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Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Infrastructure Investment Programme — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development ‑3.8
Department of the Treasury ‑4.0 ‑0.3 ‑4.2 ‑150.4
Total — Expense ‑7.8 ‑0.3 ‑4.2 ‑150.4

The Government will achieve efficiencies of $162.7 million over four years from 2016‑17 from uncommitted project contingency funding within the Infrastructure Investment Programme.

Savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to fund new policy priorities in the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio.

Infrastructure Investment Programme — new investments

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Department of the Treasury
Total — Expense

The Government will provide $2.9 billion for significant new investments in essential infrastructure across Australia. The new investments include:

  • $1.5 billion for new projects in Victoria to be funded on a matching basis with the Victorian Government, including $350.0 million for the Western Ring Road, $220.0 million for the Murray Basin freight rail upgrade, $500.0 million on the Monash Freeway, $345.0 million for rural and regional highways, $75.0 million for urban congestion and $10.0 million to progress the business case for the Melbourne Metro;
  • $260.8 million for the tunnel section of Stage 2 of the Perth Freight Link, bringing the total Government commitment to the project to $1.2 billion;
  • $200.0 million for the Ipswich Motorway in Queensland to be funded on a matching basis with the Queensland Government;
  • up to $50.0 million to allow the Commonwealth to adopt a more active role in preparing project and business cases with the states and territories; and
  • $920.0 million in annual funding from 2019‑20 to successful infrastructure sub‑programs, including $400.0 million to increase and extend the Roads to Recovery program, $60.0 million for the Black Spots program, $40.0 million for the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity program, $60.0 million for the Bridges Renewal program, $350.0 million for National Network Maintenance and $10.0 million for Research and Evaluation.

Funding for the Victorian projects has already been provided for by the Government.

Funding for the new projects, business case development and the sub‑programs will be met from within the existing resources of the Infrastructure Investment Programme.

Keys2drive — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 4.0

The Government will provide $4.0 million in 2016‑17 to extend the Keys2drive program for a further year. Keys2drive is a learner driver education program that provides a free coaching session from a professional driving instructor to participating learners and supervising drivers. The program is delivered by the Australian Automobile Association and state motoring clubs.

The one year extension will allow the Government to implement alternative sustainable funding sources for the program beyond 2016‑17.

Western Sydney Airport — further preparatory works

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 54.5 38.9
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 11.1 10.6

The Government will provide $115.1 million over two years from 2016‑17 to progress preparatory works at the Western Sydney Airport (WSA) site at Badgerys Creek, including $26.2 million to undertake concept design for the provision of rail services through the site.

The funding will be used to provide specialist advice on planning and development of the project, ongoing management and security of the site, minor land acquisitions and design work for the provision of utilities. The concept design for the provision of rail services to the site will be prepared with assistance from Transport for New South Wales and will recommend any preparatory works to ensure the WSA site is rail ready.