Australian Government responds to Inland Rail senate inquiry report

Thursday 16 December 2021

The Australian Government has welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee report into the management of the Inland Rail Project by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and the Commonwealth Government.

The Government’s response supports 15 of the 26 recommendations contained within the Committee’s report and has reinforced a commitment that ARTC engage with communities and stakeholders, as Inland Rail is further designed and delivered.

Inland Rail is a multi-billion-dollar investment that is stimulating growth, supporting jobs and providing opportunities for businesses of all sizes to build capability.

The Government, through its $110 billion investment in transport infrastructure, is taking action to build the rail infrastructure needed to help address Australia’s growing freight task. The delivery of Inland Rail is enhancing connections across the national freight and rail networks, creating more than 21,500 jobs at the peak of construction and boosting Australia’s Gross Domestic Product by $18 billion over the next 50 years.

Further information regarding this inquiry, including submissions, can be found on the Parliament of Australia website.