5A is due to open around September 2020 and will specifically target freight routes.
1.3 136 Fremantle Ports real time data project WA Short term The initiatives under the Fremantle Port Authority real-time data gathering project achieved the following:
  • Freight Vehicle ‘Smart Plate’ Trial – The Port engaged the Sustainable and Built Environment national research centre to develop a Road Map to guide the conduct of a trial. The Road Map outlines the trial and evaluation methodology and articulates possible achievements resulting from industry, academia and government collaboration. The final draft Road Map is currently being reviewed.
  • Container Tracking Trial – Conversations have progressed with some potential stakeholders to ascertain willingness to participate in such a trial.
  • Develop and implement video analytics to gather real-time locational and fine-detail classification data – Service provider capabilities are currently being explored.
1.3 137 Grainbelt Digital Enhancement Program WA; Industry Medium term Under the Digital Farm Grant Program Round 1, a total of 11 projects are being rolled out, delivered by five telecommunication providers. The WA Supernet Request for Proposal response is being assessed.
1.3 138 Great Eastern Drive Mobile Coverage Program Tas 2019 - 2021 This project is to improve coverage to at least 95 per cent of the Great Eastern Drive, between Buckland and Binalong Bay. The Great Eastern Drive is a major Tasmanian transportation route and currently has significant areas of negligible or no mobile coverage. A total of $11 million will be invested by the Tasmanian Government and Optus to construct 15 greenfield macro base stations. The project is currently underway and completion is expected in 2021.
1.3 139 Low and Zero Emissions Vehicles (LZEV's) ACT Ongoing The ACT’s Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) Action Plan 2018-2021 sets a clear direction for the ACT to accelerate and support the uptake of ZEVs, including battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and electric bikes. The plan includes a range of actions, including a government commitment to all newly leased ACT Government fleet passenger vehicles being ZEVs from 2020-21 (where fit for purpose). As identified in the ACT’s Climate Change Strategy 2019-25, the ACT Government will also identify new actions to support the uptake of zero emissions vehicles from 2021 onwards and will explore opportunities to promote investment in public charging infrastructure.

The ACT continues to co-lead with Queensland and participate in the national work program to accelerate the uptake of LZEVs. Under the national LZEV work program the ACT, along with Tasmania, is leading the development of the fleet managers guidelines. This will ultimately support vehicle fleet managers across Australia transition to LZEVs. Additionally, the ACT is supporting the coordination of responses for reporting on progress with the action “Consider developing LZEV fleet targets: (a) For the overall Australian vehicle fleet and (b) For each jurisdiction for their government owned and managed fleet.” Updates on progress of the national work program are expected to be reported to the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers meeting later in 2020 or early 2021.

1.3 140 Remote Telecommunications Co-investment Program NT 4 years Fourteen remote sites have been identified to date for the 2019 program. Thirteen sites are being designed and one site is complete. Five sites will provide coverage on a transport corridor, with one on the Stuart Highway and the balance on secondary roads. All sites are expected to be completed by end of 2022.
1.4 141 Advance heavy vehicle road reform to facilitate efficient investment in infrastructure All Ongoing The Australian Government commenced public consultation on reforms to the way heavy vehicle charges are set and invested (supply side reforms) in June 2020, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the consultation, the Government is holding online workshops with stakeholders to discuss the measures and hear feedback. State and territory governments continue to participate in the national Heavy Vehicle Road Reform discussions through the national Steering Committee, including the development of national Service Level Standards. Information from consultation together with implementation details of the proposed reform measures will be provided to Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in 2020-21 for their decision.
1.4 142 Port infrastructure pricing and access review Vic Completed The Victorian Government has completed the Port Pricing and Access Review (PPAR), which investigated options for the future role of Government in regulating pricing/charges, and access to and from the port of Melbourne. The PPAR was developed in response to industry concerns regarding increasing infrastructure charges by stevedores at the port of Melbourne and the associated flow-on cost to industry. The findings of the PPAR were released to the industry on 30 January 2020. The PPAR provided a comprehensive picture of pricing and access at the Port of Melbourne from the wharf to the port gate, and that while costs have risen as a result of increases in stevedore charges, costs being levied by others, particularly shipping lines, are arguably having a bigger impact on increasing costs. The PPAR found that whilst there is not a case for economic regulation at this stage, it recommended putting in place new voluntary standards around how port charges are changed in consultation with the industry. As a result of the recommendations, there is an intention to introduce a Voluntary Port Performance Model to improve pricing transparency and access coordination (see Action Area 2.1).

Action 1.1

Ensure that domestic and international supply chains are serviced by resilient and efficient key freight corridors, precincts and assets

Where do we want to be by 2024?

  • Stronger links between heavy vehicle road user charges and investments into road infrastructure services.
  • Increased transparency to road users regarding levels of service and investments.
  • Increased funding certainty for road managers, helping to deliver optional road maintenance.

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
1.1 1 National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework - Freight Resilience Pilot Project Cth Completed The pilot project concluded in June 2020. The pilot validated the need for a national capability as a foundational element for implementing the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and showed a clear dividend from Australian asset owner, supply chain entities, communities and businesses having better decision-ready information and advice including to inform strategic infrastructure investment. Lessons learnt from the pilot will inform the design of a national capability to provide industry, government and the community with the information and guidance needed to make risk-informed decisions to improve Australia’s resilience.
1.1 2 Australian Government Infrastructure Investment Program Cth 2019-2030 The Australian Government is continuing to deliver the Infrastructure Investment Program. The program is a long-term commitment to build the transport infrastructure Australia needs to meet the challenges of a fast growing population, while improving safety and productivity. Over 160 major Australian Government funded projects are either underway or under construction, with the majority of these projects jointly funded by state and territory governments. These projects are expected to support up to 85,000 direct and indirect jobs over their lifetime.
1.1 3 Port Botany Rail Line Duplication - $400 million Cth; NSW 2019-2024 During the 2019-20 financial year, the Australian Rail Track Corporation sought expressions of interest and publicly exhibited its Environmental Impact Statement. Request for tenders are forecast to be issued mid-2020, construction site mobilisation mid-2021, and major works underway early 2022, with project completion scheduled for mid-2024.
1.1 4 Major Project Business Case Fund - $250 million Cth 2019 - 2030 Over $220 million has been allocated to 23 business cases. The Australian Government is working closely with state and territory governments to progress these business cases.
1.1 5 Melbourne Port Rail Shuttle - $58 million (Cth: $38 million, Vic: $20 million) Cth; Vic 2017 - 2023 The full $58 million has been awarded to Austrak, SCT Logistics and Salta Properties for works to upgrade rail access to their intermodal terminals at Somerton, Altona and Dandenong South respectively. The port rail shuttle network is expected to be operational in late 2023. The Australian and Victorian Governments are investing $58 million to support the development of a Port Rail Shuttle Network in Melbourne. The network will connect freight terminals in Melbourne’s north, west and south east to on-dock rail at the Port of Melbourne for moving freight on rail. The $58 million budget is to support a program that will provide successful private sector freight operators and developers with capital contributions, which will be used to deliver capital works and rail infrastructure at their intermodal terminals to establish port rail shuttle operations. Capital works and rail infrastructure on public land will be funded by government grants while works on private land will be funded by private sector capital co-investments. Agreement has been reached on connecting the suburban intermodal terminals; these projects have commenced and are in the design phase. The port rail shuttle network is expected to be operational in late 2023.
1.1 6 Development of Inland Rail terminals in Melbourne and Brisbane - $20 million Cth; Vic; Qld 2019 - 2022 Joint business cases are underway with the Australian, Victorian and Queensland Governments for intermodal terminals to support Inland Rail in Melbourne and Brisbane respectively. The business cases are considering terminal locations, connections, market access/operating models, and financing options as well as value capture opportunities. The Melbourne business case is expected to be completed late 2020. The Brisbane business case is expected to be completed mid-2022.
1.1 7 Urban Congestion Fund - $4.8 billion Cth 2019 - 2030 As part of the 2019-20 Mid-year Economic Forecast and Outlook, the Australian Government made an administrative change to include eighteen projects ($640 million), announced and funded earlier as part of the Urban Congestion Fund. Following this change, funding is $4.8 billion with approximately $3.8 billion already allocated to 185 projects. The Australian Government has been working with states and relevant local governments to progress projects. Construction is complete on eight projects, six projects are underway and planning is well advanced on a large number of projects.
1.1 8 Roads of Strategic Importance - $4.5 billion Cth; State Government 2018 - 2030 Following an initial period of analysis and consultation, the Australian Government is working closely with state, territory and local governments as the program enters the first phase of project prioritisation and construction focusing on:
  • Early works to basic underlying road infrastructure that will deliver improvements to the transport corridor while more significant projects are planned, and
  • Priority projects that have been identified.

