A stronger more connected rail system supports a stronger, more connected Australia.
Rail is the major carrier of goods and is responsible for about 49% of total domestic freight, with iron ore and coal exports comprising over 80% of Australia's rail freight task.
Australia is home to some of the world's largest freight trains that complete journeys across our vast land mass, such as the Transcontinental Rail Line connecting the Eastern seaboard with the West coast.
The continued resilience of Australia's freight networks depends on the maintenance of current rail routes as well as the creation of new ones, such as the Inland Rail project.
Inland Rail is a new 1,700km freight rail line which will directly connect Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, providing cost-competitive and reliable freight transport with a transit time of under 24 hours.
Rail safety regulation
The National Rail Safety Regulator administers a single national set of rail safety laws in Australia.