The NFRA was established on 1 July 2019 as an executive agency under the Public Service Act 1999 within the former Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development portfolio, to identify and support the development of fast rail connections between capital cities and key regional centres, as part of the government’s 20-Year Faster Rail Plan.
For the purposes of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act), the NFRA is a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.
Our purpose is:
To enable more people to access employment, housing and social opportunities by advising the Australian Government on faster rail opportunities between our capital cities and regional centres, and managing funding to support the delivery of agreed projects
Long term population growth has been a major driver of Australia’s economic success which has in turn driven our high living standards relative to other countries. This economic prosperity goes hand in hand with Australians’ aspirations for a vibrant, educated, healthy and multicultural society.
Faster rail connecting to regional areas has the potential to allow people to connect with a range of social and economic opportunities while minimising travel time, which is time away from family, friends and communities. While population growth has been vital to our social and economic development, it has also fed the growing pains faced by people living in our major capital cities. This pain manifests through things like more congestion, higher density living and less access to green space.
Faster rail connections to key regional centres provide a key enabling mechanism to address the increasing pressures in our capital cities resulting from long term sustained population growth.
As outlined in the Australian Government’s 20-Year Faster Rail Plan, faster rail on strategic corridors between our capital cities and key regional centres has the potential to improve the lives of many Australians.
We achieve our purpose through:
The NFRA’s Executive Leadership team comprises the CEO, General Manager and three Directors. The Executive Leadership is focused on delivering the Agency’s core activities as outlined in the Corporate Plan, through three key business units:
Policy and Planning – developing and maintaining the Faster Rail Plan, undertaking research and analysis to support expert advice to the Australian Government, driving key policy reform and facilitating and leading engagement with stakeholders.
Business Case and Projects – overseeing the development, delivery and review of faster rail business cases and providing advice to government on the merits of projects and investment decisions. This section also manages the Australian Government’s delivery of faster rail infrastructure projects.
Corporate, Finance and People – supporting the operation of the NFRA including developing and managing high quality financial and governance outcomes, business services, systems and advice to the NFRA to enable it to deliver its respective responsibilities and activities.
The Executive Leadership team holds fortnightly governance forums to discuss operational matters including priority setting and strategic direction, oversight and monitoring of strategic risks, budget and workforce planning and management.