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2018-19 Budget: State and Territory transport infrastructure projects pipeline highlights


Posted by Monica Gameng

The Australian Government will be investing more than $75 billion towards the delivery of significant transport infrastructure across Australia through a 10-year project pipeline. The funding also includes approximately $24.5 billion for initiatives and projects that will improve lives in every State and Territory.

The pipeline of projects is aimed at busting congestion in cities to get commuters home safer and faster as well as improve the efficiency of freight movement to ports and markets. The projects will also improve connectivity across regions, help grow the economy and create thousands of new local jobs - up to 50,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The list below highlights the pipeline of projects by State and Territory.


  • $3.5 billion towards Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI), including $2.2 billion to be provided to specific regions or corridors
  • Urban Congestion Fund - $1 billion
  • Major Projects Business Case Fund - $250 million

New South Wales

  • Coffs Harbour Bypass - $971 million
  • Nowra Bridge construction - $155 million
  • Port Botany Rail Line Duplication - $400 million
  • Western Sydney North-South rail - $50 million to joint fund a business case with the NSW Government
  • Barton Highway corridor - $100 million for the continued upgrade of the Highway, which is an important link between regional NSW and the Australian Capital Territory


  • Melbourne Airport Rail Link - up to $5 billion (the single largest infrastructure commitment in the Budget)
  • North East Link - $1.75 billion
  • Monash Rail - $475 million
  • Frankston to Baxter Rail Link Electrification Upgrade - $225 million
  • Victorian Congestion Package - $140 million
  • Continued investment in regional rail (Geelong Line) - $50 million
  • Completion of the duplication of the Princes Highway East (Traralgon to Sale) - $132 million

The Australian Government will also remain committed to delivering the East West Link, with a standing offer of $3 billion should the Victorian Government decide to proceed with the development.


  • Bruce Highway - $3.3 billion for continued upgrades, including:
    • $880 million Pine River to Caloundra corridor upgrade
    • $800 million for the Cooroy to Curra - Section D
    • $200 million for additional safety works
  • M1 Pacific Motorway - $1 billion towards upgrades between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, and between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill
  • Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade - $390 million
  • Brisbane Metro - $300 million
  • Cunningham Highway (Amberley Interchange) - $170 million
  • Toowoomba to Brisbane Passenger Rail Business Case - $15 million to support planning
  • Queensland will also receive a share of the $1.5 billion ROSI initiative - Northern Australia package, and a share of the $160 million commitment to the Outback Way, both to be allocated across three northern jurisdiction

Western Australia

  • METRONET - an additional $1.1 billion, taking the total Australian Government funding to $2.3 billion, including new projects announced in the Budget:
    • $500 million for Morley-Ellenbrook Line
    • $241 million for Byford Extension
    • $83 million for the Midland Station project
    • $2 million for Lakelands business case
    • $226 million for further projects to be agreed
  • Road projects - $1.5 billion
    • Bunbury Outer Ring Road (Stages 2 and 3) - $560 million
    • $252.5 million for Tonkin Highway Stage 3 Extension
    • $145 million for Tonkin Highway Gap
    • $183 million for Tonkin Highway interchanges
    • $107.5 million for Mitchell Freeway Extension - hester Avenue to Romeo Road
    • $46.5 million for Leach Highway (Welshpool Road interchange)
    • $144 million for the Roe Highway / Great Eastern Highway Bypass and Abernethy Road / Great Eastern Highway Bypass interchanges
    • $65 million for Stephenson Avenue Extension
  • Bindoon Bypass-Great Northern Highway - $220 million through the ROSI initiative
  • EastLink WA (Orange Route) Business Case - $10 million
  • Western Australia willa slo receive a share of the $1.5 billion ROSI initiative -Northern Australia Package, and a share of the $160 million commitment to the Outback Way, both to be allocated across the three northern jurisdictions

The Australian Government will also remain committed to delivering the Perth Freight Link, with a standing offer of $1.2 billion should the WA Government decide to proceed.

South Australia

  • North South Corridor Future Priorities
    • North-South Corridor (Regency Road to Pym Street) - $177 million
    • Future Priorities - $1.21 billion
  • Joy Baluch Bridge - $160 million
  • Gawler Rail Line Electrification - $220 million


  • Bridgewater Bridge Replacement - $461 million
  • Freight Rail Revitalisation - an additional $59.8 million to be provided from 2019-20
  • Tasmania will also receive dedicated funding of $400 million from the ROSI initiative for a Tasmanian Roads Package, focusing on the Bass Highway

Australian Capital Territory

  • Monaro Highway Upgrade - $100 million
  • ACT will also benefit from the increased connectivity with NSW generated through the ROSI initiative to upgrade Barton Highway

Northern Territory

  • Central Arnhem Road Upgrade - $180 million
  • Buntine Highway Upgrade - $100 million
  • The Northern Territory will also receive a share of the $1.5 billion ROSI initiative - Northern Australia Package, and a share of the $160 million commitment to the Outback Way, both to be allocated across the three northern jurisdictions

Northern Australia

  • ROSI initiative - Northern Australia Package - $1.5 billion to be shared across Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia
  • Outback Way - $160 million to be allocated across Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia

This post is the first of a series of posts that will highlight the various projects covered by the 2018-19 Budget for infrastructure that will help bust congestion, connect regions as well as improve safety and create jobs across Australia.

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Source: Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities; Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.