Infrastructure investment securing Australia's economic recovery

The Morrison-McCormack Government is securing Australia’s recovery with a record investment in infrastructure as part of the 2021-22 Budget, which will support and secure jobs, drive growth and help rebuild Australia’s economy from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This $110 billion, 10-year infrastructure pipeline forms part of our Economic Recovery Plan and will secure Australia’s world-leading economic recovery by delivering nation-building infrastructure projects, water security to inland Australia, meeting our national freight challenge and getting Australians home sooner and safer.

This includes an additional $15.2 billion in new commitments to infrastructure projects through the 2021-22 Budget, supporting an estimated 30,000 jobs across Australia.

Delivering the nation-building projects Australia needs

As part of our plan to secure Australia’s recovery, the Government is focusing on new commitments in major infrastructure projects right across the country, including:

  • $2.0 billion for Great Western Highway Upgrade - Katoomba to Lithgow - Construction of East and West Sections in New South Wales;
  • $2.0 billion investment to deliver a new Melbourne Intermodal Terminal
  • $400.0 million for Bruce Highway Additional Funding in Queensland;
  • $237.5 million for METRONET: Hamilton Street / Wharf Street Grade Separations and Elevation of Associated Stations in Western Australia;
  • $161.6 million for the Truro Bypass in South Australia;
  • $150.0 million for National Network Highway Upgrades (Phase 2) in the Northern Territory;
  • $80.0 million for Bass Highway Safety and Freight Efficiency Upgrades in Tasmania; and
  • $26.5 million for William Hovell Drive Duplication in the Australian Capital Territory.

This is in addition to the Government’s significant existing investment in projects that will define the success of local communities for years to come, including the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, due to open in 2026, Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport and the much-needed Melbourne Airport Rail Link.

More than 220 major Australian Government funded projects are currently under construction. These projects are expected to support around 100,000 jobs during their construction lives.

The Government will also commit up to $2.0 billion to deliver a new Intermodal Freight Terminal in Melbourne. This will support both the Victorian and national freight networks, creating up to 1,350 jobs during peak construction and a further 550 jobs during peak operation.

Additional capacity delivered by the intermodal terminal is required to meet the future freight needs of Victoria and Australia’s domestic and international supply chains, as well as realising the full benefits of Inland Rail.

This is part of the Government’s commitment to funding transformational infrastructure to increase the productivity, efficiency and capacity of the national freight network. This investment will also support the Australian Government's National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

Life-saving road safety investment

Road crashes cost the national economy approximately $30 billion a year, but this figure is far outstripped by the immeasurable suffering of families impacted by road deaths and serious injuries.

The Budget backs an additional $1.0 billion for the now $3.0 billion Road Safety Program. With work having commenced in January 2021, almost $1.0 billion for approximately 700 projects has been approved under Tranche 1 of the program. Future tranches will continue installing life-saving road safety upgrades to prevent fatal and serious crashes across all states and territories. This funding is estimated to support around 4,500 jobs, taking the total jobs supported across the nation by the Road Safety Program to around 13,500.

The Office of Road Safety will continue to play a significant role in improving road safety in Australia and the Budget will provide $5.1 million of new funding over four years to support this important work.

Local jobs and infrastructure in your community

The Budget will provide an additional $1.0 billion for the highly successful, now $2.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, to deliver the local projects that matter to communities, while stimulating economies across the nation. This funding is estimated to support around 3,500 jobs, taking the total jobs supported across the nation by the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program to around 9,000.

A further $40 million over two years is being invested in South Australian Local Roads Supplementary Funding, which will improve road safety and help ensure a lower road toll on local roads in South Australia.

An additional $28.2 million is also being provided to extend the Stronger Communities Programme, which provides grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 across the country to community organisations and local governments for small capital projects that deliver social benefits for local communities.

