NSW, SA snag lion’s share of budget infrastructure spending

By Fergus Halliday 11 May 2021 | 1 minute read

NSW, SA and Victoria have snagged the lion’s share of infrastructure spending in the latest federal budget.

As revealed in the 2021 budget, the government is committing an additional $15.2 billion to infrastructure projects over the next ten years. This will bump the total federal commitment to $110 billion, with the additional spending said to account for 30,000 new jobs over the decade. 

At a federal level, both the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and Road Safety Program are being extended for another year at the cost of $1 billion each.

In New South Wales, the government is committing an additional $3.8 billion in infrastructure spend. This includes:

  • $2.0 billion for the Great Western Highway Upgrade — Katoomba to Lithgow — Construction of East and West Sections
  • $500.0 million for the Princes Highway Corridor, including the Jervis Bay Road Intersection and Jervis Bay to Sussex Inlet Stage 1
  • $240.0 million for the Mount Ousley Interchange
  • $229.4 million for the M12 Motorway 
  • $87.5 million for the M5 Motorway — Moorebank Avenue and Hume Highway Intersection Upgrade 
  • $52.8 million for the Manns Road — Intersection Upgrades at Narara Creek Road and Stockyard Place 
  • $48.0 million for the Pacific Highway — Harrington Road Intersection Upgrade, Coopernook 
  • $32.0 million for the Toowoomba to Seymour — Upgrades to Hargraves Lane and Federation Street; 
  • $25.0 million for Stacey St, Bankstown — Planning 
  • $19.0 million for the Far North Collector Road Network, Nowra 
  • $18.0 million for Appin Road. 

This investment is being almost matched in South Australia, which is set for a total of $3.2 billion in infrastructure spend over the next twelve months. This funding covers:

  • $2.6 billion for the North-South Corridor — DarlingtonDarlington, NSW Darlington, WA Darlington, NSW Darlington, SA to Anzac Highway 
  • $161.6 million for the Truro Bypass
  • $148.0 million for the Augusta Highway Duplication — Stage 2 
  • $64.0 million for the Strzelecki Track Update — Sealing 
  • $60.0 million for the Gawler Rail Line Electrification 
  • $48.0 million for the Heysen Tunnel Refit and Upgrade — Stage 2 
  • $32.0 million for the Kangaroo Island Road Safety and Bushfire Resilience Package
  • $27.6 million for the Overpass at Port Wakefield and Township Duplication
  • $22.5 million for the Marion Road and Sir Donald Bradman Drive Intersection Upgrade
  • $12.0 million for the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands — Main Access Road Upgrade — Stuart Highway to Pukatja 
  • $5.0 million for the Greater Adelaide Freight Bypass Planning Study 
  • $3.1 million for the GoodwoodGoodwood, TAS Goodwood, SA and Torrens Rail Junctions Project 
  • $3.0 million for the North East Road and Nottage Terrace Intersection Upgrade
  • $2.5 million for the Murray Bridge to South East Links Planning Study
  • $1.0 million for the Eyre Highway Widening and Upgrade Planning Study

Victoria is allocated $3 billion in infrastructure spend in the 2021 budget, nudging the total federal infrastructure spend for the state since 2013 to over $35.5 billion. This includes:

  • Up to $2.0 billion for the Melbourne Intermodal Terminal
  • $380.0 million for the Pakenham Roads Upgrade 
  • $250.0 million for the Monash Roads Upgrade
  • $92.8 million for the Commuter Car Park Upgrades including Berwick Railway Station, Frankston Railway Station, and Ringwood Railway Station
  • $56.8 million for the Hall Road Upgrade
  • $51.1 million for the Princes Highway East, between RosedaleRosedale, VIC Rosedale, NSW and the New South Wales border
  • $30.4 million for the Western Port Highway Upgrade
  • $20.7 million for the Princes Highway West between Colac and the South Australian border
  • $17.5 million for the Dairy Supply Chain Road Upgrades
  • $15.0 million for Melbourne to Mildura — Future Priorities 
  • $10.0 million for the Outer Metropolitan Ring/E6 Corridor Detailed Business Case 
  • $10.0 million for the Mallacoota-Genoa Road Upgrade.

