The Australian Government's commitment of $44 million to an Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program (II Program) will enable local communities, industry and government to identify and assess projects that could potentially increase and maximise the long-term benefit of Inland Rail’s connections to the national freight rail network – providing for more productive rail-based supply chains and improvements to capacity on key country rail lines along the Inland Rail corridor.
Through this program, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (the Department) will allocate specialist service providers to work with eligible project proponents on the development and assessment of project proposals consistent with infrastructure best practice gateway assessment processes that will include pre-feasibility and feasibility studies and strategic business case development.
In delivering the II Program, proposed projects will be considered in relation to existing government policies related to, for example, promoting competition and open access, minimising potential negative externalities, and the desirability of project proposals to reflect region-wide considerations.
Under the two-year Inland Rail II Program, there is funding for:
- A $20.0 million Inland Rail Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) to develop feasibility studies and strategic business cases to assess the costs and benefits of proposed improvements to the interface between supply chains and Inland Rail, with a view to improving supply chain and community resilience.
- A $24.0 million Inland Rail Country Lines Improvement Program (CLIP) to develop feasibility studies and strategic business cases 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.
Visit the Country Lines Improvement Program and Productivity Enhancement Program for further information on the relevant principles that potential projects will initially be assessed against to determine their initial eligibility under the II Program.
We are interested to hear from groups of supply chain managers, producers, local and state governments, local businesses, community representatives and freight and train operators to identify projects for consideration under the II Program.
Potential projects will initially be assessed against how well they address the relevant principles for the PEP or CLIP to determine their eligibility to progress through to an appropriate gate for proposal development and assessment: pre-feasibility, feasibility and strategic business case.
Initially, projects will be considered where they contribute to meeting the relevant principles, including supporting regional economic growth, capacity to increase Inland Rail throughput and supporting National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities.
Certain projects assessed as eligible against the relevant PEP or CLIP Principles may be prioritised for proposal development and assessment under a fast track arrangement within the II Program. Such projects will be fast tracked for commencement under the gateway assessment process, with project proponents eligible for early support from specialist service providers. From time to time, fast track projects will be updated on this website page.
Register your interest in the II Program to be notified of information sessions (held from late September 2019) and how to submit an expression of interest for a project.