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Major Project Business Case Fund

The Australian Government is investing $100 billion over 10 years from 2019–20 through its rolling infrastructure plan to help manage our growing population, meet our national freight challenge and get Australians home sooner and safer. This includes $250 million allocated to the Major Project Business Case Fund (MPBCF) initiative.

This initiative will fund the development of major project business cases through which it can continue to meet its commitment to being an informed investor and engage early on the next phase major priority projects that will be required to keep the country moving. The MPBCF will support the development of future major land transport infrastructure projects the Australian Government considers have strategic merit and facilitates earlier engagement in the planning stage to ensure broader Commonwealth objectives are considered as projects are developed.

In the 2019–20 Budget, the Government announced an allocation of funding for 18 new business cases, totalling $169 million. The Government allocated $25 million of funding for business cases in the 2018–19 Budget for Eastlink WA and the Toowoomba to Brisbane Passenger Rail.

There are six business cases relating to Rail Initiatives (in addition to 2018–19 Budget commitments) worth $44 million.

There are six business cases relating to Road Initiatives (in addition to 2018–19 Budget commitments) worth $55 million.

There are five businesses cases relating to Inter-modal or mode neutral Initiatives worth $70 million.