Federal Budget infrastructure spend

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The Liberal and Nationals Government will spend more than $75 billion on transport infrastructure projects over the next 10 years if re-elected


The Budget invests in new major rail and public transport infrastructure including: a commitment of up to $5 billion for construction of a rail link to the Melbourne Airport; $1.1 billion towards further components of Perth's METRONET program; $400 million to duplicate a section of the Port Botany Rail Line and construct the Cabramatta passing loop; $390 million for the upgrade of the Beerburrum to Nambour Line on the Sunshine Coast; $300 million for the Brisbane Metro project; and $220 million for the electrification of the Gawler Line in northern Adelaide.

It also delivers major urban and regional road projects including: $1 billion for the M1 Motorway corridor; $3.3 billion for the Bruce Highway in Queensland; $1.4 billion for Adelaide's North–South Corridor; $971 million to build the Coffs Harbour Bypass on the Pacific Highway in New South Wales; $1.75 billion for the new North East Link in Melbourne; $560 million to deliver Stages 2 and 3 of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road in Western Australia; $280 million for regional road works in the Northern Territory; $461 million to build a new Bridgewater Bridge to reduce travel times and improve traffic flow into Hobart; and a $200 million investment in the Barton and Monaro Highway corridors linking the Australian Capital Territory to New South Wales.

The Commonwealth will provide significant investment in rail infrastructure to ensure people can move around our city centres more efficiently and better connect our cities and suburbs with regional areas. In this Budget, $7.9 billion will be allocated towards rail projects across the nation.


State by state

New South Wales

  • Coffs Harbour Bypass: $971 million.
  • Nowra Bridge construction: $155 million.
  • Port Botany Rail Line Duplication: $400 million.
  • Western Sydney North-South rail: $50 million to joint fund a business case with New South Wales Government.
  • Barton Highway corridor: $100 million for the continued upgrade of the Highway, which is an important link between regional New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.


  • Melbourne Airport Rail Link: up to $5 billion.
  • North East Link: $1.75 billion.
  • Monash Rail: $475 million.
  • Frankston to Baxter Rail Link Electrification Upgrade: $225 million.
  • Victorian Congestion Package: $140 million.
  • Continued investment in regional rail (Geelong Line): $50 million.
  • Completion of the duplication of the Princes Highway East (Traralgon to Sale): $132 million.

The Federal Government also remains committed to the East West Link and its offer of $3 billion stands. It's ready to deliver the project should the Victorian Government decide to proceed.


  • Bruce Highway: $3.3 billion for continued upgrades to the Bruce Highway:
  • $880 million Pine River to Caloundra corridor upgrade.
  • $800 million for the Cooroy to Curra—Section D.
  • $200 million for additional safety works.
  • M1 Pacific Motorway: $1 billion towards upgrades between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, and between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill.
  • Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade: $390 million.
  • Brisbane Metro: $300 million.
  • Cunningham Highway (Amberley Interchange): $170 million.
  • Toowoomba to Brisbane Passenger Rail Business Case: $15 million to support planning.
  • Queensland will also receive a share of the $1.5 billion ROSI initiative—Northern Australia Package, and a share of the $160 million commitment to the Outback Way, both to be allocated across the three northern jurisdictions.

Western Australia

  • METRONET: An additional $1.1 billion, taking the total Australian Government funding to $2.3 billion, including new projects announced in the Budget:
  • $500 million for Morley-Ellenbrook Line
  • $241 million for Byford Extension
  • $83 million for the Midland Station project
  • Bunbury Outer Ring Road (Stages 2 and 3): $560 million
  • $252.5 million for Tonkin Highway Stage 3 Extension
  • $145 million for Tonkin Highway Gap
  • $183 million for Tonkin Highway interchanges
  • $107.5 million for Mitchell Freeway Extension—Hester Avenue to Romeo Road
  • $46.5 million for Leach Highway (Welshpool Road interchange)
  • $144 million for Roe Highway/Great Eastern Highway Bypass and Abernethy Road/Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchanges)
  • $65 million for Stephenson Avenue Extension.
  • Bindoon Bypass—Great Northern Highway: $220 million though the ROSI initiative.
  • EastLink WA (Orange Route) Business Case—$10 million.

 South Australia

  • North-South Corridor—Regency Road to Pym Street: $177 million.
  • Future Priorities: $1.21 billion.
  • Joy Baluch Bridge: $160 million.
  • Gawler Rail Line Electrification: $220 million.


  • Bridgewater Bridge Replacement: $461 million.
  • Freight Rail Revitalisation: an additional $59.8 million to be provided from 2019–20.
  • Tasmania will also receive dedicated funding of $400 million from the ROSI initiative for a Tasmanian Roads Package, focusing on the Bass Highway.

Australian Capital Territory

  • Monaro Highway Upgrade: $100 million.
  • ACT will also benefit from the increased connectivity with NSW generated through the ROSI initiative to upgrade the Barton Highway.

Northern Territory

  • Central Arnhem Road Upgrade: $180 million.
  • Buntine Highway Upgrade: $100 million.
  • The Northern Territory will also receive a share of the $1.5 billion ROSI initiative—Northern Australia Package, and a share of the $160 million commitment to the Outback Way, both to be allocated across the three northern jurisdictions.



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