Building water infrastructure for a sustainable agricultural future

The Government is continuing to deliver on a National Water Grid to help improve water security in our regions. The 2021–22 Budget invests up to a further $258.0 million, including up to $160 million through the National Water Grid Connections pathway, from the $3.5 billion National Water Grid Fund towards the construction of new and augmented water infrastructure projects, building a more resilient and secure Australia.

The Government’s ongoing investment in water infrastructure builds on the eight construction projects already completed since our establishment of the National Water Grid Authority in late 2019 and brings the total number of construction projects in the investment pipeline to 30. 

The new and augmented construction projects being funded in partnership with states include:

  • Eurobodalla Southern Storage (New South Wales) – $51.2 million.
  • Werribee Irrigation District Modernisation (Victoria) – $11.0 million.
  • Recycled Water on the Bellarine (Victoria) – $5.5 million.
  • Warwick Recycled Water for Agriculture – Recycled Water Treatment Upgrade (Queensland) – $0.5 million.
  • An additional $7.5 million for Rookwood Weir to deliver water security in North Queensland by raising the weir wall a further 700 millimetres to deliver an additional 10,000 megalitres. This brings total Australian Government investment in the project to $183.6 million.

Strengthening our regions through continued investment

The 2021–22 Budget continues to build a strong regional Australia through extensions to community grants programs that invest directly in economic and social infrastructure – creating jobs and building stronger regional communities. Funding will flow directly to regions through the following initiatives:

  • An additional $250 million for a sixth round of the successful Building Better Regions Fund, which builds on more than $1.0 billion already committed to our regional towns and cities from the Fund.
  • The Australian Government has brought forward approximately 50 per cent of the 2021–22 Financial Assistance Grant funding. This cash injection of more than $1.3 billion will give councils vital support to assist with the combined impacts of drought, bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through record infrastructure investment, the Morrison-McCormack Government’s 2021-22 Budget is securing Australia’s recovery, creating and supporting jobs, driving growth and laying the foundations for the next stage of our Economic Recovery Plan.

Media Contact:

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Budget 2021–22 Transport Infrastructure Projects

New South Wales

 New Projects

 

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Great Western Highway Upgrade - Katoomba to Lithgow - Construction of East and West Sections

2,032.0

2,540.0

M5 Motorway - Moorebank Avenue - Hume Highway Intersection Upgrade

87.5

175.0

Manns Road – Intersection Upgrades at Narara Creek Road and Stockyard Place

52.8

66.0

Mount Ousley Interchange

240.0

300.0

Pacific Highway - Harrington Road Intersection Upgrade, Coopernook

48.0

60.0

Princes Highway Corridor (NSW)

 

 

Jervis Bay Road Intersection*

100.0

125.0

Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Road – Stage 1

400.0

500.0

Stacey St Bankstown - Planning

25.0

50.0

Total

2,985.3

3,816.0

 

 Existing Projects Receiving Additional Funding

Additional Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Appin Road

18.0

68.0

68.0

Eurobodalla Roads Upgrade Package

0.4

9.4

9.4

Far North Collector Road Network, Nowra

19.0

32.8

32.8

Warren Road Upgrade, Coonamble to Warren

0.03

1.93

4.83

Whipstick Bridge Upgrade, Wyndham

1.7

2.4

2.4

Total

39.1

114.5

117.4

 

Total Australian Government Funding in 2021-22 Budget

$3.02 billion

 

Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) Allocations of Existing Funding

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Toowoomba to Seymour – New South Wales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Boundary Road

8.2

10.2

Entrance to Mugincoble Silos Access Road

3.8

4.8

Forbes Iron Bridge Upgrade

36.0

45.0

Moree Intermodal Overpass

35.2

44.0

Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway Intersection Upgrade

20.0

40.0

Newell Highway and Oxley Highway Intersection Upgrade

32.0

40.0

Peak Hill Road Upgrade ‘Part 1’

8.6

10.8

Peak Hill Road Upgrade ‘Part 2’

