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Infrastructure Australia

Infrastructure Australia plays an important role in prioritising nationally important infrastructure. In 2015, Infrastructure Australia audited national and northern Australian infrastructure to create the 2016 Australian Infrastructure Plan.

The second Australian Infrastructure Audit (Audit) was released on 13 August 2019,presenting a forward view of 136 national infrastructure challenges and 44 opportunities across the energy, transport, telecommunications, water, waste and social infrastructure sectors for the next 15 years and beyond.

Infrastructure Australia is currently developing the next Australian Infrastructure Plan, to be published in 2021. This plan will respond to each policy challenge and opportunity identified in the 2019 Audit. It will give recommendations for reform and set a path for measuring progress.

We coordinate Queensland's whole-of-government submissions to Infrastructure Australia, including input to inform the Australian Infrastructure Audit and Plan.

Infrastructure Priority List

Infrastructure Australia also publishes the Infrastructure Priority List. This list of nationally significant investments is made up of:

  • Initiatives: early-stage proposals that have the potential to address a nationally significant problem or opportunity
  • Projects: advanced proposals for which a fully developed business case has been positively assessed by the independent Infrastructure Australia Board.

The list is a collaborative ‘live’ document that is updated as proposals move through the stages of development to delivery. It considers data and findings from the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit and submissions from state and territory governments, industry and the community.

The Infrastructure Priority List is also published annually in a report which includes one-page summaries of all positively assessed Initiatives and Projects. This year a mid-year update of the Priority List was released, highlighting the most recent priority proposals assessed by Infrastructure Australia.

Queensland Projects and Initiatives on the list as at August 2020 are detailed below.

View the current Infrastructure Priority List.

    • Brisbane Metro
    • Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade
    • Gold Coast Light Rail: Stage 3A
    • M1 Pacific Motorway: Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill
    • M1 Pacific Motorway: Varsity Lakes to Tugun
    • Bruce Highway: (Deception Bay Road Interchange)
    • Bruce Highway: (Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way)
    • Bruce Highway: (Maroochydore Road Interchange)
    • Bruce Highway: (Cooroy to Curra Section D: Woondum to Curra)
    • Bruce Highway: (Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale)
    • Peak Downs Highway Realignment: Walkerston Bypass
    • Brisbane northern suburbs corridor capacity
    • Queensland regional road network safety improvements
    • Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Rocklea to Darra (remaining sections)
    • M1 Pacific Motorway: Eight Mile Plains to Tugun
    • Port of Brisbane dedicated freight rail connection
    • Queensland National Land Transport Network maintenance
    • Brisbane to Gold Coast transport corridor capacity upgrades
    • Gold Coast Rail Line capacity (Kuraby to Beenleigh) and station improvements
    • Centenary Motorway capacity
    • Bruce Highway upgrade
    • Warrego Highway east corridor improvements
    • Mount Isa - Townsville rail corridor upgrade
    • Port of Gladstone land and sea access upgrade
    • Corridor preservation for Salisbury to Beaudesert rail connection
    • Lower Fitzroy River water infrastructure development
    • Cunningham Highway – Yamanto Interchange to Ebenezer Creek
    • Queensland inland road network upgrade
    • Queensland inland freight route capacity and safety
    • Mooloolah River Interchange capacity and safety
    • Browns Plains to Beaudesert road capacity and safety
    • Browns Plains to South East Busway public transport connectivity

We’re working with Infrastructure Australia and the Australian Government to progress Queensland’s infrastructure priorities and ensure important initiatives and projects are included on the list.

Last updated: Tuesday, Aug 25, 2020