Our Plan

Issue 05

Record Infrastructure Investment

The Government’s $75 billion investment into transport infrastructure will bust congestion and boost our economy.

We are investing, on average, $2 billion per year more than Labor. We are investing in a way that gets better results for taxpayers.

We have committed to a 10 Year Infrastructure Pipeline including:

  • Major road upgrades to bust congestion, improve safety and help businesses move more efficiently.
  • Better public transport to improve access and liveability in our cities including:
    • Gold Coast Light Rail, Brisbane Metro and North Coast Rail in Queensland.
    • Sydney Metro and Western Sydney rail in NSW.
    • Melbourne Airport Rail Link and the Frankston to Baxter upgrade in Victoria.
    • Flinders Rail Link in Adelaide.
    • METRONET in Perth.
  • Building Western Sydney Airport after five decades of indecision.
  • An historic investment of $9.3 billion in Inland Rail will change the way freight is moved between Melbourne and Brisbane whilst promoting economic opportunities and jobs.
  • Removing traffic pinch points through a $1 billion Urban Congestion Fund.
  • Upgrading key regional road corridors through the $3.5 billion Roads of Strategic Importance Initiative. This will upgrade key freight routes and help agriculture and mining exporters.
  • Safer local roads and bridges through the Roads to Recovery, Black Spot and Bridges Renewals programs.
  • Helping connect remote communities through the Remote Airstrip Upgrades Program.

We are backing major infrastructure projects in a smarter way.

Instead of the Australian Government handing over grants, we are ensuring taxpayers get better value, by making use of equity investments and concessional loans.

With City Deals, we are breaking away from the old approach of governments blaming each other, while taxpayers get ripped off.

City Deals ensure all levels of government work together, with investment coordinated to benefit taxpayers.

City Deals are already up and running in Western Sydney, Townsville, Launceston and Darwin.

We have made clear a $154 million commitment in Geelong and have nearly finalised Deals for Hobart and Perth. We are also actively engaging with the South Australian Government on an Adelaide City Deal.

Below is a summary of some of the major projects we are investing in.



  • Linking Western Sydney to the city, airport and ports, with up to 52 traffic lights gone and 40 minutes saved. Stage 2 construction commenced ahead of schedule.
  • 10,000 construction jobs.


  • Connecting the Central Coast to Sydney, avoiding up to 40 traffic lights on the Pacific Highway and 21 on Pennant Hills Road.
  • 8,700 jobs.

Pacific Highway

  • Four lane divided road from near Newcastle to Queensland, with crashes reduced and travel times cut by up to 2.5 hours.
  • 14,400 direct and indirect jobs.

Sydney Metro

  • The Australian Government is contributing $1.7 billion for the Sydney Metro project, which will deliver 31 new stations and 66km of new rail from Sydney’s North West, under the harbour, to the South West.

Coffs Harbour Bypass

  • 14km of four lane divided highway bypassing Coffs Harbour CBD, avoiding 12 sets of traffic lights, reducing travel times and increasing safety.
  • Hundreds of jobs created over the life of the project.

Nowra Bridge

  • Will cut travel times for about 50,000 vehicles a day.
  • Around 300 jobs supported.

Port Botany Rail Line Duplication

  • Fully funding the $400 million Port Botany Rail line duplication to ease pressure and improve safety on Sydney roads.

Western Sydney Airport and related infrastructure

  • After decades of indecision, Western Sydney Airport is being built and is due to open in 2026.
  • This will be a catalyst for 200,000 new jobs in Western Sydney over the next 20 years.
  • We’re building the vital road infrastructure first, so it is completed before the Airport.

A Western Sydney City Deal with the NSW Government and eight councils

  • A new North South Rail linking communities to the airport and new jobs.
  • A Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis providing a commercial and industrial hub next to the airport, with advanced manufacturing, research, medical, education and commercial facilities.
  • New STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) education facilities to train workers for new jobs.
  • An Investment Attraction Office for Western Parkland City, which will help realise our goal of a “30-minute city”, bringing people closer to jobs, education and services.
  • A 5G (5th Generation Wireless System) trial to deliver smart, digital technology.


Melbourne Airport Rail Line

  • Delivering the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, after more than 50 years of waiting, through a $5 billion investment.

North East Link

  • Construction of a new motorway providing Melbourne with a complete orbital road connection for the first time.
  • This will reduce congestion and travel times for commuters and freight.

Monash Freeway

  • Additional lanes will unlock productivity in Melbourne by reducing congestion along the M1 corridor.

Frankston to Baxter Rail Upgrade

  • Duplication and electrification of 8kms of rail line bringing high capacity trains close to the Mornington Peninsula community, reducing travel times and improving connectivity to the city.

Regional Rail

  • More than $1.6 billion in funding to improve services on the Ballarat Line, the Gippsland Line and the North East Line and funding for Murray Basin Rail.


  • Completes the three remaining sections of the M80 Western Ring Road and improves traffic flow along one of Victoria’s critical freight corridors.

Tullamarine Freeway

  • Widening from Melrose Drive to Melbourne Airport.

Great Ocean Road

  • Strengthening bridges and upgrading pavement, guardrails, cliff and land slip sites.