Three projects have been completed and six are currently under construction. Subject to the conclusion of planning processes and in some cases approval by government, 29 projects are expected to commence works before the end of December 2020. By the end of December 2020, construction is expected to be underway or have projects completed across half of the 26 Roads of Strategic Importance corridors.

1.1 9 Bridges Renewal Program Cth 2015 - 2023 The Bridges Renewal Program continues to support resilient and efficient key freight corridors, precincts and assets through increased load limits on bridges and other improvements to freight movements. Since 2015, more than 500 projects have been supported. Round 5 proposals are currently being assessed and the Australian Government expects to fund up to $150 million in bridge improvements.
1.1 10 Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program Cth 2013 - 2023 The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program directly targets investments in improved freight efficiencies. Since 2013, more than 220 projects have been supported. Round 7 proposals are currently being assessed and the Australian Government expects to fund up to $150 million in safety and productivity improvements for heavy vehicle operations.
1.1 11 Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport - $3.3 billion Cth 2017 - 2026 Progress with construction of the airport is continuing with tenders being progressively let and contracts executed for earthworks, airside works, landside works and the building of the terminal. The airport will have capacity to handle 220,000 tonnes per annum of air freight. The airport is on track to open by December 2026.
1.1 12 Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan - $3.3 billion Cth; NSW 2014 - 2025 The Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan is delivering major road infrastructure upgrades to support the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) airport. Upgrades are well underway with:
  • The Werrington Arterial Road and the intersection of Ross Street and Great Western Highway are completed.
  • Stage 1 (Old Northern Road to Peter Brock Drive) of The Northern Road opened to traffic in March 2018; with the remaining five stages to be completed by 2022.
  • Stage 4 of The Northern Road (Mersey Road to Eaton Road) commenced construction on 7 November 2018 and the recently completed new carriageway, has allowed major earthworks to commence at the Western Sydney Airport.
  • Stage 1 of the Bringelly Road upgrade opened in December 2018, with Stage 2 under construction and expected to be complete by late 2020.
  • Construction of the M12 Motorway is expected to commence in early 2022, with planning underway.
  • Delivery of the $200 million package of local roads upgrades is continuing, with 14 projects complete, 4 close to finalisation and 12 in planning.
1.1 13 Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Cth 2012 - 2030 Delivery of works to establish the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Precinct, including planning for the Moorebank Avenue Realignment, continues to progress. The completion of the rail connection from the precinct to the Southern Sydney Freight Line allowed the commencement of operations at the Import-Export Terminal on 1 November 2019. This milestone also included the opening of the first warehouse, leased to retailer Target, which was followed in early 2020 with occupation by a range of other tenants, including iPlex and Caesarstone Australia. In June 2020, Qube announced that a major distribution centre for retailer Woolworths would occupy about 20 per cent of the available Moorebank Precinct West warehouse land.
1.1 14 Southern Sydney Freight Line NSW 0 - 2 years This project involves the amplification of the Southern Sydney Freight Line through the construction of a passing loop at Cabramatta to support operations at Moorebank Intermodal Terminal. The project is currently in progress and is subject to final business case.
1.1 15 Outer Sydney Orbital NSW 5 - 10 years Outer Sydney Orbital is a freight rail line and motorway linking the North West and South West Growth Areas, connecting with the Western Sydney Airport Growth Area and future employment lands. The corridor protection project is currently in progress with the corridor being identified.
1.1 16 Western Sydney Freight Line NSW 5 - 10 years The project is about freight rail connections to serve the Western Sydney Airport Growth Area, connecting Port Botany to Western Sydney and Western NSW via the Southern Sydney Freight Line and supporting the movement of container and bulk freight by rail across Greater Sydney. The first stage has been preserved (gazettal in June 2020) and will protect the corridor for a dedicated freight rail line between the future Outer Sydney Orbital at Luddenham, through to the M7 at Horsley Park. Stage 2 of the Western Sydney Freight Line is currently under investigation and will be identified to provide a link to the Southern Sydney Freight Line and Port Botany.
1.1 17 Lower Hunter Freight Corridor NSW 5 - 10 years Transport for New South Wales is currently undertaking preliminary investigations to assess options for the Lower Hunter Freight Corridor which will enable a future dedicated freight rail line to be constructed between Fassifern and Hexham, bypassing Newcastle while improving regional and interstate links.
1.1 18 Sydney Airport Road Upgrades NSW 0 - 2 years This project will upgrade roads around Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport and remove the General Holmes Drive level crossing by constructing a road underpass. The project is currently in progress.
1.1 19 Sydney Gateway NSW 3 - 5 years This project will develop a link between West-Connex at St Peters Interchange and the Sydney Airport and Port Botany precinct, improving freight connectivity between Port Botany and the strategic motorway network. The project is currently in progress with procurement activities currently underway for design and construction and the ‘assessment’ stage of planning prior to determination.
1.1 20 Pacific Highway Improvements NSW 0 - 2 years Complete the Coffs Harbour Bypass project on the Pacific Highway. This project is currently in progress with the Coffs Harbour bypass project Submissions Report and Amendment Report currently being available for public viewing. The NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces will then determine project approval and identify any conditions of approval which will apply to the project. Following the NSW decision, the Australian Government Minister for the Environment will need to issue a separate approval for the project. Geotechnical investigations and survey works are continuing. Early construction, including property noise treatments and utilities relocation, is expected to start late 2020.
1.1 21 Easing Sydney's Congestion NSW Ongoing This action will deliver projects to improve freight flows and increase capacity across the Sydney Metropolitan Network. There are a number of key initiatives/programs that are currently in progress, including the Pinch Point program with the NSW Government committing over $825 million to fixing pinch points across Sydney’s road network. The Pinch Point Programs aim to reduce traffic delays, manage congestion and improve travel times on Sydney’s major roads, particularly during weekday peak periods.
1.1 22 Capacity upgrade to Foreshore Road at Port Botany and investigation of truck-only lanes in the port precinct NSW 3 - 5 years The federal and state funded large-scale investigation of a link from Port Botany to Kingsford Smith Airport has not yet commenced. The scope and extent of the work is currently under investigation.
1.1 23 Newell Highway Upgrades NSW 5 - 10 years This project involves upgrades to the Newell Highway including safety infrastructure upgrades and capacity improvements and investigation of where a Performance Based Standards (PBS) 3A vehicle access can be increased in the vicinity of the Newell Highway to support Inland Rail. Project is currently in progress and will be funded by the NSW Government ($520 million) and the Australian Government ($400 million). A further $300 million of Australian Government Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) funding has been enlisted to assist with missing links to align the Newell Highway Corridor to freight and port hubs, which will ensure that key freight roads efficiently connect agricultural and mining regions to ports, airports and other transport hubs.
1.1 24 M1, Hexham, Raymond Terrace Upgrades NSW 5 - 10 years This project would upgrade strategic freight routes connections between the New England Highway, M1 Pacific Motorway through to the Pacific Highway at Black Hill and Raymond Terrace. It is currently in progress with funding received and planning continuing.
1.1 25 Developing and updating regional and District Plans NSW Ongoing This initiative is ongoing as Transport for NSW will continue to ensure that freight and logistics are considered in land use discussions, particularly around important trade gateways such as Port Botany, Sydney Harbour, Sydney Airport, the Western Sydney Airport and Newcastle Port.
  • The rezoning of the Mamre Road precinct was recently announced, protecting the Intermodal Terminal in Western Sydney.
  • Further integrated freight planning is being undertaken with the Western Parkland City Authority.
  • The Western Sydney Freight Line has been partially protected and further protection work is to be undertaken on the line and the Outer Sydney Orbital.
1.1 26 Western Sydney Fuel Pipeline to the Western Sydney Airport NSW 10+ years The Western Sydney Fuel Pipeline to the Western Sydney Airport project includes evaluating options for transporting other bulk liquids by pipeline to maximise the value of proposed the infrastructure. Currently Transport for NSW is undertaking preliminary work to identify route options for the fuel pipeline corridor that will connect with Western Sydney Airport and surrounds. Transport for NSW has commissioned research to determine the most effective and sustainable approach in delivering the pipeline, while minimising the impact of construction on the community and the environment.
1.1 27 West Gate Tunnel Vic; Industry 2018 - 2023 Work is progressing on widening the West Gate Freeway, building the city connections and on the tunnel portals. Project parties are working on a solution for tunnel soil disposal ahead of tunnel boring commencing. Transurban has announced that is expecting to complete the project in 2023.
1.1 28 Western Interstate Freight Terminal Cth; Vic 2018 - 2025 Development of a detailed business case co-funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 for the consideration of governments on funding and next steps.

