Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

National Initiatives

The Australian Government makes significant investments in land transport infrastructure across Australia through its Infrastructure Investment Program.

This program aims to improve the productivity of Australia’s land transport networks by working with every state and territory to build much-needed infrastructure across a number of individual funding programs.

The Infrastructure Investment Program is part of the Government’s broader strategy to meet our national freight challenge, get Australians home sooner and safer, and build a stronger and more resilient Australia.

At a national level, the Government has committed to upgrading key freight routes in the regions through the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative and improving passenger rail travel times through faster rail initiatives. It has pledged to reduce serious injuries and fatalities on our roads under the Road Safety Program.

The Government is also committing to high-speed rail with legislation in Parliament to establish the High Speed Rail Authority. The first priority of the Authority will be for planning, corridor protection and early works for the Sydney to Newcastle section of the high-speed rail network, with a $500 million investment to this fast-growing region of the east coast.

The Government’s investments are based on long-term planning, including robust project identification and selection processes. This longer-term commitment provides certainty for stakeholders, allowing industry to efficiently manage skills and resources, and allowing state and territory governments to consider the most effective sequencing of major projects to maintain capacity in the construction sector. It is designed to ensure that Australia’s national land transport system is well-placed to meet future challenges.