This is the Australian Government Response to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee (the Committee) inquiry into the management of the Inland Rail project by the Australian Rail Track Corporation and the Commonwealth Government. The report was tabled on 11 August 2021 and contains 26 recommendations relating to the Inland Rail project and other related matters. The Government thanks the Committee for its work supporting the Inland Rail project.
The Australian Government is supportive of the majority of the recommendations and acknowledges the contributions of all individuals and organisations who participated in the inquiry proceedings spanning 2019-2021. The inquiry provided an opportunity to hear different perspectives about the Inland Rail project, and share the history, rationale and detail behind the development of this nationally significant infrastructure project.