ALGA analysis of the 2018-19 Federal Budget


Key points

ALGA’s analysis of the 2018-19 Federal budget for local government from a transport perspective.

  • Budget includes $24.5b in funding for new major transport project;
  • This forms part of the Government’s $75b transport infrastructure investment over the next decade;
  • The Government is establishing the $3.5b Roads of Strategic Importance Initiative to upgrade key freight routes to improve road safety and better connect key sectors;
  • A $1b Urban Congestion Fund will be established to address congestion in cities;
  • $250m will be provided to a newly established Major Project Business Case Fund for development and planning of nationally significant projects; and
  • $160m to upgrade sections of the Outback Way.

Commonwealth funding for Local Roads in 2016-17

  • Roads to Recovery: $364.5 million
  • Identified Local Road Grants: $377.7 million
  • Black Spots: $85 million
  • Bridges Renewal: $85 million

Total local government road funding allocation for jurisdictions in 2018-19 is set out in the table below ($m).

StateRoads to RecoveryBridges Renewal (competitive)Identified Local Roads GrantsBlack SpotsSupplementary SA roadsTotal
TOTAL 364.6 84.9 377.8 85.020.0932.3

*Note: sum of the components may not add to the total due to rounding and do not include local roads grants from 2018-19, being paid in 2017-18. $1.2b on Financial Assistance Grants will be bought forward from 2018-19.

Key announcements by jurisdiction

The Federal Government has allocated funding to the following projects in 2018-19.  Note that many announcements are related to components of previously announced projects.


  • $50m Business Case for first stage of North South Rail Link
  • $5.3b Western Sydney Airport
  • $2.9b Road linkages for Western Sydney
  • $971m Coffs Harbour Bypass
  • $400m duplication Port Botany Rail Line
  • $155m new bridge Nowra


  • $3B commitment to East West link
  • $5b Airport Rail link
  • $1.75b North East Link
  • $475m better public transport Monash
  • $225m Frankston Rail Line electrification
  • $140m urban congestion
  • $132m duplication from Traralgon to Sale
  • $50m duplication Geelong Rail line between South Geelong and Waun Ponds
  • $20m international services Avalon Airport


  • $3.3b additional for Bruce highway
  • $1b M1 Pacific Highway
  • $390m duplicate North Coast rail line
  • $300m Brisbane metro project
  • $170m Cunningham Highway
  • $1.5b as part of Roads of Strategic Importance Fund


  • $1.05b additional to Metronet
  • $944m Perth congestion package
  • $560m Bunbury Outer Ring
  • $220m for Great Northern Highway Bindoon Bypass
  • $1.5b as part of Roads of Strategic Importance Fund


  • $1.4b additional to North South Corridor
  • $220m Gawler Rail line
  • $160m Joy Baluch Bridge


  • $461m Bridgewater Bridge Replacement
  • $400m Roads of Strategic Importance
  • $59.8m Tas Freight Rail revitalisation


  • $100m Monaro Highway upgrade
  • $100m Roads of Strategic Importance


  • $180m Central Arnhem Road Upgrade
  • $100m Buntine Highway Upgrade
  • $1.5B Roads of Strategic Importance Fund 

Other related transport funding:

  • Funding received by NSW and Vic for their share of Snowy Hydro ($4.2b and $2.1b) will be invested in infrastructure in these states; and
  • $28.3m over 4 years to provide a further three funding rounds for the Remote Airstrip Upgrade component of the Regional Aviation Access Program