Updated Infrastructure Priority List Released With $64 billion Pipeline


A revised version of the Infrastructure Priority List has been released by the Federal Government. The Infrastructure Priority List is the authoritative guide to the priority infrastructure investments Australia needs to secure a sustainable and prosperous future.

This is the first time the list has been released mid-year, with the revision coming as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the economy. 

The 2020 mid-year update to the Infrastructure Priority List includes 12 new infrastructure proposals, added since the publication of the last Priority List in February 2020. These additions support the existing proposals on the list, establishing a comprehensive roadmap of the priority investments we need over the next 15 years.

As well as the 12 new proposals, four proposals have been updated on the Priority List. Updates reflect when a proposal is taken up by new proponents, progresses to new stages, adapts to new challenges or becomes more time-critical.

The Priority List currently identifies 155 nationally significant infrastructure proposals, with 7 High Priority Projects, 21 Priority Projects, 37 High Priority Initiatives and 90 Priority Initiatives.

New Initiatives
Located in Queensland Status
Queensland regional road network safety improvements High Priority Initiative
Brisbane northern suburbs corridor capacity High Priority Initiative
Browns Plains to South East Busway public transport connectivity Priority Initiative
Queensland inland freight route capacity and safety Priority Initiative
Browns Plains to Beaudesert road capacity and safety Priority Initiative
Mooloolah River Interchange capacity and safety Priority Initiative
Located in the ACT Status
Australian Institute of Sport modernisation (AIS submission) Priority Initiative


New Projects
Located in NSW Status
M12 Motorway High Priority Project
More Trains, More Services Stage 2 Priority Project
Port Botany Rail Line Duplication & Cabramatta Passing Loop (ARTC submission) Priority Project
Located in WA Status
METRONET: Morley–Ellenbrook Line Project Priority Project
METRONET: High Capacity Signalling Project Priority Project


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Infrastructure Australia CEO, Romilly Madew, said the Priority List had been updated in order to cast a spotlight on a number of new proposals and to also highlight the extended investments.

“Australia is planning its recovery from a rolling series of crises: drought, flood, the bushfires and now COVID-19,” Ms Madew said.

“As we look forward, the focus is on delivery and as the nation’s infrastructure advisory body, we are continuing to improve our ability to move quickly to identify investments that will improve productivity – this is about expanding the pipeline, keeping the economy growing, helping to create jobs and attract investment.

“The Priority List is a critical tool in recovery, as it directs investment to the infrastructure projects that will kick-start economic growth and have the greatest returns for all Australians.

“This is the first time we have formally released the Priority List mid-year, by doing so, we want to highlight the most recent priority proposals at a time when our infrastructure investment needs to progress quickly, without jeopardising the quality of those investments.”

You can see the full Infrastructure Priority List by clicking here.

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