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Outback Way $100 Million Commitment

About the program

The Australian Government's $100 million commitment to upgrade the Outback Way will deliver targeted upgrades to priority sections of the 2,800 kilometre route that links Laverton in Western Australia with Winton in Queensland via Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

Works to be undertaken include safety and productivity improvements, such as road widening and sealing.

In order to identify projects, the Australian Government commissioned an Investment Strategy PDF: 1385 KB ReadSpeaker to help inform the allocation of the $100 million and identify the highest priority sections requiring upgrading across Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The Australian Government announced projects to be funded under the Outback Way $100 million commitment in November 2017. These projects will build on the works of previous commitments to the Outback Way and brings the total value of current Australian Government investment to $170 million.

See below for a list of projects.



  • Donohue Highway: Progressive Sealing (Package 1)
  • Donohue Highway: Progressive Sealing (Package 2)
  • Diamantina Developmental Road: Pavement Widening
  • Kennedy Developmental Road: Pavement Widening (Package 1)
  • Kennedy Developmental Road: Pavement Widening (Package 2)

Northern Territory

  • Plenty Highway: Upgrade and Sealing beyond Harts Range
  • Plenty Highway: Progressive Sealing
  • Tjukaruru Road: Progressive Sealing

Western Australia

  • Great Central Road (Laverton Section): Pavement Upgrades (Package 1)
  • Great Central Road (Laverton Section): Pavement Upgrades (Package 2)
  • Great Central Road (Laverton Section): Pavement Upgrades (Package 3)
  • Great Central Road (Ngaanyatjarraku Section): Pavement Upgrades (Package 1)
  • Great Central Road (Ngaanyatjarraku Section): Pavement Upgrades (Package 2)


The Outback Way $100 million commitment will improve the inter-jurisdictional transport network by increasing connectivity and reducing travel times, in addition to, cutting costs for freight operators and enhancing economic opportunities for the cattle, mining and tourism industries.


The Australian Government will fund up to a maximum of 80 per cent of the total project cost in partnership with the state and territory governments and relevant local councils.


Funding is available over four financial years from the 2017–18 financial year to the 2020–21 financial year.


Map of the Outback Way $100 million 2016 Election Commitment PDF: 1455 KB ReadSpeaker.