Interface Improvement Program

The Australian Government committed $44 million to the Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program (II Program) to assist in the development of project ideas that could boost the benefits that flow from Inland Rail.

The identification of prioritised proposals and expression of interest rounds in 2019 and 2020 have resulted in the announcement of 38 project proposals progressing under the II program.

The II Program supports the development of ideas for more productive rail-based supply chains and improvements to capacity on key country rail lines that intersect with Inland Rail.

These ideas can come from industry, local operators, governments and the community, or others that are interested in taking advantage of the long term benefits of Inland Rail.

The II Program has two streams:

  • A $20 million Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) to assess the costs and benefits of proposed improvements to the interface between supply chains and Inland Rail.
  • A $24 million Country Lines Improvement Program (CLIP) to assess the costs and benefits of proposed improvements to country lines that intersect with Inland Rail, with a view to potentially accommodating longer, heavier and faster trains.

The program will assist the Commonwealth, State and Local governments to develop a better understanding of those projects that could be considered for delivery in the future. 

Eligible project proposals

The aim of the program

The aim of the II Program is to support the development of ideas for increasing the amount of freight on Inland Rail. This can be achieved by reducing transport and handling costs and by improving services either through improving connections between local industries and the rail network or by increasing the productivity of trains.

Reducing freight transport and handling costs will enable local industries to be more competitive in existing and future markets, and will encourage businesses to invest in new production and manufacturing enterprises in the regions along the Inland Rail corridor.

By making local industries more competitive, and shifting freight from road to rail for at least part of the journey, the community will benefit through reduced road related social costs such as effects on the environment and safety.

The community will also benefit from the flow on effects of more sustainable and resilient industries that will support local businesses and provide employment.