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Australian Federal Government announces a boost to infrastructure in the 2021-2022 budget – but what does it mean for you?

In 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced a 10-year infrastructure budget to create jobs, drive economic growth, and build Australia back up after the severe impact of COVID-19.

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Dubbed the “National Economic Recovery Plan”, the Government made a $110 billion investment into nation-building infrastructure projects, setting an example for nationwide economic recovery for the rest of the world.

Now, the Federal Government has announced an additional $15.2 billion to be funnelled into the infrastructure budget for the 2021-2022 financial year, supporting around 30,000 jobs across Australia.

So, what kind of infrastructure projects will come out of the budget’s cash boost? And how can you secure one of these projects for your business?

Read on. In this article, we’ll share all the latest details and recommendations to put your business on the front foot.

2021-2022 infrastructure projects by state and territory

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Government spending on infrastructure is on the rise and in turn, an enormous range of exciting new infrastructure projects have been announced throughout Australia.

See below for a detailed list of upcoming opportunities.

New South Wales

  • Great Western Highway Upgrade – Katoomba to Lithgow – Construction of East and West Sections
  • M5 Motorway – Moorebank Avenue – Hume Highway Intersection Upgrade
  • Manns Road – Intersection Upgrades at Narara Creek Road and Stockyard
  • Mount Ousley Interchange
  • Pacific Highway – Harrington Road Intersection Upgrade, Coopernook
  • Princes Highway Corridor (NSW) – Jervis Bay Road Intersection
  • Princes Highway Corridor (NSW) – Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Road – Stage 1
  • Stacey St Bankstown – Planning

Australian Capital Territory

  • Beltana Road Improvements
  • Canberra Light Rail – Stage 2
  • William Hovell Drive Duplication

Northern Territory

  • Development Study for a Proposed Tennant Creek Multimodal Facility and Rail Terminal
  • Northern Territory National Network Highway Upgrades (Phase 2)
  • Northern Territory Gas Industry Roads Upgrades


  • Beerburrum to Nambour Duplication Study
  • Bruce Highway Additional Funding
  • Caboolture – Bribie Island Road (Hickey Road – King John Creek) Upgrade
  • Cairns Western Arterial Road Duplication
  • Gold Coast Rail Line Capacity Improvement (Kuraby to Beenleigh) – Preconstruction
  • Inland Freight Route (Mungindi to Charters Towers) Upgrades
  • Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road and Pialba-Burrum Heads Road Intersection Upgrade
  • Mooloolah River Interchange Upgrade (Packages 1 and 2)
  • Nicklin Way
  • Warrego Highway – Mt Crosby Road Interchange

South Australia

  • Augusta Highway Duplication Stage 2
  • Eyre Highway Widening and Upgrade Planning Study
  • Greater Adelaide Freight Bypass Planning Study
  • Heysen Tunnel Refit and Upgrade – Stage 2
  • Kangaroo Island Road Safety and Bushfire Resilience Package
  • Marion Road and Sir Donald Bradman Drive Intersection Upgrade
  • Murray Bridge to South East Links Planning Study
  • North East Road and Nottage Terrace Intersection Upgrade
  • North-South Corridor – Darlington to Anzac Highway
  • Truro Bypass


  • Dairy Supply Chain Road Upgrades
  • Mallacoota-Genoa Road Upgrade
  • Melbourne Intermodal Terminal – Planning and Delivery
  • Monash Roads Upgrade
  • Outer Metropolitan Ring / E6 Corridor Detailed Business Case
  • Pakenham Roads Upgrade


  • Algona Road Grade Separated Interchange and Duplication of the Kingston Bypass
  • Huon Link Road
  • Midland Highway Upgrade – Campbell Town North (Campbell Town to Epping Forest)
  • Midland Highway Upgrade – Oatlands (Jericho to South of York Plains)
  • Midland Highway Upgrade – Ross (Mona Vale Road to Campbell Town)
  • Rokeby Road – South Arm Road Upgrades
  • Tasmanian Roads Package – Bass Highway Safety and Freight Efficiency Upgrades Package – Future Priorities

Western Australia

  • Great Eastern Highway Upgrades – Coates Gully, Walgoolan to Southern Cross and Ghooli to Benari
  • Great Northern Highway – Broome to Kununurra (Nellie Springs to Sally Downs Well and Arthur Creek)
  • Indian Ocean Drive – Jurien Bay to Brand Highway
  • Kalgoorlie Rail Realignment – Business Case
  • Mandurah Estuary Bridge Duplication
  • Marble Bar Road Upgrade
  • METRONET: Hamilton Street / Wharf Street Grade Separations and Elevation of Associated Stations
  • Orrong Road Expressway – Graham Farmer Freeway to Leach Highway Planning
  • Perth Airport Precinct – Northern Access
  • Reid Highway – Altone Road and Daviot Road / Drumpellier Drive – Grade Separated Intersections
  • Toodyay Road Upgrade – Dryandra to Toodyay
  • WA Agricultural Supply Chain Improvements – Package 1
  • Wanneroo Road – Dunstan Road to Romeo Road – Duplication

What the new infrastructure budget means for you

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With additional funding available in the infrastructure budget, thousands of businesses will be competing for a government tender. To win out over competitors, you will need to stand out from the crowd and prove why you’re the best option for the job.

One way to do this is to achieve certification for your business. Certification is expected, if not required, for government-funded jobs. This may include:

  • ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety Management Certification (AS/NZS 4801 may also be acceptable in Australia)
  • ISO 14001: Environmental Management Systems
  • ISO 9001: Quality Management Systems
  • ISO 27001: Information Security Management Systems

At QMS, we’re here to make the certification process a simple and positive experience.

Get in touch today as we offer certification services for the construction and engineering industries, manufacturing, transport and logistics sectors, plus many more.

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