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

Outback Way - Western Australia Future Priorities

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2023 - Mid 2031
Estimated Project Cost:$595,600,000
Australian Government Contribution:$476,500,000
Local Council/Shire:Shire of Laverton,Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku

Project Description

This project will upgrade the remaining sections of the Western Australia section that form the ‘Outback Way’, which runs from Winton in Queensland through the Northern Territory, to Laverton in Western Australia.


The project will contribute to improved safety and access to remote areas of the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. The project is designed to unlock the potential benefits of the Outback Way to Indigenous and remote communities and the broader economy, particularly in the areas of tourism, mining and freight.


The Australian Government will contribute up to 80 per cent of the total project cost capped at $476.5 million, with the relevant state/local governments to contribute the remaining 20 per cent of the total project cost.


The project is expected to commence construction in mid 2023 and be completed by mid 2031.

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Project details last updated: 29/03/2022