See also the Major Project Business Case Fund at initiative 4.

1.1 29 North East Link Cth; Vic 2019 - 2027 Major construction works for the North East Link are expected to start early in 2021 with the road opening to traffic in 2027. In 2020 construction begins to move around 100 above and below ground services including power, water, gas, sewer and telecommunications lines to enable development of the North East Link. The successful project design team and design proposal to expected to be announced in late 2020.
1.1 30 Smart Motorways Cth; Qld Ongoing Queensland continues to invest and deploy Smart Motorways technologies on key motorway road corridors in the south east Queensland road network.
  • The Pacific Motorway M1/M3 Gateway merge (construction completed in mid-2020).
  • The Bruce Highway between Caboolture — Bribie Island Road to Caloundra Road interchange (due for business case completion in October 2020).
1.1 31 Toowoomba Wellcamp and Cairns Airports Regional Airport Distribution Centre Pilots Qld 2018 - 2022 The Queensland Government sought expressions of interest offering $10 million from the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund to support construction of regional trade distribution centres. Two proponents, Wagner Holdings Ltd and Air Freight Handling Services, were selected to receive initial funding to develop business cases for the Toowoomba Wellcamp and Cairns airports. Both business cases demonstrated viability and received offers of capital support. Support for construction is being provided under assistance agreements. The Toowoomba Wellcamp Trade Distribution Centre has received development approval and earthworks are underway. The facility is expected to be operational in 2021. Export volumes have increased during the COVID-19 emergency as the airport received increased dedicated freight flights to meet demand. Exporters in Far North Queensland have experienced significant business disruption since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Queensland is working closely with Air Freight Handling Services to position the distribution centre to respond quickly to economic recovery and demand for fresh exports.
1.1 32 Central Queensland Inland Port (Yamala Hub) Qld Ongoing Central Highlands Regional Council received $4.415 million in Queensland Government funding through the Building our Regions program towards the construction of a 1.5 kilometre rail siding, upgrade of the Bonnie Doon Road and Capricorn Highway intersection, upgrade to Bonnie Doon Road and an industrial access road within the area. The Council was recently approved a further $290,000 under Round 5 of Building our Regions towards delivery of a business case and detailed design for the provision of raw and potable water to the area.
1.1 33 Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program Qld 2019 - 2023 The Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2019–20 to 2022–23 ensures that a pipeline of projects continues in the future, particularly in regional Queensland. The Program includes $23 billion of works over the coming four years and will support an estimated 21,500 direct jobs over the life of the program. Of this, approximately $14.5 billion has been allocated to projects in regional Queensland that will support an estimated 13,720 direct jobs over the life of the program.
1.1 34 Toowoomba Bypass Qld Completed In September 2019 the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Bypass was commissioned. The Toowoomba Bypass is 41 kilometres long, connecting the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa to the Gore Highway at Athol, via Charlton. The bypass is primarily a freight route which has been designed and built to accommodate larger heavy vehicles (type 1 road trains, B-Triples and PBS Level 3 heavy vehicles). It offers truck operators more options to configure their freight movements providing increased freight efficiencies and significant cost savings along this key regional freight route.
1.1 35 Agtech and Logistics Hub in Toowoomba Qld 2020 As an immediate action of the Building our Innovation Economy – Advance Queensland Strategy, the Queensland Government is contributing $3.3 million towards the establishment and operation of a new Agtech and Logistics Hub in Toowoomba. The hub will bring together industry, start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, researchers and training providers, and leverage the existing ecosystem and infrastructure, to solve industry’s challenges and grow start up opportunities through innovation. Tenders for the opportunity to establish and operate the hub close on 23 July 2020, with the hub anticipated to commence operations in September 2020.
1.1 36 Bruce Highway Upgrade Program Qld; Cth 2013 - 2028 The Bruce Highway Upgrade Program continues to be delivered by the Queensland Government. The program is a 15-year, $12.6 billion program being delivered between 2013 and 2028. The program expenditure in 2019–20 was $860 million. The Bruce Highway Upgrade Program continues to deliver major capital projects designed to improve flood immunity at key crossings. The Bruce Highway Link Flood Study, completed in 2020, has become a key document for future planning. With projects delivered to date, the Pine River to Gympie link has seen a 4 per cent reduction in annual exceedance probability.
1.1 37 Warrego Highway, Gateway Motorway and Pacific Motorway upgrades Cth; Qld Ongoing Work continues to progress on projects committed on the Warrego Highway, Gateway Motorway and Pacific Motorway. The Gateway Upgrade North project was completed in early 2019, with a further $1 billion committed by the Australian Government and Queensland Government (80:20 basis) to upgrade the section between Bracken Ridge and Pine River. The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads recently completed two major upgrades on the Pacific Motorway (M1/M3 Merge and Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes), with works now underway on the Varsity Lakes and Tugun upgrade and the Eight Plains and Daisy Hill upgrade.
1.1 38 Flood Link Study for Inland Ral Route Cth; Qld 2021 The Queensland and Australian Governments have set up an independent international panel of experts to provide advice on the flood model and structural designs developed by the Australian Rail Track Corporation for Inland Rail in Queensland. The Panel is established and is currently reviewing the 21 flood models between the border and Kagaru.
1.1 39 Development of the Kenwick Intermodal Terminal WA Short term Arc Infrastructure has completed the reference design. The project has been fully costed and discussions are occurring with the Western Australian Government in relation to progressing the project.
1.1 40 NorthLink Cth; WA Short term The third and final section of the NorthLink WA road project (a 22 km dual carriageway between Ellenbrook and Muchea) was completed in April 2020. Northlink WA stretches from Morley to Muchea providing a free flow link, doubling the road capacity and improving journey times and freight vehicle productivity. The NorthLink WA project was jointly funded with the Australian Government providing $820.84 million and the Western Australian Government $204.06 million.
1.1 41 Replacement of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge (road and rail) WA; Cth Short term Planning and development work are ongoing. Main Roads WA is currently progressing procurement and the appointment of contractors, with the intent to commence construction work in late 2021 subject to environmental approval.
1.1 42 Commence road upgrades: Wheatbelt, Mid-West and Gascoyne Regions WA; Cth Medium term Main Roads WA has developed a ‘Route Strategy Operational Plan’ which identifies ‘ultimate’ Restricted Access Vehicle access for State Roads across Western Australia.
1.1 43 Container Freight Staging Facilities WA Medium term Investigation of a potential freight staging facility was delayed in early 2020 due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Initial discussions have occurred between Fremantle Ports, the Department of Transport and Main Roads WA, and a consultation meeting is scheduled for July to assess industry stakeholder views.
1.1 44 20 Year Infrastructure Strategy and 5 Year Capital Intentions Statement SA Ongoing Infrastructure South Australia released the inaugural 20-Year State Infrastructure Strategy on 13 May 2020. This inaugural Strategy sets the long-term strategic direction and initial priorities for infrastructure development in South Australia, which will be built upon in future iterations. The Strategy takes a state-wide view and aims to achieve the following objectives:
  • Sustained economic and jobs growth.Planned population growth.
  • Connected and productive regions.
  • A vibrant, global Adelaide.
  • Enviable liveability.

It has been informed by broad consultation with industry, community groups and within government. Infrastructure SA participated in various interactive sessions with industry groups and key stakeholders as well as community consultation undertaken as part of the Government’s regional development strategy.

