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Northern Australia Beef Roads Program

About the program

The Australian Government announced projects to be funded under the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program in October 2016.

The $100 million program is making targeted upgrades to key roads necessary for transporting cattle to improve the reliability, productivity and resilience of cattle supply chains in northern Australia, thereby reducing freight costs and strengthening links to markets.

To help identify priority projects, the Australian Government actively engaged with key stakeholders, including members of the northern Australian beef and transport industries, through a series of stakeholder roundtables held in Rockhampton, Kununurra and Darwin throughout late in 2015 and early in 2016.

The CSIRO analysed and modelled the different scenarios put forward by state, territory and local governments using the Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) to determine the extent of benefits to the movement of cattle and assist in the prioritisation of projects.



Northern Territory

  • Barkly Stock Route: Upgrading a section of the Barkly Stock Route to a two-lane standard seal.
  • Tablelands Highway: Upgrading selected sections of the Tablelands Highway to a two-lane sealed standard.

Western Australia


The Northern Australia Beef Roads Program will improve the resilience of cattle supply chains in northern Australia by upgrading key cattle roads, improving safety, whilst reducing vehicle operating and maintenance costs, and seasonal road closures.


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


Funding is currently available from 2016-17 until 2020-21.


Map of Northern Australia Roads and Beef Roads Programs PDF: 15603 KB ReadSpeaker.