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Local and Small Business

Inland Rail is a once in a lifetime project supporting local jobs and opportunities for businesses and communities along the 1,700km alignment.

Local businesses

Construction of Inland Rail began on the Parkes to Narromine section on 13 December 2018 and since then, local businesses have been quick to take advantage of the vast and exciting opportunities being created. If you are a business interested in current opportunities available in your region visit TenderLink where the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) advertises tenders, expressions of interest and other opportunities.

ARTC has also partnered with Industry Capability Network (ICN) to help match suppliers to Inland Rail projects. Interested businesses should register with ICN.

“For local businesses to have the opportunity to participate in projects like the Inland Rail means that money is being kept locally. Money invested in regional communities supports things like the local bakery…the local dress shop… the motorbike shop and it’s also a wonderful opportunity. We have some incredible Indigenous businesses within our Shire and Inland Rail brings the skills to all people within our Shire and gives them an opportunity.”
Anna Wyllie, Economic Business Development Manager, Parkes Shire Council

Local jobs

The construction of Inland Rail is supporting a range of local job opportunities such as earthmoving plant operators, designers, engineers, schedulers, railway track workers, and labourers.

“If we add 10 jobs… just through the construction part of Inland Rail, we actually get 27 jobs as a result. That’s because it multiplies out, and it increases our output by twice that amount. When we look at the value adding that those new jobs bring, it’s nearly three times. That’s just construction.”
Susan Benedyka, Hume Regional Development Association

In December 2018, ARTC launched its Indigenous Participation Plan. The Plan outlines how ARTC will maximise Indigenous employment during construction and operation of Inland Rail, and maximise the participation of Indigenous businesses in the freight supply chain.

Indigenous and local employment and procurement targets have been agreed in the construction contract between ARTC and INLink, for the delivery of the Parkes to Narromine project.

Driving local and community benefits

Our project partner, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is working with local communities and businesses to deliver Inland Rail and deliver economic benefits to regional Australia. ARTC reports regularly on the local employment and economic outcomes from Inland Rail construction. View ARTC social performance outcomes for:


Outcomes as of August 2019 - Parkes to Narromine project:

  • 813 people contributed to the Parkes to Narromine section of Inland Rail including 342 local residents, 80 of whom identify as Indigenous.
  • 72 local businesses supplied services to the Inland Rail project.
  • $33.8 million in contracts committed with local businesses.
  • $4.4 million going to Indigenous businesses.
  • ARTC supported the Narromine Local Aboriginal Land Council with $6,500 for resources to teach 100 local kids how to swim.


Other Australian regional communities are also benefiting from construction between Parkes and Narromine. An innovative rail steel, designed and manufactured in Whyalla, South Australia specifically for Inland Rail demonstrates the far-reaching opportunities generated by this transformative infrastructure project. For more information see the Deputy Prime Ministers’ media release, Innovative Australian Steel used for Inland Rail Track.