In the 2019-20 Budget, the Australian Government committed to the establishment of a National Faster Rail Agency to deliver on the Government’s commitment of fast rail connections between major capital cities and their regional centres, including a $2 billion commitment to deliver faster rail between Melbourne and Geelong, and the development of business cases for identified faster rail corridors.
An Executive Order was made under the Public Service Act 1999 on 29 May 2019 to establish the National Faster Rail Agency as an Executive Agency from 1 July 2019.
NFRA reports to the Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, the Hon Alan Tudge MP.
20-year Faster Rail Plan
In supporting economic growth and social opportunity through faster rail connections between major capital cities and growing regional centres – we will:
- the development and implementation of the Australian Government’s 20-year plan for a Faster Rail Network
- the investment strategy - recommending faster rail project stages to link future expenditure to investment need, and increase community and industry confidence to reduce market pressures
- the development of business cases with state and territory governments, ensuring that population and transport policy objectives are met
- additional rail corridors that would benefit from faster rail services over the long term, in consultation with state and territory governments, industry and stakeholders
- with relevant state and territory governments in the delivery of faster rail construction projects
- alternative funding and financing options for faster rail, such as private sector contributions and value capture opportunities
- options to future-proof corridors for high-speed rail, including the need for technical guidelines, corridor planning and protection
The National Faster Rail Agency will be supported by an Expert Panel. The Panel will provide advice to the Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure and the National Faster Rail Agency on faster rail, transport demographics and economics to inform project identification and delivery, service requirements and operating standards.
Our team guides NFRA’s work by setting the organisation’s strategic direction to deliver the Government’s 20-Year Faster Rail Plan and fast rail connections between major capital cities and their regional centres.
We do this by providing expert advice and support to the Australian Government on fast rail. Collectively, the team has significant expertise and experience in urban and regional infrastructure, rail program and policy development, financial and governance oversight and transport planning.
Our leadership team:
- Chief Executive Officer – Barry Broe
- General Manager – Andrew Hyles
- Director – Policy and Planning – Fiona Carrick
- Director – Business Case and Projects – Matthew Ipkendanz
- Director – Corporate, Finance and People – Eleisha Hickey
Chief Executive Officer – Barry Broe
Mr Barry Broe was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of NFRA on 6 January 2020.
Mr Broe has spent over 40 years in major projects, transport and public sector infrastructure delivery including over 17 years at executive and CEO level. His career includes direct national and international experience in rail, public transport and planning.
Prior to NFRA, Mr Broe held senior executive roles in the Queensland State Government. In 2012, Mr Broe was appointed as Queensland Coordinator-General responsible for the development, assessment and approval of major infrastructure projects.
Mr Broe has held senior executive roles with Brisbane Infrastructure at Brisbane City Council, Queensland Transport and Transport for London including leading the development of the London transport plan that supported the UK capital's successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Mr Broe holds a B.E. Civil (First)(Hons) from University College Dublin, Ireland and a Master of Engineering and Technology Management from The University of Queensland.
General Manager - Andrew Hyles
Having overseen the development of the Australian Government’s 20-Year Faster Rail Plan and creation of the National Faster Rail Agency, Mr Andrew Hyles took up the position of General Manager Policy and Business Case Development with the Agency on 1 July 2019. Prior to this, Mr Hyles held senior roles in rail policy and planning, air cargo security and transport economic reform in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. Past roles have also encompassed transport policy, major projects and program management, regulatory reform and motoring group policy advocacy. Mr Hyles has a Bachelor of Applied Economics.