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Northern Australia Roads Program

About the program

The $600 million Northern Australia Roads Program is delivering upgrades to high priority roads in northern Australia essential to the movement of people and freight to support the North's economic development.

Roads identified in Infrastructure Australia's Northern Australia Audit, along with other roads identified as priorities by the states and territories, such as those connecting communities, or regional towns to ports, were considered for funding.

Works undertaken include upgrades and safety and productivity improvements, such as road widening, overtaking lane construction and pavement renewal.

The Australian Government announced 19 projects to be funded under the Northern Australia Roads Program throughout 2016. In 2020, the Australian Government committed to deliver Stage 2 of the Great Northern Highway Upgrade Ord River North using savings that were realised following completion of other Northern Australia Roads Program projects in Western Australia.

See below for a list of projects:



Northern Territory

Western Australia


The Northern Australia Roads Program will help improve the North's transport network and as a result support economic development and improve safety for all road users.


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 2021-22.


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