1.1 45 North South Corridor Business Case - remaining sections SA; Cth Ongoing The North — South Corridor Program Delivery Office was established to progress assessment, funding and delivery of the remaining 10.5km River Torrens to Darlington stage, which will complete the 78 kilometre non-stop motorway linking the Northern and Southern Suburbs.
1.1 46 Kangaroo Island Ferry Service Tender SA 1 July 2024 The SA Government has committed to undertake a competitive tender process for the Kangaroo Island ferry service. The procurement will seek to achieve a safe, efficient, reliable, and cost effective ferry service carrying passengers, freight and related vehicles.
1.1 47 North-South Corridor: Darlington Upgrade Project SA; Cth 2014 - 2020 The upgrade to motorway standard of approximately 3.3 kilometres of the existing Main South Road was open to traffic in July 2020.
1.1 48 North-South Corridor: Northern Connector Project SA; Cth 2016 - 2020 A six-lane, 15.5 kilometre motorway providing a vital freight and commuter link between the Northern Expressway, South Road Superway and Port River Expressway was completed and open to traffic 7 March 2020.
1.1 49 North-South Corridor: South Road-Regency to Pym Street SA; Cth 2019 - 2022 A new 1.8 kilometre section of non-stop motorway along South Road will connect the completed motorway sections, resulting in a 47 kilometre non-stop motorway between Gawler and the River Torrens.
1.1 50 Penola Bypass SA; Cth; Local Government 2019 - 2020 The bypass of the Penola Township was completed with the opening of the Northern section on 7 April 2020.
1.1 51 Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication SA; Cth 2019 - 2022 The procurement and early works for the duplication of the critical bridge across the Spencer Gulf for commuter, commercial and freight vehicles in the northern region of South Australia is completed. Delivery is due to commence in the third quarter 2020.
1.1 52 Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication Project SA; Cth 2020 - 2022 The procurement and early works for upgrading the Augusta Highway to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for all road users, particularly during peak travel times and public holidays, and improve safety and freight productivity is completed. Delivery is due to commence in the third quarter 2020.
1.1 53 Main South Road Duplication Stage 1 SA 2020 - 2024 Procurement is anticipated to commence for the duplication of approximately 10 kilometres of Main South Road from south of Griffiths Drive in Seaford to Aldinga to improve access to the Fleurieu Peninsula in late September/early October 2020.
1.1 54 Portrush Road/Magill Road intersection upgrade SA 2020 - 2022 Procurement is anticipated to commence shortly for part of the National Land Transport Network and the Outer Ring Route, which is a major traffic route and freight route. Construction is due to commence in early 2021.
1.1 55 Cross Road/Fullarton Road SA; Cth 2020 - 2022 Procurement is anticipated to commence for part of Adelaide’s Outer Ring Route connecting the South Eastern Freeway to the North South Corridor in December 2020. Construction is due to commence in early 2021.
1.1 56 Torrens Road (Ovingham) and Brighton Road (Hove) level crossings SA; Cth 2020 - 2023 The grade separation of the level crossings will lead to improved travel times for motorists, increased freight productivity and safety for all road users. Construction of both projects is expected to commence in mid-2021.
1.1 57 Glen Osmond/Fullarton Road intersection upgrade SA; Cth 2020 - 2022 Glen Osmond and Fullarton Roads are major traffic and primary freight routes. The intersection upgrade will improve travel times and network reliability. Procurement is anticipated to commence in December 2020, with delivery to commence in early 2021.
1.1 58 Main North Road/Nottage Terrace junction upgrade SA; Cth 2020 - 2022 As part of the Inner Ring Route and key freight routes, upgrading this intersection will improve moving traffic from the north east to the south, bypassing Adelaide’s CBD. Procurement is anticipated to commence in September 2020, with construction expected to commence late 2020.
1.1 59 Main North/McIntyre/Kings Road intersection upgrade SA; Cth 2020 - 2021 This section is part of the major traffic and freight route servicing the northern suburbs. The Expression of Interest was released July 2020, with delivery expected to commence late 2020.
1.1 60 Grand Junction/Hampstead Road intersection upgrade SA; Cth 2020 - 2022 This section is part of the Outer Ring Route providing important freight connectivity to the industrial areas of the northwest. Procurement is anticipated to commence in September 2020, with delivery due to commence in early 2021.
1.1 61 Victor Harbor Road duplication - Main South Road to McLaren Vale SA; Cth 2020 - 2024 Duplication will accommodate growing traffic volumes and improve safety, and improve connectivity to the South Coast. Planning is advanced, with the procurement phase expected to commence late 2020. Major construction is expected to commence in early 2021.
1.1 62 Roads of Strategic Importance - $4.5 billion Cth; Tas 2018 - 2030 The Australian Government has committed $530 million to a program of investment in Roads of Strategic Importance in Tasmania. Projects to receive funding through this investment program include:
  • Tasman Highway — Hobart to Sorell.
  • Bass Highway — Wynyard to Marrawah.
  • Murchison Highway.

The Tasmanian Government has provided $133 million as a 20 per cent contribution to this program. This is funded within the State Road Upgrades - North West and West Coast Regions, South East Traffic Solution and the Tasmanian Roads of Strategic Importance program.

1.1 63 Tasmania Integrated Freight Strategy Tas Ongoing The Tasmanian Integrated Freight Strategy is focused on delivering a contemporary framework that links freight demand and investment, integrates planning and investment across modes, prioritises freight assets and supports improved project evaluation and freight system information.
1.1 64 Burnie to Hobart Integrated Freight Corridor Cth; Tas Ongoing The Burnie to Hobart Freight Corridor is the core of the Tasmanian land transport network, connecting all major population, industrial and export centres. The program initiatives include a range of road and rail improvements to the corridor, such as intersection upgrades and lane duplications.
1.1 65 Hobart Airport Interchange Upgrade Cth; Tas 2020 - 2022 The Tasmanian and Australian Governments have committed $50 million to construct a four-lane interchange that will replace the Hobart Airport roundabout. The new interchange will facilitate future traffic volumes, increased freight movements and improve safety.
1.1 66 Cooee Bottleneck Cth; Tas 2020 - 2024 This action involves implementing priority projects identified in the Australian Government funded Cooee to Wynyard Planning study, including replacement of the Cam River Bridge.
1.1 67 Upgrade the Tasman Highway Sideling Cth; Tas 2021/22 - 2023/24 The Australian and Tasmanian Governments have committed $50 million to upgrade the Tasman Highway Sideling.
1.1 68 ACT Transport Corridors Study ACT Completed The ACT Transport Corridors Study was completed in 2019. Feasibility and design work for the Monaro Highway and Pialligo Avenue Improvements Program is progressing and a number of projects identified are now in the delivery phase.
1.1 69 Katherine Logistics and Agribusiness Hub NT 3 years The Stage 1 external headwork’s (power feeders, water distribution mains and road intersection) is within the Victoria Highway road reserve and is not constrained by the acquisition of the pastoral lease or native title, which is progressing. The power and intersection works are ready to be tendered immediately, and the water distribution mains is planned to be tendered on completion of the design in November 2020. The site for the Stage 1 water storage tanks and future Stage 2 sewer pump station are located on part of NT Portion 5043, owned by Katherine Town Council with agreement in place to transfer to the Northern Territory Government. The Stage 3 elevated water tank will be designed in conjunction with the Stage 1 water storage tank and can be brought forward for tender with the water storage tank in 2021.

Action 1.2

Provide regional and remote Australia with infrastructure capable of connecting regions and communities to major gateways, through land links, regional airports or coastal shipping

Where do we want to be by 2024?

  • Better linkages from major regional and remote producer areas to freight corridors and trade gateways (ports and airports).
  • Improved all weather access to export gateways, including in Northern Australia.
  • All levels of government to improve and upgrade infrastructure in regional and remote areas to lift regional freight productivity, access and safety across all modes and delivery of essential goods and services to isolated communities.
  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
1.2 70 Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility - $5 billion Cth 2016 - 2026 The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is a $5 billion lending facility to provide loans to infrastructure projects in northern Australia. As at 20 July 2020, the NAIF has invested:
  • $227.5 million in three airport projects across northern Queensland and the Northern Territory with a total project value of $407.5 million, and
  • $16.8 million in a port project in Western Australia, with a total project value of $120 million.
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On 17 July 2020, it was announced that the NAIF will be extended for a further five years, allowing it to continue to provide finance to a strong pipeline of infrastructure projects in the north until mid-2026.

