Funding for interface improvements

Projects that have completed a Strategic Business Case through the Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program can now seek funding for design and construction through the Infrastructure Investment Program.

While the development of an Inland Rail Interface Improvement proposal does not guarantee funding, the Australian Government has committed $150 million through the 2022-23 Budget to fund the delivery of priority infrastructure projects that can increase the amount of freight on Inland Rail and maximise benefits to regional industries and communities along the corridor. Details about the application process will be provided soon.

Infrastructure projects eligible for funding must complement Inland Rail and could include:

  • rail line reinstatement and rail upgrades
  • road and rail connections
  • intermodal terminals or freight precincts.

Projects must have completed a Strategic Business Case through the Australian Government’s Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program. They must also:

  • demonstrate state government support (including a co-contribution)
  • have support of the asset owner to deliver the infrastructure work
  • confirm that work is not being delivered through other sources of funding
  • be eligible for funding under the existing Infrastructure Investment Program as defined in the National Land Transport Act 2014.