7.8

9.7

Pilliga Road Upgrade

5.0

6.2

Purlewaugh Road Upgrade

2.4

3.0

Upgrades to Hargraves Lane and Federation Street

32.0

40.0

Tenterfield to Newcastle

 

 

Bald Nob Road Upgrade

4.5

5.6

Sunnyside Platform Road Upgrade

1.5

1.9

Total

197.0

261.2

*Allocation of existing funding

Victoria

New Projects

 

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Dairy Supply Chain Road Upgrades

17.5

34.9

Mallacoota-Genoa Road Upgrade

10.0

10.0

Monash Roads Upgrade

250.0

250.0

Outer Metropolitan Ring / E6 Corridor Detailed Business Case

10.0

20.0

Pakenham Roads Upgrade

380.0

380.0

Melbourne Intermodal Terminal – Planning and Development

61.8

123.6

Melbourne Intermodal Terminal – Delivery

2,000.0

4,000.0

Total

2,729.3

4,818.5

 

Existing Projects Receiving Additional Funding

Additional Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Commuter Car Park Upgrades

 

 

 

 

 

Belgrave/Lilydale Lines - Heathmont

3.9

18.9

18.9

Berwick Railway Station

49.2

64.2

64.2

Ferntree Gully

1.0

16.0

16.0

Frankston Line - Frankston

19.0

43.5

87.0

Ringwood

14.7

29.7

29.7

Forest Drive and Nepean Highway Intersection Upgrade

5.0

10.0

10.0

Green Triangle – Future Priorities

20.0

100.0

125.0

Hall Road Upgrade

56.8

141.3

282.5

Hume Freeway - O'Herns Road Interchange Upgrade

24.2

27.8

52.0

Melbourne to Mildura – Future Priorities

15.0

75.0

93.8

Plymouth Road Improvements

0.6

3.1

3.1

Princes Highway East

13.2

64.0

64.0

Princes Highway West

9.4

39.6

39.6

Uralla Road and Nepean Highway Intersection Upgrade

5.5

10.5

10.5

Western Port Highway Upgrade

30.4

57.5

115.0

Total

267.7

701.0

1,011.3

 

Total Australian Government Funding in 2021-22 Budget

$2.997 billion

 

Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) Allocations of Existing Funding

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Ballarat to Ouyen

 

Birchip-Rainbow Road - McLoughlans Road Intersection Upgrade

2.4

2.4

 

Scoping and Development

1.9

1.9

Echuca to Robinvale - Project Scoping

2.5

2.5

Green Triangle

 

 

 

Road Surface and Intersection Upgrades

7.4

7.4

 

Bridge Upgrades 

9.4

9.4

 

Scoping and Development

0.4

0.4

Melbourne to Mildura

 

Baileys Road Intersection, Sea Lake

3.0

3.0

 

Overtaking Lanes

12.5

12.5

 

Project Development and Preconstruction

4.4

4.4

 

Wide Centerline Treatment between Sunraysia Highway and Red Cliffs

2.8

3.8

Stawell to South Australian Border

 

Horsham Junction Upgrade

4.0

4.0

 

Nhill-Jeparit Road Intersection Upgrade

1.5

1.5

 

Project Scoping and Development

5.2

5.2

 

Seaby Street Intersection Upgrade

3.1

3.1

Toowoomba to Seymour – Victoria

 

Project Scoping and Development

3.0

3.0

 

Safety Barriers between Seymour and Shepparton

28.0

35.0

Total

 91.5

98.5

Queensland

New Projects

 

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Beerburrum to Nambour Duplication Study

5.0

10.0

Bruce Highway Additional Funding

400.0

500.0

Caboolture – Bribie Island Road (Hickey Road - King John Creek) Upgrade

10.0

20.0

Cairns Western Arterial Road Duplication

240.0

300.0

Gold Coast Rail Line Capacity Improvement (Kuraby to Beenleigh) – Preconstruction

178.1

356.2

Inland Freight Route (Mungindi to Charters Towers) Upgrades

400.0

500.0

Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road and Pialba-Burrum Heads Road Intersection Upgrade