1.2 71 Roads of Strategic Importance - $4.5 billion Cth; State Government 2018 - 2030 See initiative 8.
1.2 72 Northern Australia Roads Program - $600 million Cth; QLD; WA; NT 2016 - 2021 The Northern Australia Roads Program is well advanced with eight projects completed and 11 projects underway. A final project (Peak Downs Highway) is due to commence in Q4 2020. $279.74 million has been committed to Queensland under the Northern Australia Roads Program, with $223.80 million in federal funding and $55.94 million state funding.
1.2 73 Northern Australia Beef Roads Program - $100 million Cth; QLD; WA; NT 2016 - 2021 The Northern Australia Beef Roads Program is in its final stages with 16 projects completed and one project underway. A final project (Gregory Developmental Road) is due to commence in Q4 2020. The works included road reconstruction, realignment and installation of passing lanes, resulting in improved freight capacity and connectivity, increased flood immunity and improvements to road safety. $76.1 million has been committed to Queensland under the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program, with $56.9 million in federal funding, $19.2 million state funding and relevant local government contributions. The Australian Government also committed $12.5 million and the Western Australian Government $3.1 million for one West Australian project; and in the Northern Territory the Australian Government committed $30.3 million and the Northern Territory Government $7.6 million for two projects.
1.2 74 Bridges Renewal Program Cth; Local Government 2015 - 2023 The Bridges Renewal Program has an emphasis on regional areas. More than 80 per cent of funding to date has been spent on projects outside of capital cities. See initiative 9 for more progress information.
1.2 75 Upgrades to port infrastructure in external territories - $31.9 million Cth 2016 - 2020 The Australian Government is currently finalising an Approach to Market for the replacement of the Christmas Islands Crane and Moorings systems to which $26.2 million has been allocated. Should the Approach to Market be deemed successful and a contract signed, works are slated to begin in the second quarter of the 2020-21 financial year. Funding received for the Detailed Business Case creation have been expended and it is currently being worked into a Strategic Asset Management Plan to be put forward to the Australian Government to seek appropriate funding levels for asset management within the Territories for all asset classes, including the ports.
1.2 76 Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productiviyt Program - $508 million Cth 2013 - 2023 The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program has an emphasis on regional areas. Since 2015, more than 90 per cent of funds have been spent on regional and rural projects. This particularly includes projects off the major highway network and includes primary producers. See initiative 10 for more progress information.
1.2 77 Adelaide to Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration - $252 million Cth 2017 - 2021 The Australian Government is fully funding the Australian Rail Track Corporation to undertake the Adelaide to Tarcoola re-railing project. The works will improve productivity of existing services and improve operating performance to allow heavier, more efficient freight trains to operate at faster speeds. The project is progressing well with only minor works (Gawler Rail Bridge) left to be completed in early 2021.
1.2 78 Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program - $44 million Cth 2019 - 2021 The Australian Government has announced 20 eligible proposals under the Interface Improvement Program, which will provide proponents with pre-feasibility, feasibility study and strategic business case support to study the benefits and costs of proposed ideas and make a case for further investment. Appropriate business case studies are underway between proponents and Ernst & Young-led business advisor teams, based on project plans that have determined the scope, required stakeholder consultation and gateway starting point information requirements for developing each proposal. Potential proponents have been invited to submit proposals for a second round of Expressions of Interest that is open from 10 August to 18 September 2020.
1.2 79 Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation - Cth: $187.6 million; Tas: $187.6 million Cth; Tas 2015 - 2023 The three tranches of the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Program include a range of upgrades such as sleeper and rail replacement, formation rectification, yard and terminal track work, level crossing upgrades, and rail corridor drainage improvements. These upgrades will reduce the operational costs of freight movements, improve reliability and reduce transit times. Upgrades under Tranches 1 and 2 commenced in 2015 and are expected to be completed by mid-2023. Upgrades under Tranche 3, which commenced in 2019, are also expected to be completed by mid-2023. Tranche 3 also includes the Port of Burnie Shiploader Upgrade. The existing shiploader will be replaced with a modern unit to improve productivity and support the Tasmanian mining industry. The new shiploader will be operational by mid-2022.

Building on the benefits of Tranche 1, Tranche 2 is being delivered over four years and has resulted in mainline derailments reaching record lows, while maintaining downward pressure on Temporary Speed Restrictions and maintenance costs. Tranche 2 is being delivered on time and on budget, in partnership with Tasmanian civil contractors. Building on the benefits of Tranche 2, Tranche 3 will continue to replace near life expired rail and sleepers, upgrades bridges/drainage and focus on underlying formation issues. This will continue to apply downward pressure on single points of failure, speed restrictions and maintenance costs.

1.2 80 Inland Rail Cth; NSW; Vic; Qld 2018 - 2025 Construction of the first section of the Inland Rail project is near completion and notable benefits for the community have been realised:
  • Construction for the Parkes to Narromine (P2N) section was completed in September 2020, with construction for the Narrabri to North Star section commencing in coming months.
  • Up to July 2020, 1834 people have worked on the P2N project so far, with 761 of these workers local to the region.
  • Inland Rail’s construction for P2N has already begun injecting significant dollars into local businesses and the local economy – the value of the spend in the local economy is greater than $100 million so far, including a total of $13.4 million spent with nine Indigenous businesses.

Preconstruction works on other sections are well progressed. Field investigation and reference design for the other 11 project sections are near completion, with eight sections completing the reference design stage and five sections expected to progress to public exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement in the second half of 2020. The last bilateral agreement was executed with Queensland in November 2019. The Australian Rail Track Corporation has been working with state governments to settle the enabling agreements for the delivery of the project.

