Independent review of Inland Rail Program announced

Friday 07 October 2022

The Australian Government has announced an independent review of the Inland Rail Program to be led by Dr Kerry Schott AO. Dr Schott is a respected advisor to government and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role having worked in both the government and business sector.

The independent review delivers on an Australian Government election commitment to look at the management and delivery of Inland Rail so this nationally important program can be rolled out without further delays.

Delivering Inland Rail is a key step in building additional capability and capacity to increase the resilience of Australia’s freight supply chain and meet our growing freight task, which is forecast to grow by up to 35% by 2040.

The review will also assess options for new intermodal terminals to be built in Melbourne and Brisbane as these terminals will play a significant role in maximising the benefits of Inland Rail through increased capacity and efficiency.

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King believes delivering network enhancements like Inland Rail are critical to enhancing supply chains and providing resilience to the national freight network.

‘With each kilometre of track, we are stimulating regional growth and building opportunities to get more freight onto rail – alleviating growing congestion on our roads’, Minister King said.

The review is expected to be completed by early 2023.

Read more about the independent review including the Terms of Reference and the Ministerial announcement.