35.3

44.1

Mooloolah River Interchange Upgrade (Packages 1 and 2)

160.0

320.0

Nicklin Way

7.0

18.2

Warrego Highway - Mt Crosby Road Interchange*

4.0

5.0

Total

1,439.4

2,062.2

 

Existing Projects Receiving Additional Funding

Additional Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Gold Coast Light Rail - Stage 3

126.6

395.6

1,041.1

Youngs Crossing Road, Lawnton

25.0

32.8

58.5

Total

151.6

428.4

1099.6

 

Total Australian Government Funding in 2021-22 Budget

$1.6 billion

*Allocation of existing funding

 Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) Allocations of Existing Funding

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Tennant Creek to Townsville Corridor Upgrade

 

 

 

Flinders Highway (Julia Creek to Cloncurry) - Scrubby Creek Pavement Strengthening and Widening

26.1

32.7

 

Flinders Highway (Townsville - Charters Towers) Overtaking Lanes - Packages 1 and 2

18.4

23.0

 

Flinders Highway (Townsville - Charters Towers) Wide Centre Line Treatment

7.8

9.7

Townsville to Roma Corridor Upgrade

 

 

 

Gregory Developmental Road (Charters Towers - The Lynd): Feeder Road - Pavement Strengthening and Widening - Package 1

12.2

15.3

 

Capricorn Highway and Gregory Highway Intersection Upgrade (Emerald)

6.3

7.9

Total

70.8

88.5

Western Australia

New Projects

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

 

Great Eastern Highway Upgrades - Coates Gully, Walgoolan to Southern Cross and Ghooli to Benari

200.0

250.0

 

Great Northern Highway - Broome to Kununurra (Nellie Springs to Sally Downs Well and Arthur Creek)

48.0

60.0

 

Indian Ocean Drive - Jurien Bay to Brand Highway

44.0

55.0

 

Kalgoorlie Rail Realignment - Business Case

2.0

2.5

 

Mandurah Estuary Bridge Duplication

55.0

110.0

 

Marble Bar Road Upgrade

48.0

120.0

 

METRONET: Hamilton Street / Wharf Street Grade Separations and Elevation of Associated Stations

237.5

475.0

 

Orrong Road Expressway - Graham Farmer Freeway to Leach Highway Planning*

10.0

20.0

 

Perth Airport Precinct - Northern Access

85.0

170.0

 

Reid Highway – Altone Road and Daviot Road / Drumpellier Drive - Grade Separated Intersections

112.5

225.0

 

Toodyay Road Upgrade - Dryandra to Toodyay

64.0

80.0

 

WA Agricultural Supply Chain Improvements - Package 1 

160.0

200.0

 

Wanneroo Road - Dunstan Road to Romeo Road -  Duplication

7.6

15.2

 

Total

1,073.6

1,782.7

 

 

Existing Projects Receiving Additional Funding

Additional Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Leach Highway (Welshpool Road interchange)

21.5

68.0

136.0

METRONET: Byford Extension

110.0

350.5

635.0

METRONET: High Capacity Signalling

31.5

133.8

267.6

Mitchell Freeway Extension - Hester Avenue to Romeo Road

8.5

116.0

232.0

Mitchell Freeway Widening Southbound – Cedric Street to Vincent Street

7.2

39.2

49.0

Port Augusta to Perth (WA) – Great Eastern Highway – Walgoolan to Southern Cross and Coates Gully

14.4

32.4

40.5

Regional State Road Safety Improvement Program

16.0

96.0

120.0

Thomas Road and Nicholson Road

4.0

14.0

28.0

Wanneroo Road-Morley Drive Intersection Upgrade, Balcatta

2.5

10.0

20.0

Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive Interchange

6.0

38.7

62.0

Total

221.6

898.6

1590.1

Total Australian Government Funding in 2021-22 Budget

$1.3 billion

*Allocation of existing funding

South Australia

New Projects

 