1.2 81 Regional Aviation Access Program - $58.7 million Cth 2015 - TBD The Regional Aviation Access Program is comprised of the following components: the Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme; the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program; and the Remote Aerodrome Inspection Program. Two rounds of funding have been announced under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program, providing assistance of $19 million to 79 projects for safety and access upgrades. A further funding round is anticipated later in 2020, which is expected to exhaust the funding allocation. The Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme provides connectivity to 266 remote communities through weekly flights, conveying passengers, essential supplies, food and mail.
1.2 82 Regional Airports Program Cth 2019 - 2023 The Regional Airports Program provides funding to assist operators of regional aerodromes to undertake safety and access works. On 13 June 2020, $41.2 million in funding was announced for 60 regional airport projects under Round 1 of the Program. A further funding round is anticipated later in 2020, which is expected to exhaust the funding allocation.
1.2 83 Black Spot Program (road safety) Cth Ongonig Under the Black Spot Program guidelines, 50 per cent of funding is to be allocated to regional and rural areas. Since 2013-14, 58 per cent of funding has been allocated to projects outside urban centres Australia-wide.
1.2 84 Roads to Recovery program - $6.1 billion Cth 2013 - 2024 The Roads to Recovery Program allocates funding to all councils Australia-wide to support the maintenance of the nation’s local road infrastructure assets, which connects Australian regions and communities and improves safety and economic and social outcomes. Since 2013-14, $4.15 billion has been paid to eligible funding recipients under the Roads to Recovery Program.
1.2 85 Deliver and improve key freight programs and projects NSW 3 - 5 years This includes the Restart NSW funding committed from 2017-18 to 2022-23 for Fixing Country Roads ($543 million) and Fixing Country Rail ($400 million). Fixing Country Roads has made $439.7 million available for 324 projects. Fixing Country Rail has made $439.7 million available for 324 projects. Fixing Country Rail has made available up to $210.9 million for 20 projects across the NSW network.
1.2 86 Implement the NSW Heavy Vehicle Access Policy Framework NSW 0 - 2 years This initiative is complete with further business as usual activities underway. The framework applies to higher productivity vehicles across the whole of NSW, reducing the need for operators of Performance Based Standards fleets to obtain permits on a case-by-case basis.
1.2 87 Fund infrastructure improvements to increase high productivity vehicle road access NSW Ongoing The NSW Government will continue with the Fixing Country Roads, Bridges for the Bush and the Regional Road Freight Corridor Fund programs:
  • Fixing Country Roads - $543 million program of which $439.7 million has been made available for 324 projects. To date 184 projects or 57 per cent have been completed.
  • Bridges for the Bush: of the 25 projects in the program, 14 bridges have been complete, and open to the public, seven bridges in delivery, three in concept/development and one currently on hold.
  • Regional Road Freight Corridor Fund – five projects have been completed, 16 projects are on track for delivery and four projects are delayed but progressing.
1.2 88 Provide funding under the Regional Road Freight Corridor Fund to upgrade key regional highways NSW Ongoing Five projects have been completed, sixteen projects are on track for delivery and four projects are delayed but progressing. The Oxley Highway Safety and Realignment Works have delivered four of the five safety upgrade projects. The final project is scheduled to commence construction in 2020/2021.
1.2 89 Encourage coastal shipping through planning and other initiatives NSW Ongoing The NSW Government will encourage coastal shipping by appropriate planning to support the continued operation of the port at Glebe Island and White Bay. This is currently in progress with discussions with industry underway.
1.2 90 Saving Lives on Country Roads Program NSW 0 - 2 years This initiative has been completed with projects in development and delivery. This will deliver safety upgrades on country roads, including flexible barriers to separate oncoming traffic and protect vehicles from roadside hazards. The total investment in reducing deaths and serious injuries on NSW roads over the next five years is $1.9 billion.
1.2 91 Assist local councils to plan for freight needs NSW Ongoing This initiative has been completed. Transport for NSW has provided guidance on freight needs and has worked with local councils in developing their strategic development statements. This will be an ongoing initiative to support local councils to plan for current and future freight and logistics requirements in their Local Government Area, and reflect priorities in their local strategic planning statements, including by providing assistance to identify current and future freight and logistics requirements.
1.2 92 Regional Rail Freight Network Planning - Note: Previously named 'Regional Rail Standardisation Vic Ongoing The Victorian Department of Transport has completed a detailed assessment of the state of the existing regional rail freight network and is preparing further advice for the Government on a new approach for the future of the network.
1.2 93 Murray Basin Rail Project Cth; Vic Ongoing A review of the project business case has been completed and is being considered by the Victorian and Australian Governments. The Victorian Government is in discussions with the Australian Government to agree funding to progress the project. Announcements regarding remaining works will be made once funding is finalised.
1.2 94 Bruce Highway Action Plan Qld; Cth 2013 - 2028 The Bruce Highway Upgrade Program continues to be delivered by Queensland. The program is a jointly-funded 15-year, $12.6 billion program being delivered between 2013 and 2028. As at July 2020, major projects completed under the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program include Cattle and Frances Creek upgrade (Ingham), Townsville Ring Road Stage 4, Yeppoon Flood Plain Upgrade (Rockhampton), Cooroy to Curra Sections A and C and Boundary Road Interchange (Narangba). Major projects currently underway include Cairns South Access Stage 4 (Kate Street to Aumuller Street), Haughton River Floodplain, Mackay Ring Road – Stage 1 and Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway upgrade, with further major projects committed, such as Rockhampton Ring Road and Cooroy to Curra – Section D. As part of the 2017 state election, the Queensland Government committed to establishing the Bruce Highway Trust Advisory Council. The inaugural meeting of the Advisory Council occurred in July 2020. The Advisory Council’s responsible for establishing a 15-year Vision and rolling five-year Action Plans to inform future investment priorities in this key road transport corridor (Brisbane – Cairns). $10 million has been allocated over two years (2019–20 to 2020–21) for this purpose.
1.2 95 Warrego Highway Upgrade Program - $635 million funded on an 80:20 basis by the Australian Government and Queensland Government Qld; Cth Ongoing The Warrego Highway Upgrade Program is a package of 20 approved projects between Toowoomba and west of Miles (15 original projects and five additional approved projects). Eighteen projects are complete with the remaining projects scheduled to be completed by December 2020. In 2019, the Australian Government and Queensland Government committed a further $400 million (on an 80:20 basis) towards the Warrego Highway. Project details and timing subject to further planning and negotiation with the Australian Government, noting the Queensland Government’s initial priority is upgrading the Mount Crosby Road interchange.
1.2 96 Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme Qld Ongoing The Queensland Government provides a $70 million targeted investment in local government transport infrastructure each year through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme. The majority of Scheme funding is provided as an annual allocation to Regional Roads and Transport Groups (RRTG) across the state for the development and delivery of projects across the shared network. The Scheme is provided on a matched funding basis to local governments that have formed one of the 17 RRTGs. Representatives from each RRTG member council and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads voluntarily work together to make road and transport infrastructure investment decisions based on their regional priorities. The Scheme model provides local government with funding certainty, which promotes good planning and best value delivery methods. It also assists to maintain local government employment in regional areas.
1.2 97 Bruce Highway Safety Package Qld; Cth Ongoing The Bruce Highway Safety Package looks to improve the overall safety of the highway. To date, safety improvements delivered as part of Bruce Highway Upgrade Program include:
  • Hundreds of kilometres of wide centre line treatments.
  • Shoulder sealing and audio tactile line markings.
  • 27 new rest areas/stopping places.
  • Various intersection improvements (such as protected right-hand turns) along the corridor.
1.2 98 Heavy Vehicle Safety Action Plan Qld 2019 - 2021 Pre-construction activities have commenced to explore the installation of on-site technologies to provide timely rest area availability information along the Bruce Highway. The plan encourages the increased uptake of telematics and other safety technologies for business and/or regulatory purposes.
  99 Develop major route plans on major highways WA Completed 98 route development and management plans for the rural WA network have been completed. The subsequent network analysis identified network programs for widening, overtaking lanes, geometry improvements, bridge upgrades and rest area improvements.
1.2 100 Wheatbelt Strategic Secondary road freight network WA; Cth Short term The Wheatbelt Strategic Freight Network identified 80 routes that create an efficient, sustainable and cost-effective integrated freight transport network. This has led to a $70 million commitment by the Australian Government through the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, matched by $17.5 million of state funds.
1.2 101 Revitalising Agricultural Freight Strategy WA Short term The final Revitalising Agricultural Region Freight Strategy, released in June 2020, includes a prioritised multi-modal project list. Discussions are currently occurring with industry in relation to progressing some of the key projects identified.
