Infrastructure investment

Transport is a major contributor to economic outcomes. The transport sector represents 4.4 percent of GDP, and almost half of Australia’s major infrastructure construction is undertaken within the transport sector.

Investment in and delivery of publicly owned transport infrastructure is the responsibility of all three levels of government. The Australian Government has committed over $75 billion for the next 10 years to transport infrastructure across Australia. This investment is assisting in building more liveable cities, enabling better-connected regional communities, driving key productivity improvements and creating safer roads.

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Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project connecting regional Australia to domestic and international markets, transforming the way we move freight around the country. It will complete the ‘spine’ of the national freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. This new 1,700km line is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia. It will connect our farms, mines, cities and ports to global markets and will support Australia’s four richest farming regions; provide supply chain benefits and substantial cost savings for producers. The Australian Government, through the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), is delivering the multi-billion dollar infrastructure in partnership with the private sector. The Government has committed $8.4 billion to deliver Inland Rail, on top of the previously funded $900 million.

National Broadband Network - NBN

This project is under construction

NBN Construction

Australian Government

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is Australia’s first national wholesale-only, open access broadband network. NBN Co Limited (NBN Co), the company rolling out the network, is delivering broadband to all Australians using a mix of technologies. NBN Co is rolling out the network and selling wholesale services to retail service providers who in turn, offer retail services to Australian homes and businesses. For the purposes of reflecting on NICS, the NBN is represented for each state and territory. The indicative peak funding range to complete construction of the NBN by 2020 is between $46 billion to $56 billion, with a base case of $49 billion. NBN Co is rolling out the NBN using a multi-technology mix model to complete the rollout as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. The multi-technology mix model uses the technology best matched to each area of Australia. Further information is available at

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