Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Market testing for private sector involvement in inland rail begins

Media Release

DC119/2016

16 September 2016

Joint release with:

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance

The Government is now inviting the private sector to register its interest in the design, construction, delivery and financing of the Inland Rail project.

Private sector involvement in the delivery of Inland Rail will be in partnership with Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

ARTC is concurrently seeking expressions of interest for technical engineering and environmental approval services for the project.

ARTC will undertake robust wide-ranging public consultation and engagement throughout the market testing process.

This is the crucial next phase in ensuring Inland Rail is construction ready.

The Inland Rail project has the potential to deliver real benefits to our farmers, primary producers and manufacturers. The project will provide a high performance and direct interstate rail corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane, enabling freight operators to avoid the congested Sydney network and get goods to market quickly.

Further information on the market testing process, including the Terms of Reference, are available at www.finance.gov.au/market-testing/Inland-Rail/.

Further information on the ARTC Expressions of Interests process can be found at www.tenderlink.com/inlandrail.