1.2 102 GlobeLink business case SA 2018 - 2019 GlobeLink proposed a new freight rail bypass and road bypass of the Adelaide Hills from the southeast to enter Adelaide from the north, and a 24/7 freight-only airport and intermodal export park at the Murray bridge end of the corridor. $2.4 million was invested to fund a Master Plan and business case. Analysis of road and rail bypass options identified that none were viable or likely to be justified based upon current population and employment projections. Preliminary cost estimates for the original GlobeLink road/rail proposals totalled $7.3 billion, with other options ranging up to $18.2 billion. The Benefit Cost Ratio of shortlisted options ranged from 0.08 to 0.21. With spare capacity at Adelaide Airport, a new competing freight airport is not justified. There is, however, a distinct opportunity to provide more direct air connections to new international destinations to open up additional export markets. Several road connectivity options are identified for future investigation to explore opportunities that could deliver upon the objectives of GlobeLink in the long term.
1.2 103 Strzelecki Track Wider Economic Benefit Analysis SA 2019 - 2020 Further work has been undertaken to understand the additional economic value of upgrading and sealing the Strzelecki track. The study focused on benefits that are additional to those captured by traditional transport infrastructure modelling methodologies and quantitatively measure the benefits specific to industry and the public via producer and consumer surplus created from supply chain efficiencies, production efficiencies, greater market access and the associated reduction in environmental externalities. As a result, an additional $49.3 million in benefits was identified in present value terms. These outputs will now be used to update the business case.
1.2 104 Grain/minerals port on Eyre Peninsula SA Ongoing Infrastructure South Australia have been tasked with the identification of the optimum location for a grain/minerals port on Eyre Peninsula as one of ten major infrastructure projects identified in the Government’s Strong Plan for South Australia.
1.2 105 Roads of Strategic Importance - Port Augusta to Perth (SA section including Eyre Peninsula netowrk) corridor; Cockburn to Burra corridor; Renmark to Gawler corridor; Onkaparinga Valley Road/Tiers Road/Nairne Road intersection upgrade SA; Cth 2020 - 2024 South Australian projects funded through the Australian Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance initiative aim to better connect businesses to national and international markets.
  • Sturt Highway - Renmark to Gawler: Anticipated procurement for various packages to commence fourth quarter 2020 to second quarter 2022.
  • Barrier Highway - Cockburn to Burra: Anticipated procurement for various packages to commence fourth quarter 2020 to second quarter 2022.
  • Eyre Highway - Port Augusta to Perth (South Australian section only): Anticipated procurement for various packages to commence fourth quarter 2020 to third quarter 2022.
  • Lower Eyre Peninsula improvements: Anticipated procurement for various packages to commence third quarter 2020 to second quarter 2022.
  • Onkaparinga Valley Road/Tiers Road/Nairne Road intersection upgrade: Construction expected to commence in early 2021.
1.2 106 Horrocks Highway improvements SA; Cth 2020 - 2024 This project includes the installation of overtaking lanes and shoulder sealing, improvements to the Gladstone level crossing, and the replacement of a bridge north of Melrose. Procurement for various packages is anticipated to commence in the fourth quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2022. The delivery of various packages is due to commence during 2021.
1.2 107 Productivity improvements (Thomas foods facility, Dublin Saleyards, Bratten Bridge, Naracoorte roundabouts, Kroemers Crossing) SA; Cth 2020 - 2021 This project involves infrastructure upgrades facilitating improved access for high productivity vehicles.
  • Thomas Foods Facility — Road construction commenced in June 2020 to be completed by late 2020.
  • Dublin Saleyards – Construction/delivery due to commence early 2021.
  • Kroemers Crossing – Construction/delivery completed August 2020.
  • Naracoorte Roundabouts – Stage 1, roundabouts completed June 2020, stage 2, sale yards access construction/delivery due to be completed mid 2021.
  • Bratten Bridge – Completed July 2020.
1.2 108 Remote Areas Consultative Group SA Ongoing South Australia is currently chairing the Remote Areas Consultative Group, which aims to improve the efficiency and productivity of transport in remote Australia.
1.2 109 Rural Roads Package - Safety Package (i.e. overtaking lanes, shoulder sealing, and pavement and intersection improvements) SA; Cth 2020 - 2023 This project involves road infrastructure improvements aimed at increasing safety. The package of works is expected to be completed by Q1 2023.
1.2 110 Annual program works:
  • Rural and remote upgrades — Adventure Way, Oodnadatta Track, Strzelecki and Birdsville Track
  • Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program — Lincoln Highway rest areas and Tod and Birdseye Highways shoulder sealing
SA Ongoing Projects delivered under annual program works will assist freight network connectivity, reliability and safety. Sealing of the Adventure Way between the South Australian/Queensland border and Innamincka is scheduled to commence in July 2020. On 23 June 2020, the South Australian Government committed to seal 50 kilometres of the Strzelecki track north of Lyndhurst. The project is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2020, with completion expected in the last quarter of 2021, weather permitting. The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program works are staged with ongoing procurement and delivery under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative.
1.2 111 90 Day Project - Improving Road Transport for Primary Production SA 2015 - 2019 Remaining actions have transitioned to current planning streams for further investigation or delivery as funding permits.
1.2 112 Bass Strait Ferry Replacement Program TT-Line 2020 - 2028 The Tasmanian Government is exploring local and national options and possibilities to support the replacement of TT-Line’s two Spirit of Tasmania vessels. This policy direction reflects the impact of COVID-19 on Australian and Tasmanian industry and businesses, and the opportunity to explore how much of that investment could occur within Australia. A taskforce will be established to identify local procurement, purchasing and manufacturing options.
1.2 113 Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan Cth; Tas 2015 - 2025 The Australian and Tasmanian Governments have committed $500 million funding for improving safety for passenger and freight movements on this key highway. The Australian Government’s contribution is made under the Building Our Future Program.
1.2 114 Bridgewater Bridge Replacement Cth; Tas 2019 - 2024 Replacement of the Bridgewater Bridge, north of Hobart, represents the largest ever investment in a single transport infrastructure project in Tasmania. Planning for the $576 million project is underway, with the Government confirming the key design requirements and releasing two initial design options. The planning and environmental assessment and approvals process will commence later this year. An Early Contractor Involvement procurement process will also shortly commence, which will select two contractors to enter a competitive design and tender process to determine a final design. Construction is scheduled to start in 2022.
1.2 115 New bulk minerals ship loader at Burnie Port Cth; Tas 2021 - 2022 A new bulk minerals shiploader at the Burnie Port will help secure the future of the Tasmanian mining industry. TasRail will build and operate the new shiploader, which is connected to the road and rail network. Construction of the new shiploader will occur in 2020-21 and 2021-22. The shiploader will significantly increase load rate per hour, increasing productivity for the mining industry.
1.2 116 Prefeasibility analysis for upgrades to Canberra to Sydney rail infrastructure ACT; NSW Complete The ACT Government has completed pre-feasibility studies for Sydney to Canberra rail upgrades under the 2018-19 ACT Budget allocations. These investigations complement those underway by the NSW Government. The ACT will continue to work with the NSW Government and Australian Government on upgrades to this corridor to support improved passenger services as well as infrastructure and track upgrades which support freight movements.
1.2 117 East-west Regional Freight Network ACT Ongoing The submission to the 2020 Infrastructure Priority List was accepted in relation to the high priority initiative ‘National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy’. The ACT will continue exploring Australian Government funding opportunities to support the submission.
1.2 118 Feasibility of Canberra to Eden railway line NSW; ACT Long term The NSW Government is undertaking a feasibility study of a Canberra to Eden railway line. The ACT has supported the concept in principle, recognising the potential benefits to Canberra and the Canberra Region. The ACT participated in stakeholder consultation undertaken by the NSW Government during 2019 and awaits the next outputs from the investigation.
1.2 119 Northern Territory Airports Expansion Program NT 2 years Construction has commenced on the cold storage, freight and training facility. It is anticipated that construction will be completed in September 2020 and the facility will open in October 2020. Solar energy farms at Darwin, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Airports: Investigations and due diligence activities have commenced; timing of the works has been largely contingent on the supply authority finalising the Generator Performance Standards. NT Airports are now targeting Solar - Phase 1 works commencement in 2020-21 subject to project viability and board approval. Resurfacing Alice Springs runway, taxiways, apron and new runway lighting: The works were practically completed in November 2019, with the final grooving works completed in March 2020.
1.2 120 Development of a Darwin Ship Lift Facility NT 3 years The $400 million Darwin Ship Lift Facility will be capable of servicing offshore petroleum, fishing, pearling and Defence and Border Force vessels. The Ship Lift will be a common user facility, which will operate on a commercial basis. There will be a legislated open access regime to ensure fair and equal use for all customers. Pricing and access will be overseen by the independent Utilities Commission. The Northern Territory Government is working to finalise a project development agreement with the Paspaley Group to operate the facility and attain all relevant environmental and development approvals. The Northern Territory Government engaged GHD to prepare a Procurement Strategy to deliver the project. It is envisaged that a contract(s) will be awarded in late 2020, with construction scheduled to commence in 2021 (subject to obtaining relevant approvals).

