Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP)

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.

Through the Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP), the Department will allocate specialist service providers to work with proponents of eligible project to develop feasibility studies and/or 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. The business cases will ultimately inform the Australian Government’s further thinking on Inland Rail connectivity.

Project Principles

PEP project proposals will be assessed against their contribution to meeting the following objectives:

  • Support National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities, enabling productivity improvements to Inland Rail by developing efficient and industry-relevant interfaces with priority regional rail networks.
  • Support regional economic growth by funding the development, re-positioning or
    re-organising of local infrastructure to increase the competitiveness of regional economies and supply chains.
  • Increase Inland Rail throughput, helping to maximise the benefits realised through the project, drive modal shift from road to rail and safeguard the Commonwealth’s substantial equity investment.
  • Deliver cost-effective improvements to the national rail freight network through strategic investment, based on independent technical advice and in consultation with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and state track managers.
  • Improve safety for road users through increased mode shift from road and rail and through strategic investment in the road interfaces with rail.
  • Support partnerships (between Commonwealth and state governments with local government and industry), including shared funding responsibilities, appropriate risk allocation and improved data sharing.
  • Minimise downtime on regional rail lines.

Project Assessment

Potential projects will initially be assessed against how well they address the Project Principles to determine their eligibility, and their capacity to progress through to an appropriate gate of proposal development and assessment: pre-feasibility, feasibility and strategic business case. Gateways allow progress to the next stage of proposal development and assessment when relevant criteria are satisfied.

The assessment criteria for PEP and CLIP projects will differ with respect to:

  • The types of problems the projects seek to solve, and
  • The range of stakeholder support for the project.

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 

We plan to conduct more regional information sessions early in March and April 2020 with a further expression of interest process also commencing in April 2020.

Live webinar

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