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

Infrastructure Australia confirms Australian Government priorities

Media Release


07 October 2016

I welcome Infrastructure Australia's announcement today that they have assessed the business cases of four major projects and included them in the Infrastructure Priority List.

The list identifies projects that are sound investments to address our nation's infrastructure gaps and to help to meet the transport challenges of the future.

Infrastructure Australia's Board categorised the $1 billion M80 Ring Road Upgrade in Melbourne as a high-priority project, and gave ‘priority’ status to:

  • the Perth–Forrestfield Airport Rail Link (Western Australia);
  • the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal (New South Wales); and
  • the Adelaide–Tarcoola Rail Upgrade (South Australia).

Work on the Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway section of the M80 Ring Road Upgrade in Melbourne got underway less than a week ago.

The Australian and Victorian governments are each contributing $150 million to that section of the upgrade.

The Australian Government has committed a further $350 million to the $700 million total estimated cost of completing the remaining three sections. This funding is conditional on the Victorian Government agreeing to provide a matching contribution.

The 2016–17 Federal Budget also included $490 million towards the Forrestfield Airport Link, as well as funding for the Moorebank Intermodal Company to progress the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal. The Government has also committed funds to Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to fast-track the Adelaide–Tarcoola Rail Upgrade.

With these business cases assessed, we can be assured that these projects are well-placed to meet Australia's transport challenges and will deliver significant economic and productivity benefits, improved safety and better connectivity for our communities.

I look forward to continuing work with state and territory governments across Australia to develop priority infrastructure.