• Federal Budget 2020-2021

For the latest federal budget information visit: FEDERAL BUDGET 2021

JobMaker Plan Infrastructure Investment

The Federal Government has committed more than $12.5 billion in additional infrastructure funding across the country as part of its JobMaker Plan. The funding includes $5 billion for the JobMaker Plan – Infrastructure Investment – road safety and upgrades, JobMaker Plan – Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program extension and a National Water Grid program. The remaining $7.5 billion has been allocated to priority road and rail projects across the states and territories.

State and Territory measures

Queensland

Queensland will benefit from a further $1.3 billion in funding for priority road and rail projects across the state. Significant funding includes:

  • $750 million for the Coomera Connector Stage 1 (Coomera to Nerang)
  • $201.2 million for the Bruce Highway
  • $112 million for the Centenary Bridge Upgrade.

The additional funding will bring the Federal Government’s total Queensland transport infrastructure commitment to more than $28.5 billion.

New South Wales

The Federal Government has committed an additional $2.7 billion to road and rail projects in New South Wales, bringing the total transport infrastructure commitment to more than $39 billion. Key funding measures include:

  • $603 million for the New England Highway – Singleton Bypass and Bolivia Hill Upgrade
  • $591.7 million for the Newell Highway Upgrade
  • $490.6 million for the Coffs Harbour Bypass.

Australian Capital Territory

The Federal Government will allocate $155.3 million in funding for priority road projects in the Australian Capital Territory. Spending on major infrastructure upgrades will include:

  • $87.5 million for the Molonglo River Bridge
  • $50.0 million for the Canberra – Southwest Corridor Upgrade package.

The funding will bring the Federal Government’s total ACT transport infrastructure commitment to over $975.0 million.

Northern Territory

The Federal Government will provide $189.5 million for priority road projects in the Northern Territory. This increases the Government’s total contribution to transport infrastructure in the Northern Territory to over $2.7 billion. This funding includes:

  • $120 million for the Carpentaria Highway Upgrade
  • $46.6 million for the Northern Territory National Network Highway Upgrades
  • $22.9 million for the Stuart Highway Upgrade at Coolalinga.

South Australia

The Government has committed $625.2 million to priority road and rail projects in South Australia, bringing the total commitment to transport infrastructure in South Australia to over $9.8 billion. This funding includes:

  • $200 million for the Hahndorf Township Improvements and Access Upgrade
  • $136.0 million for the Princes Highway Corridor
  • $136.0 million for the Main South Road Duplication Stage 2 — Aldinga to Sellicks Beach.

Western Australia

The Federal Government will provide an additional $1.1 billion over four years for Western Australia’s priority road and rail projects, including:

  • $227.1 million to Metronet for High Capacity Signalling and the Morley-Ellenbrook Line
  • $87.5 million for the Reid Highway Interchanges at West Swan Road.
  • The additional funding increases the Government’s commitment to transport infrastructure in Western Australia to over $15.4 billion.

Victoria

The Federal Government will contribute $1.1 billion towards road and rail projects in Victoria, increasing the total commitment to Victoria’s transport infrastructure to over $31.5 billion. The additional funding includes:

  • $320 million for the Shepparton Rail Line Upgrade
  • $292 million for Barwon Heads Road
  • $208 million for stage 2 of the Warrnambool Rail Upgrade.

Tasmania

The Federal Government has announced $359.6 million in additional funding for priority road projects in Tasmania. The funding includes:

  • $150 million for the Hobart to Sorell Corridor, Midway Point Causeway and Sorell Causeway
  • $72 million for the Tasman Roads Package include various highway upgrades.
  • The additional spend increases the Federal Government’s commitment to Tasmanian infrastructure to over $3.2 billion.

National Programs

National Water Grid

The Federal Government will spend $2 billion across ten years on a priority water infrastructure investments program to support agricultural output and increase water security. The majority of the funding will provide grant funding for the planning and construction of water infrastructure in partnership with states and territories.

Local roads and community infrastructure program – extension

The Government will extend the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program at a cost of $1 billion over two years, increasing the total funding for the Program to $1.5 billion. The Program supports local councils to maintain and deliver social infrastructure and improve road safety.

Infrastructure Investment — road safety and upgrades

The Government will spend $2 billion over two years to fund small scale road safety upgrades, such as road widening, centre lines and barriers. The Government will provide funding to the states and territories upon successful delivery of road safety projects. 

BDO Comment

BDO welcomes the Government’s increased commitment to infrastructure projects across the country. The increased infrastructure spend will help to support economic recovery and jobs in the construction sector, while also providing flow-on economic benefits to the nation’s tourism and transportation industries.

The National Water Grid program will afford well-needed support for the agricultural sector, while also increasing Australia’s water security. The JobMaker Plan programs will allow local councils to engage directly with local businesses and workforces to deliver priority projects that increase road safety for all members of the community.

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