The Australian Government is leading the way on fast rail to better connect major capital cities with surrounding regional centres.
As a first step, in 2017, the Government committed to invest $20 million in fast rail business cases for Sydney to Newcastle, Melbourne to Greater Shepparton and Brisbane to the regions of Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast. These business cases are due to be completed in mid-2019 and will then be considered by the Government.
Building on this first step, the Government has committed $2 billion to help deliver fast rail between Geelong and Melbourne.
The Government will fund an additional five business cases for fast rail between Sydney and Wollongong, Sydney and Parkes (via Bathurst and Orange), Melbourne and Albury-Wodonga, Melbourne and Traralgon, and Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
A National Faster Rail Agency, supported by an Expert Panel, will be established to work in close partnership with state and territory governments and private industry. It will also provide advice to the Government on future fast rail opportunities around Australia, including for high speed rail.
For more information see the department's fast rail page.