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Federal Budget 2020: Infrastructure Spend

Federal Budget 2020: Infrastructure Spend

By Josh Hallam, General Manager ICI Australia





In a historic 2020 Budget, the Treasurer announced further investment into infrastructure around Australia including roads, rail and bridges. Where is the investment going? What projects in what states are set to be awarded?

The Federal Government have increased the investment in infrastructure across Australia up to $14 billion including spend already introduced since the beginning of the pandemic. This additional investment is set to create 40,000 jobs across the country. The Treasurer was also very clear that the funding was provided to the states on a “use it or lose it” basis.

Across each state, investment in major projects includes:

New South Wales:

  • $560 million for the Singleton Bypass on the New England Highway 
  • $360 million for the Newcastle Inner City Bypass between Rankin Park and Jesmond
  • $120 million for the Prospect Highway Upgrade
  • $491 million for the Coffs Harbour Bypass (Bringing the total Federal contribution to $1.5 billion)


  • $750 million for Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector (Coomera to Nerang) 
  • $112 million for the Centenary Bridge Upgrade in Brisbane 
  • $76 million for Stage 2 of the Riverway Drive Upgrade between Allambie Lane and Dunlop Street in Townsville
  • $42 million for the Mt Lindesay Highway Upgrade between Johanna Street and South Street in Jimboomba


  • $320 million for the Shepparton Rail Line Upgrade
  • $208 million for Stage 2 of the Warrnambool Rail Line Upgrade
  • $292 million for the Barwon Heads Road Upgrade
  • $85 million to upgrade Hall Road in Cranbourne

Western Australia

  • $88 million for the Reid Highway Interchange with West Swan Road
  • $70 million for the Roe Highway Widening and Abernethy Road Upgrade
  • $16 million to undertake sealing of priority sections of the Goldfields Highway between Wiluna and Meekatharra
  • $16 million to undertake upgrades on the Broome-Cape Leveque Road and associated community access roads

South Australia

  • $200 million for the Hahndorf Township Improvements and Access Upgrade 
  • $136 million for Stage 2 of the Main South Road Duplication between Aldinga and Sellicks Beach 
  • $100 million for the Strzelecki Track Upgrade


  • $150 million for the Midway Point Causeway (including McGees Bridge) and Sorell Causeway as part of the Hobart to Sorell Roads of Strategic Importance corridor 
  • $65 million to upgrade the Tasman Bridge

Northern Territory

  • $120 million to upgrade the Carpentaria Highway 
  • $47 million for National Network Highway Upgrades

Australian Capital Territory

  • $88 million for the Molonglo River Bridge
  • $50 million for a South West Corridor upgrade package

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