Expressions of interest - 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 April 2020.

Individuals, businesses and organisations with good ideas on how to efficiently maximise the connectivity or enhance supply chain productivity from Inland Rail are invited to apply. We encourage 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.

  • Applications for the October round closed Thursday 5:00PM AEDT, 31 October 2019. 

Multiple proposals are welcomed.

The Interface Improvement Program is funded over the 2019-20 and 2020-21 financial years. A second EOI round is expected to open in April 2020.

Submission requirements

An EOI can be submitted via email to or by post to:
     The Inland Rail II Program
     Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development
     GPO Box 594
     Canberra ACT 2601

Expressions of Interest must contain all information required to assess a proposal against the initial program gateway (Gate 1). View the minimum requirements for Gate 1 in the following:

Your proposal will also need to:

  • Describe the opportunity, problem or constraint that the project seeks to address and outline the causes and consequences.
  • Identify potential stakeholders affected by the project and detail any third party support for the proposal.
  • Consider and outline any potential alternative options to address the identified problem.

Privacy and Commercial in-Confidence information

Where required, specific information and/or data provided in your EOI should be clearly marked “Commercial in-Confidence”. Details of a project, the name and location of a proponent may be subject to FOI or publicly communicated by the Australian Government. 
If you do not want the details of you submission made public, you should mark your submission “in-Confidence”. By providing the expression of interest you are indicating that you accept the information is to be assessed for the purposes of the II Program. 

The assessments process 

The EOI is the first step in identifying potential projects for inclusion in the II Program.

Projects put forward through the EOI process will initially be assessed against how well the proposal addresses the relevant principles for the Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) or Country Rail Lines Improvement Program (CLIP) to determine their eligibility. EOI submissions will be further assessed against the following:

Suitable proposals that meet the Gate 1 requirements will be matched with a specialist service provider who will work with the proponent to further develop the business case and gather information as required for Gates 2, 3 and 4. The purpose of the business case is to inform the Australian Government’s further consideration of Inland Rail connectivity.

II Program projects will be developed and assessed through a best practice infrastructure planning process that includes pre-feasibility and feasibility studies and strategic business case development gateways. Details of the information requirements across the entire program are outlined in the following:

Feedback and advice

The Department will acknowledge the receipt of all submission.

Once the Expressions of Interest period has closed, the Department will assess the submissions and advise applicants of the assessment outcome.

Where a submission is unsuccessful in passing Gate 1, and the Department determines it worth further consideration, we will provide you with advice on how the proposal may be improved. This feedback process will enable applicants to improve the proposal and resubmit under the EOI.