Victorian government reacts to the Federal budget.
Victorian government reacts to the Federal budget. Kirstin Payne

The 32 promises made to Victorian drivers

THE Victorian Transport Association has endorsed measures outlined in the Federal Budget that will deliver much-needed spending on infrastructure in Victoria worth $6.2 billion, helping to ease congestion that has stifled productivity for transport operators.

The government has increased infrastructure investments by $25 billion nationally over the next decade, with funding that improves road safety, provides faster commuter and freight connections between cities and towns, and reduces congestion across the road networks.

Victorian commuters and freight operators will reap the benefits of significantly increased spending earmarked for the state, including:

  • $2 billion for Melbourne-Geelong fast rail, taking cars off roads and freeing up road networks for heavy vehicles;
  • $1.14 billion for upgrades to suburban roads around Melbourne and regional centres; and
  • $700 million for upgrades to Waurn Ponds Rail, south west of Geelong.

The government will also establish a National Fast Rail Agency to oversee the Geelong rail project, as well as assess business cases for other potential fast rail connections between major cities and regional centres.

Other significant measures announced outside Victoria include $3.5 billion to construct the Western Sydney North-South Rail Link, increases in urban congestion funding to $4 billion, $500 million to establish a Commuter Car Park Fund, $1 billion for the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative to improve freight routes, and an extra $2.2 billion for local road safety upgrades.

Operators will benefit from an increase to the instant asset write-off threshold by 20 percent to $30,000, along with expanding access to this to medium-sized businesses turning over less than $50 million annually.

VTA chief executive officer Peter Anderson said after years of underspending in the nation's fastest growing state, the investments outlined by the Treasurer would be welcomed by the freight and logistics industry.

"Victoria is leading the nation in terms of economic development, population growth and construction so it is deserving of the level of spending and investment contained in the budget so that our infrastructure can keep pace with this growth," Mr Anderson said.

"As vital as the new measures contained in the budget are to address this, it is just as important that the Commonwealth and Victorian governments work together in a bi-partisan way if we are to truly overcome our transport challenges.

"However, I commend the Commonwealth for recognising Victoria's contribution to the national economy, which has been acknowledged through greater infrastructure and other investments earmarked for our state," he said.

Jacinta Allan MP says the Liberals fast rail plan is a pipedream. Picture: Hamish Blair
Jacinta Allan MP says the Liberals fast rail plan is a pipedream. Picture: Hamish Blair


Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan and Treasurer Tim Pallas were less than impressed with this week's Budget. 

Mr Pallas said "another Prime Minister from Sydney has failed to deliver for Victoria". 

"The Morrison minority government is still shunning Victoria, delivering less than 18 per cent of national infrastructure funding, despite us having more than 26 per cent of the population," he said. 

In a post-Budget media release, it was claimed between now and 2022, the Andrews Labor Government would invest $42.5 billion of Victorian Infrastructure funding, a "stark contrast" to the Morrison government's spend of less than $5 billion. 

Ms Allan, the Minister for Transport Infrastructure, said the budget "confirms that Victoria continues to be dubbed out of our fair share of infrastructure funding". 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan

"This budget confirms that Victoria continues to be dudded out of our fair share of infrastructure funding."

"When it comes to Geelong, the Liberals' budget has failed Victoria, where the funding doesn't match their promises."


Ballarat Intermodal Freight Hub

  • WHERE: Ballarat
  • WHAT: Provide core infrastructure to enable the operation of a freight facility capable of handling High Productivity Freight Vehicles, within the planned Ballarat West Employment Zone.

Calder Highway-Ravenswood Interchange

  • WHERE: Ravenswood
  • WHAT: Construct a grade separated interchange at the intersection of the Calder Highway and the Calder Alternative Highway and two new freeway carriageways from Bullock Creek to Ravenswood Creek.

Frankston to Baxter Rail Upgrade (including Business Case)

  • WHERE: South-East Melbourne
  • WHAT: Development of a business case and funding to duplicate and electrify eight kilometres of the Stony Point Rail Line from Frankston to Baxter.

Geelong Fast Rail

  • WHERE: Geelong
  • WHAT: Enable fast rail services between Geelong and Melbourne by upgrading the rail line from Sunshine to Geelong.

Goulburn Valley Highway-Shepparton Bypass Stage 1*

  • WHERE: Shepparton
  • WHAT: Construct Stage 1 of the Shepparton Bypass on the Goulburn Valley Highway.

M80 Ring Road Upgrade

  • WHERE: Melbourne
  • WHAT: Widen and upgrade the remaining sections of the M80 Ring Road from Sunshine Avenue to the Calder Freeway, Princes Freeway to the Western Highway, Sydney Road to Edgars Road, and Plenty Road to the Greensborough Highway.

Major Project Business Case Fund-Victoria

  • WHERE: Various
  • WHAT: Inland Rail Intermodal Terminal Business Case Melbourne, Melbourne to Albury-Wodonga Fast Rail Business Case, Melbourne to Traralgon Fast Rail Business Case, South Geelong to Waurn Ponds-Stage 3 Business Case, Outer Metropolitan / E6 Corridor Preservation*

Melbourne Airport Rail Link

  • WHERE: Melbourne
  • WHAT: The Government has committed up to $5 billion towards the construction of a rail link from Melbourne Airport to the Melbourne CBD in partnership with the Victorian Government.

Melbourne Airport Rail Link Business Case

  • WHERE: Melbourne
  • WHAT: Develop a business case to investigate options for a rail line from Melbourne Airport to the CBD.

