Interface Improvement Program

Expressions of interest are now closed for the II Program incorporating the Country Lines Improvement Program and the Productivity Enhancement Program. All Submissions were to be received by close of business 5:00pm AEDT, Thursday 31 October 2019.  A further expression of interest process is expected to occur in June 2020.

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.

Interface Improvement Program Session Times

In late September and early October regional II Program sessions were held in the following locations:

  • Beaudesert - Monday 30 September -  Beaudesert Golf Club 
  • Gatton - Tuesday 1 October - Lockyer Valley Conference & Function Centre
  • Pittsworth - Wednesday 2 October - Pittsworth Function Centre 
  • Croppa Creek - Thursday 3 October - Croppa Creek Soldiers Memorial Hall
  • Baradine - Friday 4 October - Baradine Bowling Club
  • Benalla - Tuesday 8 October - Ella Goose Restaurant and Functions Centre
  • Wagga Wagga - Wednesday 9 October - Carriage House 
  • Forbes - Thursday 10 October - Forbes Services Memorial Club 
  • Tottenham - Thursday 10 October - Footscray Community Arts Centre 
  • Narromine - Friday 11 October - Narromine United Services Memorial Club 

Live webinar

Get answers to common questions and view the video of the the Interface Improvement Program session streamed from Tottenham on Thursday 10 October 2019.  


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.

Prioritised projects

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.

Projects which have been fast tracked to date include upgrading the Gilgandra-Coonamble line, improving the road/rail interface at Narrabri, enhancing the connection at Baradine's grain silos and investigating the viability of the Lockyer Valley Inland Rail connection.