Budget 21: $10 billion over 10 years on roads

Infrastructure spend identified region by region in pre-Budget announcements

Budget 21: $10 billion over 10 years on roads
The federal Budget road spend is foreshadowed


The federal government has outlined its transport infrastructure spending plans the day before the federal Budget is delivered.

The spending amounts to $10 billion more to the planned 10-year $100 billion infrastructure spend.

The preview announcements for each the state and territory gives the dollar amounts but little detail besides ministerial comments, with those specifically on the new spending noted below.

New South Wales

Key projects include:

  • $2.03 billion – Great Western Highway upgrade, Katoomba to Lithgow construction of east and west sections
  • $400 million – Princes Highway corridor, Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Road stage 1
  • $240 million – Mount Ousley interchange
  • $100 million – Princes Highway corridor, Jervis Bay Road intersection, allocation of existing funding
  • $87.5 million for M5 Motorway – Moorebank Avenue-Hume Highway intersection upgrade
  • $52.8 million for Manns Road intersection upgrades at Narara Creek Road and Stockyard Place
  • $48 million for Pacific Highway – Harrington Road intersection upgrade, Coopernook.

"Our more than $2 billion investment in upgrading Great Western Highway will bring enormous benefits, both in road safety and in the ongoing jobs that construction will support," federal infrastructure minister Michael McCormack says.


Key projects include:

  • $2 billion for initial investment in a new Melbourne intermodal terminal
  • additional $307 million – Pakenham Roads upgrade
  • additional $203.4 million – Monash Roads upgrade
  • additional $20 million – Green Triangle and $15 million, Melbourne to Mildura Roads of Strategic Importance corridors
  • additional $56.8 million – Hall Road upgrade
  • additional $30.4 million – Western Port Highway upgrade
  • $17.5 million – dairy supply chain road upgrades
  • $10 million – Mallacoota-Genoa Road upgrade.

"From building the intermodal Melbourne needs for a better future for freight and productivity, to improving the key road connections in the outer suburbs and regional areas – these projects will support more than 3,000 direct and indirect jobs across Victoria," prime minister Scott Morrison says.

McCormack says the substantial injection of funding is a "key plank" of the government’s plan to help Australia bounce back stronger than ever from the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Our $2 billion investment in a new Melbourne Intermodal Terminal will transform the way freight moves, not just in Victoria but right across the country," he adds.

"The new Intermodal Terminal in Melbourne will create around 1,350 jobs during peak construction and a further 550 jobs during peak operation – that’s delivery in action.

"This Budget commits funding for various projects under key Roads of Strategic Importance initiatives on the Ballarat to Ouyen, Echuca to Robinvale, Green Triangle, Melbourne to Mildura, Stawell to South Australian border and Toowoomba to Seymour corridors."

According to federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg, the initial investment of $2 billion to build a new intermodal terminal would meet the country’s future freight needs and to link up to the inland rail taking up to 5,500 trucks off Melbourne’s roads every day.

"An intermodal terminal in Melbourne will help to boost the productivity of the nation by helping businesses get their products to domestic and international markets faster following the completion of Inland Rail," Frydenberg says.

Read the industry response to the announcements, here

Federal urban infrastructure minister Paul Fletcher says $510 million in funding aims to improve congestion through $307 million for the Pakenham Roads upgrade project along with an additional $203.4 million for the Monash Roads upgrade project

 "These projects will improve traffic flow at two sets of pinch points along the Monash Freeway, which build upon previous commitments and provide for more efficient, integrated delivery," Fletcher adds.


Key projects include:

  • $400 million – Inland Freight Route (Mungindi to Charters Towers) upgrades
  • An additional $400 million for Bruce Highway upgrades
  • $240 million – Cairns Western Arterial road duplication
  • $178.1 million – Gold Coast Rail Line Capacity Improvement (Kuraby to Beenleigh), preconstruction
  • $160 million – Mooloolah River interchange  upgrade (Packages 1 and 2)
  • an additional $126.6 million for Gold Coast Light Rail stage 3
  • $35.3 million – Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road and Pialba-Burrum Heads Road intersection upgrade
  • $10 million – Caboolture-Bribie Island Road, Hickey Road-King John Creek upgrade.

South Australia

Key projects include:

  • $2.6 billion allocation of funding – North-South Corridor Darlington to Anzac Highway
  • $161.6 million – Truro Bypass
  • $148 million – Augusta Highway duplication stage 2
  • additional $64 million – Strzelecki Track upgrade sealing
  • additional $60 million – Gawler Rail Line electrification
  • $48 million – Heysen Tunnel refit and upgrade stage 2
  • additional $27.6 million – overpass at Port Wakefield and township duplication
  • $32 million – Kangaroo Island road safety and Bushfire Resilience Package
  • $22.5 million – Marion Road and Sir Donald Bradman Drive intersection upgrade.

"Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and the federal government is playing our part by improving local roads and infrastructure across the state to get South Australians home sooner and safer," McCormack says.

"Investing more than $160 million   for the Truro Bypass is just one example of our ongoing commitment to building the infrastructure South Australians need, want, expect and deserve."

Fletcher says the Budget is also delivering additional funding to progress delivery of priority projects.

"We are committing $60 million in additional funding for the Gawler Rail Line Electrification and $3.1 million in additional funding for Goodwood and Torrens Junctions," he says.

"The government will continue to invest in the South Australian economy in the coming years, including through key congestion-busting projects such as the next North-South Corridor priority between Darlington and the Anzac Highway, as well as priority intersection upgrades."

Finance minister Simon Birmingham says this funding injection would support projects in Adelaide as well as those across regional SA, including the APY Lands for the Main Access Road upgrade between the Stuart Highway and Pukatja, and the Port Wakefield overpass and township.

Northern Territory

Key projects include:

  • $25.3 million – Arnhem Highway Upgrade at Beatrice Hill – Alice Springs to Darwin corridor
  • $25.3 million – Roper Highway Upgrade (Stage 1) – Alice Springs to Darwin corridor
  • $3.3 million – Alice Springs to Halls Creek corridor upgrade scoping and investigations.

Australian Capital Territory

Key projects include:

  • $26.5 million – duplicate the remaining sections of William Hovell Drive
  • additional $5 million – Gundaroo Drive duplication
  • additional $2.5 million – upgrades to Beltana Road in Pialligo.

Western Australia

WA's spend was announced last week.

Key projects include:

  • $347.5 million for Metronet 
  • $200 million – Great Eastern Highway upgrades, Coates Gully, Walgoolan to Southern Cross and Ghooli to Benari
  • $160 million – WA agricultural supply chain improvements package 1
  • $112.5 million for the Reid Highway – Altone Road and Daviot Road-Drumpellier Drive grade-separated intersections
  • $85 million – Perth Airport Precinct, northern access
  • $64 million – Toodyay Road upgrade, Dryandra to Toodyay
  • $55 million for the Mandurah Estuary Bridge duplication
  • $31.5 million towards the Metronet high capacity signalling project.


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