Murray Basin Freight Rail Project

  • WHERE: Regional Victoria
  • WHAT: Standardise and upgrade the Mildura, Manangatang and Sea Lake rail lines and standardise the Murrayville line (currently broad gauge); undertake periodic upgrade works on the Hopetoun line; and re-open the existing but currently unused standard gauge connection between Maryborough and Ararat (approximately 87 kilometres long).

Monash Freeway Upgrade

  • WHERE: Melbourne
  • WHAT: Widen the Monash Freeway from Warrigal Road to EastLink and from Clyde Road to Cardinia Road, upgrade the Beaconsfield interchange, duplicate and extend O'Shea Road, and extend the managed motorway technology along the freeway.

Monash Rail

  • WHERE: South-East Melbourne
  • WHAT: Undertake planning and preconstruction towards construction of a rail line in south-east Melbourne to service the Monash precinct with future staging to Rowville.

North East Link

  • WHERE: Melbourne
  • WHAT: Construct a freeway link between the M80 Ring Road in Greensborough and the Eastern Freeway.

Port Rail Shuttle

  • WHERE: Melbourne
  • WHAT: Deliver a series of rail freight shuttles to move large shipping containers between the Port of Melbourne and freight rail terminals located around the city.

Princes Highway-Victoria

  • WHERE: Regional Victoria
  • WHAT: Deliver road upgrades along the Princes Highway corridor in Victoria and support the implementation of the Princes Highway Corridor Strategy.

Princes Highway East-Complete the Duplication between Traralgon and Sale

  • WHERE: South East Victoria
  • WHAT: Complete the duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale by duplicating the remaining two sections, totalling approximately 12 kilometres.

Princes Highway East-Traralgon to Sale Duplication

  • WHERE: South East Victoria
  • WHAT: Duplicate more than 30 kilometres of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale.

Princes Highway West-Winchelsea to Colac Duplication

  • WHERE: South West Victoria
  • WHAT: Duplicate and upgrade 37 kilometres of the Princes Highway West from Winchelsea to Colac.

Regional Rail Revival Package

  • WHERE: Regional Victoria
  • WHAT: Ballarat Line Upgrade, Geelong Line Upgrade, North East Line Upgrade, Gippsland Line Upgrade, Avon River Bridge Replacement, Warrnambool Line Upgrade, Bendigo/Echuca Line Upgrade, Shepparton Line Planning

Roads of Strategic Importance-Victoria

  • WHERE: Regional Victoria
  • WHAT: Toowoomba to Seymour Corridor-Victoria, Green Triangle region, Stawell to South Australian Border Corridor, Melbourne to Mildura Corridor, Echuca to Robinvale Corridor (including Swan Hill Bridge), Ballarat to Ouyen Corridor*

Rural and Regional Roads Package

  • WHERE: Regional Victoria
  • WHAT: A package of projects to improve safety and productivity across rural and regional Victoria, including $97 million for the Echuca-Moama Bridge and an $25 million to continue the upgrade of the Great Ocean Road.

Sealing Roads in the Dandenong Ranges and Surrounds

  • WHERE: Dandenong ranges
  • WHAT: Upgrade and seal roads across the Dandenong Ranges region.

Shepparton Alternative Freight Route Enhancement Package

  • WHERE: Shepparton
  • WHAT: Rehabilitate approximately 700 metres of pavement on Old Dookie Road between Mitchell Street and Doyles Road, remove the existing roundabout, and signalise the intersection at New Dookie Road and Verney Road.

South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Rail Upgrade-Stages 2 and 3*

  • WHERE: Geelong
  • WHAT: Upgrade selected suburban roads in Melbourne's south-east and north.

Tullamarine Freeway Widening

  • WHERE: Melbourne
  • WHAT: Provide an additional lane in each direction on the Tullumarine Freeway from Melrose Drive to Melbourne Airport.

Urban Congestion Fund-Victoria

  • WHERE: Melbourne
  • WHAT: Ballarto Road, Skye, Plymouth Road improvements, Princes Highway Intersection Upgrades-Pakenham to Beaconsfield, McGregor Road, Pakenham, Fitzsimons Lane/Main Road corridor, Eltham, Hume Freeway (Lithgow Street to M80 Ring Road), Calder Freeway (Gap Road to the M80 Ring Road), Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, Commuter Car Park Upgrades-Bentleigh, Commuter Car Park Upgrades-Croydon, Commuter Car Park Upgrades-Ferntree Gully, Commuter Car Park Upgrades-Hampton, Commuter Car Park Upgrades-Mitcham, Commuter Car Park Upgrades-Ringwood, Thompsons Road Extension, Mornington Peninsula Freeway Grade Separation and Duplication to Boneo Road

Victorian Congestion Package

  • WHERE: Various
  • WHAT: Deliver a program of targeted upgrades to address congestion and safety issues

Wellington Road Duplication

  • WHERE: South East Melbourne
  • WHAT: Duplicate Wellington Road in Lysterfield.

Western Freeway-Bacchus Marsh to Ballan Bridge Strengthening

  • WHERE: Bacchus Marsh
  • WHAT: Strengthen four bridges on the Western Freeway from Bacchus Marsh to Ballan.

Western Freeway-Halletts Way Access Ramps and Shared User Path

  • WHERE: Bacchus Marsh
  • WHAT: Construct east-facing access ramps to and a shared user path bridge over, the Western Freeway at Halletts Way.

Western Highway-Ballarat to Stawell Duplication

  • WHERE: Western Victoria
  • WHAT: Complete planning for the duplication of the Western Highway from Ballarat to Stawell and duplicate 68 kilometres from Ballarat to Ararat.

Western Highway-Complete the Duplication Between Ballarat and Stawell

  • WHERE: Western Victoria
  • WHAT: Complete the duplication of the Western Highway between Ballarat and Stawell by duplicating the remaining section from Ararat to Stawell.
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