Federal Budget boost for Victorian infrastructure

Victoria continues to benefit from the Morrison-Joyce Government’s record infrastructure investment, with over $3.3 billion committed to the state’s infrastructure pipeline in this week’s Federal Budget.

As part of our plan for a stronger future, our Government is continuing to invest in projects that create jobs, keep commuters and freight safe and moving, and drive economic growth.

With investments in new and existing infrastructure projects in every state and territory, the Government’s national rolling 10-year infrastructure investment pipeline will increase from $110 billion to over $120 billion, a new record.

Key new projects funded in Victoria in the 2022–23 Budget include:

  • $3.1 billion in new commitments to deliver the $3.6 billion Melbourne Intermodal Terminal Package:
  • $1.2 billion for the Beveridge Interstate Freight Terminal in Beveridge, taking the total investment to $1.62 billion;
  • $280 million for Road Connections, including Camerons Lane Interchange, to the Beveridge Interstate Freight Terminal; 
  • $740 million for the Western Interstate Freight Terminal in Truganina 
  • $920 million for the Outer Metropolitan Ring - South Rail connection to the Western Interstate Freight Terminal
  • $109.5 million for the Mickleham Road Upgrade

The Budget also includes additional funding for existing projects, including:

  • $45 million for the Ballarat to Ouyen – Future Priorities
  • $23.1 million for the Canterbury Road Upgrade

This brings the Coalition’s total infrastructure investment in Victoria since 2013 to more than $35.5 billion across nearly 300 road and rail infrastructure projects, with 99 projects having been completed in the period.

Australian Government-funded transport infrastructure projects that are currently under construction in Victoria are expected to support around 11,500 jobs over the life of the projects, with the next wave of major projects such as the Melbourne Airport Rail Link to commence construction this year.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Government’s record infrastructure investment was keeping Australians moving and supporting thousands of local jobs across the country.

“A strong economy means a stronger future,” the Prime Minister said.

“Continuing to provide record future funding for road and rail projects is a key part of our economic plan for the long term to keep our economy strong.

“By investing in these projects we are delivering the infrastructure that the Australian economy needs to grow, to get Australians home sooner and safer, and generate thousands of jobs and new opportunities for small businesses right across the State.

“Australia’s future success relies on a strong economy. Our strong economic recovery is being driven by our record funding for major road projects right across the country.

“Our investment in these infrastructure projects will support more than 6,500 direct and indirect jobs in Victoria over the construction life of these projects, providing certainty and security for businesses and communities across the State.”

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said infrastructure is a key pillar of our economic plan to grow the economy and get more Australians into work.

"With the unemployment rate already at an equal 48 year low, the measures in this Budget will create an additional 40,000 jobs across Australia, building on our world leading economic recovery,” the Treasurer said.

“By enhancing transport connectivity, we’re strengthening our supply chains against challenges such as COVID-related disruptions and the impact of natural disasters. This gives businesses and consumers the confidence and certainty they need in uncertain times.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Government is building the infrastructure that will make our nation and economy stronger.

“As an exporting nation, Australia relies on our commodities reaching international markets to generate the wealth that underpins our standard of living and prosperity,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“We are building Inland Rail to better connect our exporting industries with their customers, so that our nation can continue to earn the money that pays for the services Australians need and deserve.

“Our commitment to delivering new intermodal terminals in Melbourne will ensure we have the right infrastructure in place at the end of the line to get these products to their local and global destinations.”

Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said the Government’s significant investment in intermodal terminals at Beveridge and Truganina would help meet the forecasted increase in freight over the coming decades, especially in Melbourne with the planned closure of Dynon terminal in 2031.

“Victoria is the freight and logistics capital of Australia. To maintain this advantage, the delivery of two modern and advanced intermodal terminals in the north and west of Melbourne to support Inland Rail, as well as east-west freight rail flows, is a priority,” Minister Fletcher said.

“Our investment in two terminals and connecting infrastructure will help remove around 5,500 truck movements per day from metropolitan arterial roads in Melbourne in the next 15 years, significantly reducing congestion and emissions across the CBD, and improving safety.

“Our Government has a strong track record in delivering infrastructure that improves connections, reduces congestion and helps keep Australians moving, particularly across our fast growing urban centres.”

For more information on investments in Victoria, visit www.investment.infrastructure.gov.au.

Project Name

Total AG Contribution
($m)

Additional funding at 2022-23 Budget
($m)

Regional Status

Location

Victoria

New Projects

Melbourne Intermodal Terminal Package:

Additional Commitment: 3,113

Both

Melbourne

 

  • Beveridge Interstate Freight Terminal

1,193

(Total AG Commitment 1,620)

 

 

  • Beveridge terminal road connection upgrades, incl. Camerons Lane Interchange

280

 

 

  • Western Interstate Freight Terminal

740

 

  • Outer Metropolitan Ring Rail South

920

 

Mickleham Road Upgrade

109.5

New Project

Urban

Mickleham, Greenvale

Commuter Car Park Upgrade - Frankston Line - Kananook

18.0

New Project

Urban

Frankston

Princes Highway East - Nowa Nowa Safety Upgrades

0.5

New Project

Regional

Nowa Nowa, East Gippsland

Additional Funding For Existing Projects

Pakenham Roads Upgrade

391.5

11.5

Urban

Pakenham, South East Melbourne

Ballarat to Ouyen - Future Priorities

50.7

45.0

Regional

North West Victoria

Canterbury Road Upgrade

47.6

23.1

Urban

Eastern Melbourne

Princes Highway Intersection Upgrades - Pakenham to Beaconsfield

21.6

3.8

Urban

South East Melbourne

Commuter Car Park Upgrades - Hampton

12.5

8.5

Urban

South East Melbourne

Yarra Boulevard Upgrade

7.0

2.0

Urban

Kew, East Melbourne

Tortice Drive and Warrandyte Road Intersection Upgrade, Ringwood North

4.8

4.5

Urban

Ringwood North, East Melbourne

Media contacts:

Prime Minister – Press Office | 02 6277 7744

Deputy Prime Minister – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 | Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au

Treasurer – Kane Silom | 0438 225 175 | Kane.Silom@treasury.gov.au

Minister Fletcher – Erin Forster | 0448 207 414 | Erin.Forster@communications.gov.au