Inland Rail - Tottenham to Albury - Stage 1

About Inland Rail

Inland Rail is a 1,700km fast freight backbone that will transform how we move goods around Australia by providing transit times of less than 24 hours between Melbourne and Brisbane.

It will better link businesses, manufacturers and producers to national and global markets and generate new opportunities for industries and regions.

Comprising 13 individual projects, Inland Rail is the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia and will enable safer, less congested highways, fewer carbon emissions, cheaper freight costs and new economic opportunities for our regions.

Inland Rail is a shot in the arm for Australia’s economy, generating $16b in economic benefits and over 16,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The Australian Government selected the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to deliver Inland Rail, in partnership with the private sector. 

Tottenham to Albury

The Tottenham to Albury section of Inland Rail will upgrade 305km of existing rail corridor between metropolitan Melbourne and the Victoria-NSW border at Albury-Wodonga.

Due to its scale and complexity, this project is broken into two stages:

  • Stage One: Beveridge to Albury
  • Stage Two: Metropolitan Melbourne

Stage One: Beveridge to Albury

The first stage of the project is the enhancement of 12 sites along the North East Rail Line from Beveridge to Albury. Work on this section of the alignment is now underway.

Travelling from North to South, the existing rail corridor runs largely parallel to the Hume Highway from the Murray River at Wodonga to the outskirts of Melbourne. It then shares the Regional Victorian broad-gauge rail corridor (V/Line) from Seymour to Beveridge.

Description of works involved

To achieve the clearance required, the proposed design solutions include:

  • lowering rail track under road bridges
  • removal of existing bridges and replacement with taller bridges
  • removal of footbridges
  • construction of a pedestrian underpass
  • track slews (process undertaken to move a track horizontally)
  • relocation or raising of signal gantries, and
  • modification or relocations of overhead power poles.

Delivery timeframes

  • Expression of Interest (EOI) for dual (2) Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) Phase - 9 June 2020 (complete)
  • EOI close - 7 July 2020 (complete)
  • ECI Contractors (2) selected - August 2020 (complete)
  • ECI Phase commences - September 2020 (complete)
  • Initial Design and Construct (D&C) offers submitted - December 2020
  • Final D&C offers submitted - May 2021
  • D&C contract awarded - August 2021
  • Site mobilisation - Q1, 2022

For more information on the Tottenham to Albury project, click here.

Engaging local and Indigenous suppliers

ARTC is committed to creating sustainable economic development and employment opportunities for local and Indigenous businesses and individuals by maximising their opportunities to participate in Inland Rail.

ARTC and its contractors will provide full, fair and reasonable opportunity for capable and competitive local and Indigenous suppliers and social enterprises to compete for work or participate in supply chains associated with Inland Rail.

Compliance with the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016

The Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (the Code) applies to the building work associated with this project. By submitting an expression of interest in, or tender for, this project, you will become subject to the Code.

Potential subcontractors shall be required to complete a declaration of compliance before a code covered entity invites expression of interest or tenders or enters into a subcontract for Commonwealth-Funded Building Work.

Registration of Interest (ROI) opportunities

Businesses interested in supplying to the Tottenham to Albury – Stage 1 project as subcontractors, suppliers or equipment providers are encouraged to register their interest in the work package/s listed below (refer to 'Work Packages' section).

Registrants should note:

  • A complete, up-to-date and accurate ICN Gateway company profile is required in order to register interest. Click here to register your company profile on ICN Gateway.
  • This is an initial ROI to supply to the Tottenham to Albury – Stage 1 project.
  • Incomplete registrations may not be considered. Information on how to register your business or submit a registration of interest on ICN Gateway is provided below (refer to User Guides available in the ‘Project Documents’ section).
  • All ROIs will be provided to ARTC and Proponents invited to tender on the Tottenham to Albury – Stage 1 project and may also be included in a project-specific supply market analysis being prepared by the Industry Capability Network (ICN) Victoria.
  • Inland Rail, ICN and the Principal Contractor for the Tottenham to Albury – Stage 1 project have no contractual or other legal obligation to suppliers arising out of the ROI process with respect to the consideration, evaluation, acceptance or rejection of any registration of interest, or the failure to consider, evaluate or accept any registration of interest.
  • Services, programs and initiatives provided by ICN are designed to complement a company’s existing sales, marketing and business development strategy and any ROI submitted should not be considered an alternative to these activities.

Please note that the information provided by ICN is collected through the ICN Gateway portal and is self-completed. Although ICN carries out rudimentary verification of the information when a capability profile is created or modified, users should not rely on the validity of the information without performing  their own due diligence.

It is important that businesses registering their interest are aware that their registration does not guarantee that they will progress further in any procurement processes. ARTC and the Principal Contractor for the Tottenham to Albury – Stage 1 project have broad discretion to suspend, vary or terminate the procurement process of the Tottenham to Albury project, decline to consider or review any ROI or negotiate with and enter into a contract with any other party for the performance of a Works Package.

To assist with ICN Gateway company registration

Register a new company profile on ICN Gateway here.

Your company profile on ICN Gateway is used to assess your ability to complete projects. Please ensure your business invests the time and energy required to represent itself in the most effective manner possible when completing your company profile.

Further assistance

Support and assistance are available through the organisations listed below.

Click here to access the ARTC & ICN Profile Improvement Session One recording.

Click here to access the ARTC & ICN Profile Improvement Session Two recording. 


Details for supplier capability development initiatives, including workshops to assist businesses to develop business capability statements and respond to tenders will be communicated via this ICN Gateway project page.

Industry Capability Network (ICN) Victoria

ARTC strongly encourages suppliers to contact ICN in the first instance to gain an understanding of the ROI process and development programs, such as their ICN Gateway Profile Improvement workshops.

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Project at a glance

VIC Australia
Procurement Phase
> $250M

Contact Details

Grant Jennings - VIC
Industry Adviser
+61 438 411 129

Work Package
Full Scope EOI
Partial Scope EOI
Accordian collapse


Full Scope EOI

Create EOI
31 Mar 2022

Partial Scope EOI

Note: The closing date/s for expressions of interest are subject to change.

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