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 Former 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

Second phase of market testing for inland rail

Media Release


22 December 2016

Joint release with:

Senator The Hon. Mathias Corman

Minister for Finance

The second phase of the market testing process for private sector involvement in the Inland Rail project will begin early next year.

The second phase will seek views on:

  • preferred delivery model of the four shortlisted options or alternatives put forward by the participants in the first phase of market testing;
  • willingness and capacity to participate in the shortlisted options;
  • understanding of the various risks associated with the delivery of Inland Rail;
  • capacity to enhance the performance and value of Inland Rail, including design and operation; and
  • potential project level procurement models for the design and construction of Inland Rail.

Market testing meetings will be held in late January and early February 2017. This is the next step in ensuring Inland Rail is construction ready.

The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring that our national freight network is as efficient and effective as possible, this includes delivering the largest transport project in Australia – Inland Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane.

Further information on the market testing process, including the terms of reference, are available at