Financing of the Transport Infrastructure in Australia

Australia has an extensive multi-modal transport infrastructure comprising of well-developed road, rail, air and coastal networks. It has a relatively low road density of 0.10 km/ as well as the lowest number of persons per kilometer or road length in the world, which is indicative of the extensive road network per captia. Australia’s transport infrastructure is financed by all three tiers of government - Commonwealth, State and Local governments. A number of financing regimes have been adopted by the Australian Government since 1981, which are indicative of government priorities and distribution of responsibilities for provision and maintenance of transport infrastructure with the State and Local Government. Recently the Commonwealth Government has developed a planning and financing strategy in the form of AusLink. It is the Australian government’s latest approach to land transport infrastructure to achieve better national and land transport planning, funding, and investment decision-making. The salient features of AusLink approach that make it distinct from previous approaches include an integrated corridor approach to planning, integrated land use and transport planning, increasing private sector involvement, focus on sustainable development and shared responsibility and funding with States and Territories. The methodology for identification and appraisal of specific projects to achieve the AusLink objectives are discussed.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 861-872
  • Monograph Title: Urban Transport XI: Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01001151
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 184564008X
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2005 1:59PM