Australian industries are essential partners in the design and delivery of Inland Rail. Our freight transport network moves fresh food, produce, furniture and fibre right across our vast nation.

Inland Rail will unlock efficiencies in existing supply chains and open up new market opportunities, which is why we are speaking to freight and supply chain operators, producers, manufacturers and peak bodies every step of the way.

There are many ways industry groups and businesses can get involved to identify investment opportunities and realise the benefits of Inland Rail.

Sharing data and evidence

By connecting Melbourne and Brisbane through inland Australia, Inland Rail can be considered a disruptor for existing transport modes and supply chains. This disruption creates opportunities to innovate, adjust business models and expand into new territory.

To support industry as it considers the potential advantages that Inland Rail offers, the department is focused on expanding the evidence base that maps existing supply chains and measures potential savings through Inland Rail.

The department commissioned the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to undertake a pilot study to map supply chains in and around Narromine, Parkes and Dubbo. CSIRO ultimately investigated two supply chains: horticulture and post-processed food.

The Inland Rail CSIRO Supply Chain Mapping pilot study was released at an Industry Leaders Summit held in Brisbane on Thursday, 21 March 2019.

The summit was hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, who announced the outcomes of the Inland Rail CSIRO study and what this means for freight operators and regional producers.

The summit, attended by representatives from peak bodies, horticulture and other food producers, and freight and supply chain operators, provided the opportunity to discuss how industry can harness the transport cost savings generated by Inland Rail.

Inland Rail Service Offering

The Inland Rail service offering is informed by industry to deliver the road competitive service that freight customers need. Inland Rail will deliver:

  • 98 per cent reliability
  • a transit time between Melbourne and Brisbane of less than 24 hours
  • flexibility for faster and slower services
  • freight that is available when the market wants.

Find out more about the service offering on ARTC’s website.