Action 1.3

Identify and support digital infrastructure and communication services necessary for improved and innovative supply chains

Where do we want to be by 2024?

  • Improved mobile coverage along major freight corridors through initiatives such as the Mobile Black Spot Program.
  • New infrastructure to be future-proofed.
  • Digital infrastructure deployed to support innovative operations and technology improvements.

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
1.3 121 Developing a world-leading satellite positional capability for Australia Cth 2018 - 2025 Geoscience Australia’s (GA) Positioning Australia program is building a national positioning capability to provide all Australians with access to instant and reliable location data accurate to 3-5 centimetres in areas where there is mobile or internet coverage and 10 centimetres everywhere else – a significant improvement on the current 5-10-metre accuracy. An independent study shows that accurate, instant and reliable positioning will generate $6.2 billion in the Australian economy over 30 years through new technologies and greater efficiencies.21 To deliver this:
  • GA has signed agreements with all states and territories to bring data from their Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) ground stations into the Positioning Australia GNSS network as part of GA’s work to deliver a national positioning infrastructure capability. This led to a 400 per cent increase in the number of users of GA’s positioning infrastructure.
  • GA is continuing to upgrade its existing GNSS ground stations and install new ones in order to densify the GNSS network and improve performance.
  • In partnership with New Zealand, GA is conducting a procurement process to deliver a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for Australia and New Zealand, delivering decimetre-level accuracy to both countries and the maritime zones between them, without the need for mobile phone or internet reception. GA expects the SBAS capability to be fully certified and operational by 2025.
  • GA has released two geodetic reference frameworks that align Australian positioning information with world-leading applications, which improves access and efficiency of geodetic data to support centimetre level positioning.
  • GA has released open source software that is capable of determining satellite orbits, positions and timing errors, and is capable of managing the acquisition, processing and delivery of multi-GNSS data and related products.
1.3 122 Access to spectrum Cth Ongoing The spectrum auction for the 3.6 GHz band concluded in late 2018. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has made a number of planning decisions relevant to freight applications such as connected and automated vehicles, including:
  • Class licensing arrangements authorising the operation of intelligent transport systems, and
  • Proposed arrangements to support Internet of Things applications in the VHF high band.
1.3 123 Continue the Mobile Black Spot Program Cth 2014 - 2023 The Australian Government has committed $380 million to date to the Mobile Black Spot Program to invest in telecommunications infrastructure projects that improve mobile coverage and competition across Australia. To date, 1,229 base stations have been funded under the first five rounds of the program, with over 860 now in operation. Completed base stations are providing new and improved mobile coverage to more than 8,000 kilometres of major transport routes. The Government intends that the next step in the program will be to conduct a Round 5A, which will be used to test a range of different program designs. On 21 April 2020, the Government released a discussion paper seeking feedback from industry and community on options for the design of Round 5A, which includes a focus on improving mobile connectivity along major transport corridors and in disaster-prone regions, such as bushfire-prone areas, as well as the testing of new technologies that support shared mobile coverage in regional areas. Feedback received from industry and community on options for the design for Round 5A is currently being reviewed.
1.3 124 Rollout of the National Broadband Network Cth 2020 11.7 million premises across Australia were ready to connect as at 30 June 2020, surpassing NBN Co’s target of 11.5 million. NBN Co has around 100,000 premises, including ‘complex connections’ that will be completed after 30 June 2020 and expects that 80 per cent of these premises will have access to the National Broadband Network by 31 December 2020.
1.3 125 Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G uptake Cth 2016 - TBD All three of Australia’s major mobile network operators now have active 5G networks. 5G coverage is set to expand as carriers deploy their 5G networks across Australia. The 5G Working Group has met four times since 2018 and discussed the potential role for 5G in the transport, agriculture and healthcare sectors. In 2019, the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts asked the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts to inquire into and report on the deployment, adoption and application of 5G in Australia. On 12 May 2020, the Committee tabled its report 5G - The Next Gen Future. The Australian Government is preparing its response to the recommendations of the report. A horizon-scanning project, initiated by the Chief Scientist and being undertaken by the Australian Council of Learned Academies, is investigating the opportunities and implications presented by the development and deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the coming decade, including whether Australia can establish competitive advantage in particular IoT use cases. This report is due for release in the second half of 2020. In terms of networks that are being deployed to support the IoT, Telstra has approximately 3 million square kilometres of LTE M coverage and around 4 million square kilometres of Narrowband-IoT coverage. This coverage is already being used to connect around 3.8 million devices as at June 2020.
1.3 126 Examination of technology models for deployment of Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) Cth; QLD; NSW; Austroads 2020 - 2021 The Commonwealth, Queensland, NSW and Austroads have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake a project on the current and future capability of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), including the various models for the deployment. This work may inform consideration of digital infrastructure that could be deployed to support innovative freight operations and technology improvements.
1.3 127 Facilitate trials of emerging technology in heavy vehicles NSW Ongoing Transport for New South Wales is continuing to look at the appropriate technologies for this initiative which will focus on heavy vehicle platooning and automation. Further work is to be carried out to provide a framework for trials and automated operations.
1.3 128 Improve data sharing NSW 0 - 2 years NSW has completed significant work in this area and has led the nation in publishing freight data in an open environment for customers and stakeholders to access. Whilst complete, Transport for NSW will continue its drive to make data available for better decision making by government agencies, local councils, road and rail operators and freight customers and communities.
1.3 129 Adopt new technologies to improve the efficiency of government infrastructure NSW Ongoing A number of initiatives have been completed that will continue as ‘business as usual’ across ports, road and rail networks. Transport for New South Wales continues to explore technology solutions to improve the efficiency of administration and management of the network.
1.3 130 Foster trials of emerging technology by industry NSW Ongoing Transport for New South Wales is currently engaging with industry and technology suppliers across a number of initiatives including heavy vehicle platooning and automation, vehicle-to-infrastructure systems to optimise traffic signal timing and reduce travel times for freight vehicles and last mile deliveries by aerial drones in urban areas across.
1.3 131 Support national reforms to investment in the freight network NSW 5 - 10 years While this initiative is complete it will continue as a business as usual initiative with the initial implementation to be considered by Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in November 2020 or May 2021.
1.3 132 Heavy Vehicle Safety Action Plan Qld 2019 - 2021 See initiative 98.
1.3 133 Explore opportunities to apply new technology to manage transport networks WA Short term Several initiatives are being investigated by the Western Australian Government, with industry and the research community to improve road traffic management. These include investigating on-board technology options and infrastructure-based technology options to link freight vehicle data with traffic management, and pathways to link freight vehicles and traffic management systems. WA has also adopted and refined the trial process to enable automated vehicle use through exemptions. Proponents wanting to use an automated vehicle on a public road in WA need to apply to the Department of Transport for an exemption from vehicle registration requirements.
1.3 134 Smart Freeway - Kwinana Northbound WA Short term The project is on track for delivery in mid to late July 2020.
1.3 135 Regional Telcommunications Project: National Strategy Integration WA Short term Additional funding of $20 million has been secured for the Regional Telecommunications Project Continuation to further expand mobile coverage in regional WA, including along freight corridors and designated Main Roads WA primary and secondary routes. A mobile base station at Bannister, addressing a black spot on Albany Highway, will be completed shortly. Three more base stations are required to provide continuous coverage from Perth to Albany. The next round of the Commonwealth Mobile Black Spot Program Round 5A is due to open around September 2020 and will specifically target freight routes.
1.3 136 Fremantle Ports real time data project WA Short term The initiatives under the Fremantle Port Authority real-time data gathering project achieved the following:
  • Freight Vehicle ‘Smart Plate’ Trial – The Port engaged the Sustainable and Built Environment national research centre to develop a Road Map to guide the conduct of a trial. The Road Map outlines the trial and evaluation methodology and articulates possible achievements resulting from industry, academia and government collaboration. The final draft Road Map is currently being reviewed.
  • Container Tracking Trial – Conversations have progressed with some potential stakeholders to ascertain willingness to participate in such a trial.
  • Develop and implement video analytics to gather real-time locational and fine-detail classification data – Service provider capabilities are currently being explored.
1.3 137 Grainbelt Digital Enhancement Program WA; Industry Medium term Under the Digital Farm Grant Program Round 1, a total of 11 projects are being rolled out, delivered by five telecommunication providers. The WA Supernet Request for Proposal response is being assessed.
1.3 138 Great Eastern Drive Mobile Coverage Program Tas 2019 - 2021 This project is to improve coverage to at least 95 per cent of the Great Eastern Drive, between Buckland and Binalong Bay. The Great Eastern Drive is a major Tasmanian transportation route and currently has significant areas of negligible or no mobile coverage. A total of $11 million will be invested by the Tasmanian Government and Optus to construct 15 greenfield macro base stations. The project is currently underway and completion is expected in 2021.
1.3 139 Low and Zero Emissions Vehicles (LZEV's) ACT Ongoing The ACT’s Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) Action Plan 2018-2021 sets a clear direction for the ACT to accelerate and support the uptake of ZEVs, including battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and electric bikes. The plan includes a range of actions, including a government commitment to all newly leased ACT Government fleet passenger vehicles being ZEVs from 2020-21 (where fit for purpose). As identified in the ACT’s Climate Change Strategy 2019-25, the ACT Government will also identify new actions to support the uptake of zero emissions vehicles from 2021 onwards and will explore opportunities to promote investment in public charging infrastructure.

The ACT continues to co-lead with Queensland and participate in the national work program to accelerate the uptake of LZEVs. Under the national LZEV work program the ACT, along with Tasmania, is leading the development of the fleet managers guidelines. This will ultimately support vehicle fleet managers across Australia transition to LZEVs. Additionally, the ACT is supporting the coordination of responses for reporting on progress with the action “Consider developing LZEV fleet targets: (a) For the overall Australian vehicle fleet and (b) For each jurisdiction for their government owned and managed fleet.” Updates on progress of the national work program are expected to be reported to the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers meeting later in 2020 or early 2021.

1.3 140 Remote Telecommunications Co-investment Program NT 4 years Fourteen remote sites have been identified to date for the 2019 program. Thirteen sites are being designed and one site is complete. Five sites will provide coverage on a transport corridor, with one on the Stuart Highway and the balance on secondary roads. All sites are expected to be completed by end of 2022.

Action 1.4

Advance heavy vehicle road reform to facilitate efficient investment in infrastructure

Where do we want to be by 2024?

  • Stronger links between heavy vehicle road user charges and investments into road infrastructure services.
  • Increased transparency to road users regarding levels of service and investments.
  • Increased funding certainty for road managers, helping to deliver optional road maintenance.

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
1.4 141 Advance heavy vehicle road reform to facilitate efficient investment in infrastructure All Ongoing The Australian Government commenced public consultation on reforms to the way heavy vehicle charges are set and invested (supply side reforms) in June 2020, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the consultation, the Government is holding online workshops with stakeholders to discuss the measures and hear feedback. State and territory governments continue to participate in the national Heavy Vehicle Road Reform discussions through the national Steering Committee, including the development of national Service Level Standards. Information from consultation together with implementation details of the proposed reform measures will be provided to Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in 2020-21 for their decision.
1.4 142 Port infrastructure pricing and access review Vic Completed The Victorian Government has completed the Port Pricing and Access Review (PPAR), which investigated options for the future role of Government in regulating pricing/charges, and access to and from the port of Melbourne. The PPAR was developed in response to industry concerns regarding increasing infrastructure charges by stevedores at the port of Melbourne and the associated flow-on cost to industry. The findings of the PPAR were released to the industry on 30 January 2020. The PPAR provided a comprehensive picture of pricing and access at the Port of Melbourne from the wharf to the port gate, and that while costs have risen as a result of increases in stevedore charges, costs being levied by others, particularly shipping lines, are arguably having a bigger impact on increasing costs. The PPAR found that whilst there is not a case for economic regulation at this stage, it recommended putting in place new voluntary standards around how port charges are changed in consultation with the industry. As a result of the recommendations, there is an intention to introduce a Voluntary Port Performance Model to improve pricing transparency and access coordination (see Action Area 2.1).