Queenslanders are getting an additional $2 billion over ten years, which bumps the state’s annual infrastructure spend to $1.6 billion. This will cover:

  • $400.0 million for Bruce Highway Additional Funding
  • $400.0 million for the Inland Freight Route (Mungindi to Charters Towers) Upgrades 
  • $240.0 million for the Cairns Western Arterial Road Duplication
  • $178.1 million for the Gold Coast Rail Line Capacity Improvement (Kuraby to Beenleigh) — Preconstruction
  • $160.0 million for the Mooloolah River Interchange Upgrade (packages 1 and 2)
  • $126.6 million for Gold Coast Light Rail — Stage 3 
  • $35.3 million for the MaryboroughMaryborough, QLD Maryborough, VIC-Hervey Bay Road and Pialba-Burrum Heads Road Intersection Upgrade
  • $10.0 million for the CabooltureCaboolture, QLD Caboolture, QLD — Bribie Island Road (Hickey Road — King John Creek) upgrade
  • $5.0 million for the Beerburrum to Nambour Duplication Study
  • $4.0 million for the Warrego Highway — Mt Crosby Road Interchange

Western Australia is due an extra $1.6 billion from the treasury for infrastructure projects over the next ten years. In 2021-2022, this works out to $1.3 billion in infrastructure projects including:

  • $237.5 million for the METRONET: HamiltonHamilton, QLD Hamilton, NSW Hamilton, VIC Street/Wharf Street Grade Separations and Elevation of Associated Stations
  • $200.0 million for the Great Eastern Highway Upgrades — Coates Gully, Walgoolan to Southern Cross and Ghooli to Benari
  • $160.0 million for the WA Agricultural Supply Chain Improvements — Package 1
  • $112.5 million for the Reid Highway — Altone Road and Daviot Road/Drumpellier Drive — Grade Separated Intersections 
  • $110.0 million for the METRONET: Byford Extension 
  • $85.0 million for the Perth Airport Precinct — Northern Access 
  • $64.0 million for the Toodyay Road Upgrade — Dryandra to Toodyay 
  • $55.0 million for the Mandurah Estuary Bridge Duplication
  • $48.0 million for the Great Northern Highway — Broome to Kununurra (Nellie Springs to Sally Downs Way and Arthur Creek) 
  • $48.0 million for the Marble Bar Road Upgrade 
  • $44.0 million for the Indian Ocean Drive — Jurien Bay to Brand Highway 
  • $31.5 million for METRONET: High Capacity Signalling
  • $21.5 million for the Leach Highway (WelshpoolWelshpool, WA Welshpool, VIC Road Interchange) 
  • $16.0 million for the Regional State Road Safety Improvement Program
  • $14.4 million for the Port Augusta to PerthPerth, TAS Perth, WA (WA) — Great Eastern Highway — Walgoolan Southern Cross and Coates Gully 
  • $10.0 million for the Orrong Road Expressway — Graham Farmer Freeway to Leach Highway Planning
  • $8.5 million for the Mitchell Freeway Extension — Hester Avenue to Romeo Road 
  • $7.6 million for the Wanneroo Road — Dunstan Road to Romeo Road — Duplication 
  • $7.2 million for Mitchell Freeway Widening Southbound — Cedric Street to Vincent Street 
  • $4.0 million for the Thomas Road and Nicholson Road Upgrade
  • $2.0 million for the Kalgoorlie Rail Realignment — Business Case 

Compared to the above, Tasmania is set to receive one of the smallest outlays of infrastructure spend. As part of this year’s federal budget, the smallest state is set to receive $322 million in funding for priority road projects including: 

The Northern Territory is slated to receive $323.9 million in federal infrastructure funding this year. This funding is split across two major projects:

  • $173.6 million for the Northern Territory Gas Industry Roads Upgrades
  • $150.0 million for the Northern Territory National Network Highway Upgrades 

Last but not least, the Australian Capital Territory is due $167.3 million in federal infrastructure funding in 2021-2022. According to the budget, this funding will be split as follows:

  • $132.5 million for Canberra Light Rail — Stage 2A
  • $26.5 million for the William Hovell Drive Duplication
  • $5.0 million for the Gundaroo Drive Duplication (formerly William Slim Drive Duplication) 
  • $2.5 million for Beltana Road Improvements.



Budget is defined as the estimation of expenses made over a specified time for the purchase of goods or services.

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Fergus Halliday

Fergus is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He likes to write about money, markets, how innovation is changing the financial landscape and how younger consumers can achieve their goals in unpredictable... Read more

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