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Augusta Highway Duplication Stage 2

148.0

185.0

Eyre Highway Widening and Upgrade Planning Study

1.0

2.0

Greater Adelaide Freight Bypass Planning Study

5.0

10.0

Heysen Tunnel Refit and Upgrade – Stage 2

48.0

60.0

Kangaroo Island Road Safety and Bushfire Resilience Package

32.0

40.0

Marion Road and Sir Donald Bradman Drive Intersection Upgrade

22.5

45.0

Murray Bridge to South East Links Planning Study

2.5

5.0

North East Road and Nottage Terrace Intersection Upgrade

3.0

6.0

North-South Corridor – Darlington to Anzac Highway*

2,600.0

5,200.0

Truro Bypass

161.6

202.0

Total

3,023.6

5,755.0

 

Existing Projects Receiving Additional Funding

Additional Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands - Main Access Road Upgrade - Stuart Highway to Pukatja

12.0

125.4

156.8

Gawler Rail Line Electrification

60.0

280.0

560.0

Goodwood and Torrens Junctions

3.1

205.7

388.6

Overpass at Port Wakefield and Township Duplication

27.6

99.6

124.5

Strzelecki Track Upgrade - Sealing

64.0

164.0

205.0

Total

166.7

874.7

1434.9

 

Total Australian Government Funding in 2021-22 Budget

$3.2 billion

*Allocation of existing funding

Tasmania

New Projects

 

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Algona Road Grade Separated Interchange and Duplication of the Kingston Bypass

48.0

60.0

Huon Link Road

13.2

16.5

Midland Highway Upgrade -  Campbell Town North (Campbell Town to Epping Forest)*

37.8

54.0

Midland Highway Upgrade – Oatlands (Jericho to South of York Plains)*

36.4

45.5

Midland Highway Upgrade – Ross (Mona Vale Road to Campbell Town)*

35.7

44.6

Rokeby Road - South Arm Road Upgrades

44.0

55.0

Tasmanian Roads Package - Bass Highway Safety and Freight Efficiency Upgrades Package - Future Priorities

80.0

100.0

Total

295.1

375.6

 

Existing Projects Receiving Additional Funding

Additional Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Tasmanian Midland Highway Upgrade – Preconstruction*

3.5

18.9

25.9

Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation - Tranche 3 – Port of Burnie Shiploader Upgrade

24.0

64.0

64.0

Total

27.5

82.9

89.9

 

Total Australian Government Funding in 2021-22 Budget

$322.6 million

*Allocation of existing funding

Northern Territory

New Projects

 

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Development Study for a Proposed Tennant Creek Multimodal Facility and Rail Terminal*

0.3

0.3

Northern Territory National Network Highway Upgrades (Phase 2)

150.0

150.0

Northern Territory Gas Industry Roads Upgrades*

173.6

217.0

Total

323.9

367.3

 

Total Australian Government Funding in 2021-22 Budget

$323.9 million

 

Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) Allocations of Existing Funding

 

 

 

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Alice Springs to Darwin Corridor

 

 

 

Arnhem Highway Upgrade at Beatrice Hill

25.3

31.7

 

Roper Highway Upgrade (Stage 1)

4.3

5.4

Alice Springs to Halls Creek Corridor Upgrade - Scoping and Investigations

3.3

4.1

Total

33.0

41.2

*Project already announced

Australian Capital Territory

New Projects

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Beltana Road Improvements

2.50

5.0

Canberra Light Rail – Stage 2A*

132.5

265.0

William Hovell Drive Duplication

26.5

53.0

Total

161.5

323.0

 

Existing Projects Receiving Additional Funding

Additional Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Australian Government Funding

($ million)

Total Funding

($ million)

Gundaroo Drive Duplication

5.0

25.0

54.5

Variable Speed Limit System

0.8

1.1

4.5

Total

5.8

26.1

59.0

 

Total Australian Government Funding in 2021-22 Budget

$167.3 million

*Project already announced