Fixing Country Rail


Project overview

Funding rail infrastructure enhancement projects that eliminate connectivity constraints on the NSW regional rail network.


In progress

Current status

Fixing Country Rail 2018 application process

In 2018, the application process for funding under Fixing Country Rail will change.

Applications can be received at any time, taking the pressure off applicants to meet set deadlines for funding rounds.  

The guidelines and application forms for 2018 funding are currently being reviewed.  In the interim please refer to the criteria for the program in the Guidelines for Fixing Country Rail Round One. 

Please contact us at if you wish to apply for funding or require information regarding the Fixing Country Rail program.  


The NSW Government has committed up to $400 million in Restart NSW funding for the Fixing Country Rail program over multiple rounds as part the Rebuilding NSW State Infrastructure Strategy 2014. 

Round One of Fixing Country Rail will provide up to $150 million for projects that provide productivity and efficiency benefits for freight moving in and out of regional NSW.

Fixing Country Rail aligns with and complements the Fixing Country Roads program in reducing the cost to market for regional businesses.
This round follows on from the successful Fixing Country Rail Pilot program, which was conducted in 2016. 

Round one

The Expression of Interest phase for Round One program is now complete.    

Of the 49 projects received for the EOI phase, 27 projects across regional NSW have been shortlisted in the first stage of the program.  

The next step requires the development of a business case for shortlisted projects, currently valued at $250 million. Round One has funding of up to $150 million and final funding recommendations will follow assessment of the business case prepared during the project development phase.

Two planning projects in the Riverina region have been announced under Round One of the program, Junee North Triangle and Narrandera – Tocumwal Rail Reactivation (Feasibility Study). See Media Release.

The business case submissions for shortlisted projects can only be submitted via the Transport for NSW freight funding portal.   Shortlisted applicants must register for portal access.

If you have any questions or require support please email

Pilot round: 2016-17

Expressions of Interest for the Fixing Country Rail pilot round closed in May 2016. See the map (PDF, 481.58 KB) of pilot round funding.

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