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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister 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

Coalition Welcomes IA Public Transport Report

Media Release


26 October 2018

The Coalition Government today welcomed the release of Infrastructure Australia's report on outer urban public transport, which provides recommendations to improve public transport connections in Australia's major cities.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the Government recognised effective and efficient public transport for outer suburbs was central to busting congestion in our major cities and was a challenge for all levels of government.

“Having effective public transport connections is critical in providing access to jobs and services—maintaining our cities as liveable, thriving and vibrant economic centres—and the Government welcomes IA's contribution to this important debate,” Mr Tudge said.

“The Coalition are investing significantly in public transport for urban areas across Australia's major cities as part of our $75 billion commitment to transport infrastructure.”

“While state governments own, operate and have financial responsibility for public transport networks, the Coalition has invested more funding into public transport than any other federal government in history,” Mr Tudge said.

The Coalition's investment is public transport infrastructure includes:

  • $5 billion to link Melbourne Airport to the city;
  • $475 million for Monash Rail;
  • $225 million on upgrading the Frankston to Baxter Link;
  • $160 million on the Geelong Rail Line upgrade;
  • $50 million for rail business case to link Western Sydney to the airport;
  • $2.3 billion towards Perth's METRONET projects
  • $300 million to develop Brisbane Metro;
  • $220 million to electrify the Gawler line in Adelaide

Mr Tudge said this kind of investment keeps our capital cities moving and ensures those living in outer suburbs are not being forgotten.

“These investments provide huge benefits for commuters in outer suburban areas who so often have to spend long periods of time stuck in traffic to get to work.”

“Our cities are expanding rapidly, particularly in outer urban areas, and close to half the population of our five largest cities live in these outer suburbs. This makes public transport and urban planning key to unlocking economic prosperity, improving liveability and creating the cities of the future.”

The Outer Urban Public Transport: Improving accessibility in lower-density areas report can be accessed at

More information on the Australian Government's infrastructure project pipeline is available at