People and Community

Inland Rail is a national infrastructure project being delivered across three states on Australia’s east coast.

The 1,700km rail line passes through 38 local government areas and will provide economic and social benefits to hundreds of communities both on and off the alignment. Working with those communities and landholders is essential to maximise the jobs and economic opportunities made possible through Inland Rail’s construction and operation.

Inland Rail is being delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) who manage the community input and consultation for Inland Rail’s construction, including state government regulatory approvals and Environmental Impact Statements.

Beyond construction, the Department manages a range of program and research initiatives that can help people connect to Inland Rail’s benefits. Communities can use the studies and information on this site to identify their opportunities for growth and connect with our Regional Liaison Officers for detailed conversations about investment and local planning.

Infrastructure projects can have very real local effects on people and communities, including through land acquisition and the disruption of businesses or everyday life. The ARTC seek to minimise these disruptions as much as possible, and communities can engage ARTC throughout the design and construction of Inland Rail to voice their concerns.

For Inland Rail to be most effective, the design must be informed by the best evidence and data, including valuable feedback from people on the ground. In May 2020 the Deputy Prime Minister initiated an immediate review of a proposed alternative route via Cecil Plains in the Border to Gowrie (B2G) section of Inland Rail. The outcomes of the review provide assurance that all possible alternative routes for B2G have been thoroughly considered.

Building transformational infrastructure such as Inland Rail includes various technical elements such as modelling and engineering that is complex and subject to the highest levels of public safety assurance.

There are many checks and balances in place, including the regulatory approval processes for Inland Rail in each state that ensure Inland Rail’s safe delivery. In Queensland, additional assurance measures are also in place to provide further confidence and independent verification by expert hydrologists that Inland Rail can cross Australia’s diverse terrain safely.