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National Highway Upgrade Programme

The National Highway Upgrade Programme (NHUP) was announced as part of the Infrastructure Growth Package in the 2014-15 Budget, with a commitment of $228.7 million available over five years between 2014-15 and 2018-19.

The Programme will provide jurisdictions with funding towards priority improvements to Australia's key national highway networks through works such as shoulder and centreline widening, ripple strips and wire rope barriers, overtaking lanes, turning lanes and pavement improvements.

The allocations for each jurisdiction and the proposed projects are set out below:

New South Wales:

The AG allocation for NSW is $61.35 million. 

The proposed project is on the Newell Highway between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabilla which supports the national freight task.  The project comprises the construction of heavy duty pavement with a wide centreline. 

The project will be funded on an 80:20 basis, with the NSW Government contributing $15.35 million.


The AG allocation for Victoria is $32.2 million.

Major projects include $26.6 million for bridge strengthening on the Hume Freeway, Monash Freeway, Western Highway and Goulburn Valley Highway to upgrade a number of bridges to cater for High Productivity Vehicles. Funding of $5.6 million is also being provided for safety works on the Western Highway between the South Australian border and Kaniva.

The projects are being funded on an 80:20 basis, with the Victorian Government contributing $8.05 million.

Western Australia:

The AG allocation for Western Australia is $32.2 million.

The projects are focussed on the Great Northern Highway to support existing freight based infrastructure investment.  The Australian Government will provide $23.84 million in funding for the $29.8 million New Norcia bypass.  The Australian Government will also provide $8.36 million for the $10.45 million upgrading of floodways between Meekatharra and Newman, at Kumarina and Karelundi.

The projects will be funded on an 80:20 basis, with the WA Government contributing $8.05 million.

South Australia:

The AG allocation for South Australia is $19.89 million. 

The Australian Government will provide $19.89 million of $24.86 million for a number of projects on the Sturt Highway which are aimed at removing impediments to the introduction of higher productivity freight vehicles.  The projects comprise bridge widening, strengthening, barrier upgrades, intersection upgrades, overtaking lanes and shoulder sealing. 

The projects will be funded on an 80:20 basis, with the SA Government contributing $4.97 million.


The AG allocation for Tasmania was $7.68 million.

The project duplicated 3.2 kilometres of the Bass Highway from Westbury to Exton and lengthened access ramps and install audible line marking, safety barriers and lighting on Illawarra Main Road. Construction commenced in October 2015 and was completed in July 2016.

The project was funded on an 80:20 basis, with the Tasmanian Government contributing $1.92 million.


The AG allocation for the ACT was $3.2 million.

The project constructed two truck lay-bys and decoupling areas on the Federal Highway. Construction commended in March 2016 and was completed in December 2016.

The project was funded on an 80:20 basis, with the ACT Government contributing $800,000.

Northern Territory:

The AG allocation for the Northern Territory is $20.01 million.

The proposed project will include the construction of new higher level bridges at the Little Horse and Big Horse creek crossings, which will improve on flood immunity on the Victorian Highway during the wet season.

The Northern Territory Government will provide all funding for the project above the $20.01 million AG allocation.


The AG allocation for the Queensland is $49.3 million.

The proposed projects will include the construction of a new overtaking lane, pavement widening, intersection upgrades and improved line-marking on the New England Highway; pavement rehabilitation on the Cunningham Highway between Mutdapilly and Warrill View; pavement widening and strengthening on the Flinders Highway between Hughenden and Cloncurry; and strengthening and widening of pavements on the Landsborough Highway between Morven and Kynuna. 

The projects will be funded on an 80:20 basis, with the Queensland Government contributing $12.3 million.