Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP)

The aim of the Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) is to propose improvements to the interface between supply chains and Inland Rail, with a view to improving supply chain and community resilience.

PEP project proposals will be assessed against their contribution to meeting the following principles:

  • Increase Inland Rail throughput, helping to maximise the benefits realised through the project, drive modal shift from road to rail and safeguard the Commonwealth’s substantial equity investment.
  • Support regional economic growth by funding the development, re-positioning or re-organising of local infrastructure to increase the competitiveness of regional economies and supply chains.
  • Deliver cost-effective improvements to the national rail freight network through strategic investment, based on independent technical advice and in consultation with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and state track managers.
  • Support partnerships (between Commonwealth and state governments with local government and industry), including shared funding responsibilities, appropriate risk allocation and improved data sharing.
  • Minimise downtime on regional rail lines.
  • Improve safety for road users through increased mode shift from road and rail and through strategic investment in the road interfaces with rail.
  • Support National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities, enabling productivity improvements to Inland Rail by developing efficient and industry-relevant interfaces with priority regional rail networks.

An Expression of Interest submission need not address all principles, however your submission will be strengthened by addressing as many principles as possible.

View the list of successful project proposals from the first expressions of interest round. 

Examples of potential proposals under the Productivity Enhancement Program could include:

  • Developing new or improving an existing warehouse or other storage and handling facility for products that could be cost effectively transported on Inland Rail.
  • New or improved rail rolling stock for transporting products on Inland Rail.
  • Developing new or upgrading existing road connections to production sites or other storage and handling facilities to support the movement of products to and from terminals connecting with Inland Rail.
  • Bridge strengthening/replacement on country roads to support the movement of products to and from terminals connecting with Inland Rail.
  • Developing or improving an intermodal freight terminal or freight precinct to take advantage of opportunities associated with Inland Rail.
  • Adapting/modifying construction facilities used to support the delivery of the Inland Rail corridor to support the movement of products transported on Inland Rail.
  • Developing common-user infrastructure that create a critical mass to take advantage of opportunities associated with Inland Rail.
  • Developing new or expanded manufacturing, food processing, cotton logistics or waste recycling facilities.

A single proposal could involve a combination of these initiatives.