Inland Rail

The Inland Rail is a 1,700km freight rail line that will connect Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. The project is being constructed by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) on behalf of the Australian Government. On 29 November 2019, the Australian and Queensland governments signed a Bilateral Agreement for Inland Rail which will enable the delivery of the project in Queensland.

The Bilateral Agreement outlines the provisions and conditions for the construction of Inland Rail within Queensland and includes requirements for:

  • a meaningful and rigorous consultation process including a requirement for ARTC to proactively resolve issues affecting land holders, greater focus on floodplain modelling, and design solutions
  • a panel of independent international experts be established to advise and make recommendations to the Queensland and Australian governments on these matters.

Project information

Freight movement across Queensland is expected to double in the coming years, with the most rapid growth anticipated to be in South East Queensland.  

Inland Rail will provide the potential for greater connectivity and increased rail freight volumes from southern and south-west Queensland, leveraging the benefits of the new Inland Rail infrastructure. 

Inland Rail is a large and complex project. The program has been divided into 13 sub-projects to better facilitate delivery. In Queensland there are 5 sub-projects: 

  1. New South Wales / Queensland Border to Gowrie 
  2. Gowrie to Helidon 
  3. Helidon to Calvert
  4. Calvert to Kagaru 
  5. Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton. 

To find out more about the proposed route and progress of each project visit the ARTC Inland Rail website.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads role

The Queensland Government through the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is working collaboratively with the ARTC on environmental planning, the state's requirements including, the flood panel and future proofing the corridor for future upgrades, statutory approvals, maximising the benefits of Inland rail to Queensland businesses and communities, and land acquisition for the sections of Inland Rail in Queensland.

We are acquiring authority for Queensland's section of Inland Rail and will manage the compulsory land acquisition process under the Queensland legislation set out in the Acquisition of Land Act 1967

Compulsory land acquisition for the rail corridor in each section will not occur until the respective Environmental Impact Statement is final and until the Queensland Government is satisfied that genuine consultation with affected stakeholders has taken place.

More information on property acquisition.

Inland Rail – Associated Projects

Independent International Panel of Experts appointed for Flood Studies in Queensland

The Australian and Queensland governments, through the Department of Transport and Main Roads, have established an Independent International Panel of Experts for Flood Studies

The Panel will provide advice to the Australian and Queensland governments on the flood models and structural designs developed by the ARTC for Inland Rail in Queensland.

More information on the Panel's role, works program and how to contact the Panel.

Related studies and projects

Bilateral Agreement Rail Studies

Under the Bilateral Agreement, TMR and Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication are partnering to deliver the Bilateral Agreement Rail Studies program.
The program identified 4 projects for further investigation to support future population growth and leverage the opportunities provided by Inland Rail:

We have also agreed to partner with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication to deliver investigations into the Toowoomba to Gladstone Inland Rail Extension.