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The 2019 Australian Infrastructure Outlook

Author: Brendan Redwood

Published date: 2018/12


It’s no secret that Australia is in the early stages of our most recent Infrastructure boom! There are number of multi-billion dollar projects (or Mega Projects) currently under way or soon to be started. The Federal Government will invest $75 billion into Transport Infrastructure over the next decade, with $24 billion already committed to 2018/19 Budget. This has all come about due to the limited spending in the previous decade.

Let’s do a whip around the nation and have a look at what projects are underway or about to get started in each state.


New South Wales Infrastructure Projects

  • Coffs Harbour Bypass: $971 million
  • Nowra Bridge construction: $155 million
  • Port Botany Rail Line Duplication: $400 million
  • Western Sydney North-South rail: $50 million to joint fund a business case with the New South Wales Government
  • Barton Highway corridor: $100 million for the continued upgrade of the highway, which is an important link between regional New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory


Victorian Infrastructure Projects

  • Melbourne Airport Rail Link: Up to $5 billion
  • North East Link: $15 billion
  • Monash Rail: $475 million
  • Frankston to Baxter Rail Link Electrification Upgrade: $225 million
  • Victorian Congestion Package: $140 million
  • Continued investment in regional rail (Geelong Line): $50 million
  • Completion of the duplication of the Princes Highway East (Traralgon to Sale): $132 million
  • The government also remains committed to the East West Link and its offer of $3 billion stands


Queensland Infrastructure Projects

  • Bruce Highway: $3.3 billion for continued upgrades to the Bruce Highway:
    • $880 million Pine River to Caloundra corridor upgrade
    • $800 million for the Cooroy to Curra—Section D
    • $200 million for additional safety works
  • M1 Pacific Motorway: $1 billion towards upgrades between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, and between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill
  • Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade: $390 million
  • Brisbane Metro: $300 million
  • Cunningham Highway (Amberley Interchange): $170 million
  • Toowoomba to Brisbane Passenger Rail Business Case: $15 million to support planning
  • Queensland will also receive a share of the $1.5 billion ROSI initiative—Northern
  • Australia Package, and a share of the $160 million commitment to the Outback Way, both to be allocated across the three northern jurisdictions


Western Australian Infrastructure Projects

  • METRONET: An additional $1.1 billion, taking the total Australian Government funding to $2.3 billion, including new projects announced in the budget:
    • $500 million for Morley-Ellenbrook Line
    • $241 million for Byford Extension
    • $83 million for the Midland Station project
    • $2 million for Lakelands business case
    • $226 million for further projects to be agreed
  • Road Projects: $1.5 billion including:
    • Bunbury Outer Ring Road (stages two and three): $560 million
    • $252.5 million for Tonkin Highway stage three Extension
    • $145 million for Tonkin Highway Gap
    • $183 million for Tonkin Highway interchanges
    • $107.5 million for Mitchell Freeway Extension—Hester Avenue to Romeo Road
    • $46.5 million for Leach Highway (Welshpool Road interchange)
    • $144 million for Roe Highway/Great Eastern Highway Bypass and Abernethy Road/Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchanges)
    • $65 million for Stephenson Avenue Extension Bindoon Bypass—Great Northern Highway: $220 million though the ROSI initiative EastLink WA (Orange Route) Business Case—$10 million
  • Western Australia will also receive a share of the $1.5 billion ROSI initiative—Northern Australia Package, and a share of the $160 million commitment to the Outback Way, both to be allocated across the three northern jurisdictions
  • The government also remains committed to the Perth Freight Link and its offer of $1.2 billion stands


South Australian Infrastructure Projects

  • North South Corridor Future Priorities:
    • North-South Corridor—Regency Road to Pym Street: $177 million
    • Future Priorities: $1.21 billion
  • Joy Baluch Bridge: $160 million
  • Gawler Rail Line Electrification: $220 million


Tasmanian Infrastructure Projects

  • Bridgewater Bridge Replacement: $461 million
  • Freight Rail Revitalisation: An additional $59.8 million to be provided from 2019–20
  • Tasmania will also receive dedicated funding of $400 million from the ROSI initiative for a Tasmanian Roads Package, focusing on the Bass Highway


Australian Capital Territory Infrastructure Projects

  • Monaro Highway Upgrade: $100 million
  • ACT will also benefit from the increased connectivity with NSW generated through the ROSI initiative to upgrade the Barton Highway 


Northern Territory Infrastructure Projects

  • Central Arnhem Road Upgrade: $180 million
  • Buntine Highway Upgrade: $100 million
  • The Northern Territory will also receive a share of the $1.5 billion ROSI initiative—Northern Australia Package, and a share of the $160 million commitment to the Outback Way, both to be allocated across the three northern jurisdictions


Northern Australian Infrastructure Projects

  • ROSI initiative—Northern Australia Package: $1.5 billion, shared across Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia
  • Outback Way: $160 million, allocated across Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia

With all of this work, I am excited to see what part innovation and technology will play in the construction and maintenance of these projects. We have already come a long way in such a short amount of time. I only remember a few years ago every speed sign was fixed to a post now we have digital signs that can change speeds, tell us when there is a crash and are more interactive. We have also seen a number of Australian firsts with an elevated rail on the level crossing project (Caulfield to Dandenong), high capacity signalling (Melbourne Metro), and recycled plastic used in asphalt in Western Australia.

One thing is for sure, there will be lots of opportunity for innovation with the amount of work we have in the market!


Brendan Redwood is a Director at Fetch Recruitment, and heads up the Civil & Construction Labour Hire team. You can connect with Brendan on LinkedIn here.

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