Geelong City Deal

  • The Australian Government has contributed $154 million towards a Geelong City Deal.
  • This includes a complete transformation of the Twelve Apostles precinct and the Shipwreck Coast, so it can become a major tourist destination rather than a day trip.
  • It will also support a new Geelong convention centre and infrastructure to revitalise the city centre.

Western Highway

  • Ballarat to Stawell duplication, with further funding to duplicate the road from Buangor to Ararat.

Princes Highway

  • Duplication from Traralgon to Sale and from Winchelsea to Colac, to help bring regional communities together and link key industries to markets.

The Liberal and Nationals Government also remains committed to the East West Link. Our offer to contribute $3 billion still stands, should the Andrews Labor Government reverse its opposition.


Bruce Highway

  • A $10 billion, 10 year commitment to upgrade the Bruce Highway, to improve safety, congestion and flood immunity, reducing travel times for motorists and freight.
  • New funding in the 2018 Budget was provided for upgrades between Pine River and Caloundra and Cooroy to Curra.
  • New funding to prioritise northbound and southbound access points around the intersection of Dohles Rocks Road and the Bruce Highway.


  • Busting congestion on the M1 by investing $1 billion towards two high-priority upgrade projects – one between Varsity Lakes and Tugun on the Gold Coast end of the M1 Corridor, the other between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill.
  • Work is also continuing to deliver the Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes and M1/Gateway Motorway merge upgrades.

Gateway Motorway North

  • Widening from four to six lanes, improving access and better connecting the Bruce Highway, Northern Brisbane and the Port of Brisbane. This will create 1,000 jobs.

Toowoomba Range Crossing

  • Cutting travel times and removing traffic from Toowoomba Town Centre and creating 1,800 jobs.

Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade

  • Duplication of approximately 20kms of rail line and upgrades to ensure passenger and freight capacity can grow.
  • This will reduce travel time for passengers and businesses who rely on the line to transport goods.

Townsville City Deal

  • $200 million for water infrastructure and $100 million for the new North Queensland Stadium.

Gold Coast Light Rail

  • Funding for Stage 2 enabled completion in time for the Commonwealth Games. Funding for Stage 3A is now on the table.



  • Investing $2.3 billion to connect suburbs, reduce road congestion and meet Perth’s future infrastructure needs.

Northlink WA

  • A new 40km highway to improve freight and save travel times through the Swan Valley, supporting 1,000 jobs.

Bunbury Outer Ring Road

  • Giving commuters and freight a more direct route, instead of needing to drive through town. This will help ease congestion and improve safety in the Bunbury Region.

Perth Congestion Package

  • A range of projects to address congestion and improve safety, including more than $500 million for upgrades to the Tonkin Highway.

Other Road Upgrades

  • Major upgrades, including: Great Northern Highway (between Muchea and Wumbin), Armadale Road duplication and Armadale Road Bridge.


North South Corridor and Northern Connector project

  • Better connecting Adelaide’s port, airport and freight terminals.
  • 1,330 new jobs.

Joy Baluch Bridge

  • Widening and duplication will allow two lanes of traffic to flow each way and provide greatly improved safety, efficiency and reliability for residents and visitors at Port Augusta.

Flinders Link rail project

  • Reducing travel time to the CBD by 30 minutes and improving accessibility to Flinders University and South Australia's second largest hospital.
  • 150 new jobs.

Oaklands Crossing and Marion Drive upgrades.


Midland Highway Upgrade

  • Improving safety and freight efficiency between Hobart and Launceston.
  • 235 new jobs.

Bridgewater Bridge Replacement

  • Hobart will benefit from a new four-lane bridge which will cater to the growing needs of the region, leading to faster and safer travel.

Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation

  • Re-sleepering, re-railing and associated track upgrade works on Tasmania’s major rail freight corridors. This will provide additional rail capacity and reduce freight costs.


We are upgrading the Buntine Highway and Central Arnhem Road.

The Darwin City Deal will boost the local economy, small businesses and jobs.

It includes immediate investment of $100 million from both the Federal Government and the NT Government to support:

  • A new education and civic precinct, with a new Charles Darwin University campus as well as retail, commercial and community spaces.
  • Construction of a new Art Gallery.
  • A new Urban Living Lab led by the CSIRO.
  • Transformation of public spaces in the CBD to create cooler, greener streetscapes.
  • Redevelopment of a key piece of Defence-owned land at Stokes Hill.
  • Additional support for the Larrakia people, including an 8.8% employment target and 3% supplier-use target for City Deal projects.


The Monaro Highway Upgrade will help to facilitate the growth of the ACT and improve connectivity with NSW.

The ACT will also benefit from the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative through $100 million in funding focused on the Barton Highway corridor.


Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

  • Unlocking the economic potential of the North through $5 billion in concessional loans that will deliver major economic infrastructure.

Northern Australia Roads

  • $600 million investment in priority road projects in key strategic corridors in Northern Australia.

Beef Roads Program

  • $100 million investment to upgrade roads necessary for transporting cattle in Northern Australia.

Outback Way

  • $330 million to deliver upgrades across three jurisdictions.

Information current as at November 2018