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Work category 531 provides for the capital cost of all new or improved public transport facilities and infrastructure, exceeding $1,000,000 per activity, and like-for-like replacement/renewal of public transport facilities and infrastructure of more than $5 million total cost per activity.

Qualifying activities 


  • Examples of qualifying activities

    Examples of qualifying activities (primarily related to catering for contracted services) include, but may not be limited to:

    • rail stations, interchanges or terminals, shelters and ferry berthing facilities
    • like-for-like replacement of public transport facilities and infrastructure with a total cost of more than $5 million per activity
    • bus parking facilities
    • bus or transit lane/priority improvements, and busways
    • enabling work required to accommodate public transport on existing carriageways
    • IT system implementation and upgrades, including electronic ticketing and real-time system infrastructure
    • safety and security installation and upgrades
    • signalling upgrades for the efficient operation of bus or ferry services
    • park and ride infrastructure including cycle storage facilities
    • pedestrian and cycle access to public transport services
    • loan repayments and servicing costs related to public transport infrastructure as agreed by the Transport Agency
    • property purchase – see Property purchase section below.

    You can discuss with the Transport Agency whether other potential activities not listed above might also be eligible for inclusion in this work category.

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Property purchase

Funding for property purchases for public transport infrastructure improvements is assisted under work category 531. The principles and conditions set out in the relevant work category below apply to property purchases for this work category:

Where the property purchase cost for a project exceeds $500,000, a property phase must be set up in Transport Investment Online(external link) (TIO). Where the property cost is up to $500,000, the cost may be included in the construction/implementation phase.

Funding assistance rate

The usual funding assistance rate (FAR) is:

  • the approved organisation's normal FAR.
  • 100% of the Transport Agency state highway costs.


Applying for funding approval

Applications for funding approval should be made through:

End-of-year carryover

TIO(external link) will automatically carry over the unspent allocation every year. Therefore it is vital that approved organisations and the Transport Agency (state highways) declare as surplus the unused allocation for completed projects by making a cost-scope adjustment via the reviews module in TIO.