Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics


The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) provides economic analysis, research and statistics on infrastructure, transport and regional development issues to inform Australian Government policy development and wider community understanding.

BITRE is part of the Policy and Research Division of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

BITRE holds unique aviation, maritime, road and rail transport data collections which are made available in a number of publication series. BITRE also publishes the results of individual research projects. Most BITRE publications are made available on this website.

BITRE employs about 30 staff, comprising economists, statisticians, modellers, social researchers and policy analysts.

The Bureau of Transport Economics was established by Cabinet in 1970. Its role was to gather and analyse information about the transport industry and transport services. Today this role extends to analysis of trends and issues relating to infrastructure provision, cities and regional development.

  • These target high priority projects which will deliver national benefits.

  • The Australian Government's Infrastructure Investment also provides funds to State, Territory and local governments for road, rail and intermodal projects not situated on the National Network.

  • A programme to address the problem of local roads reaching the end of their economic life, and their replacement being beyond the capacity of local government.

  • A programme which aims to improve the physical condition or management of hazardous locations with a history of crashes involving death or serious injury.

  • Information on funding available for local roads under Infrastructure Investment and the Financial Assistance Grants.

  • A programme to deliver improved safety and productivity outcomes for the heavy vehicle industry.

  • Provides funding for land transport research, intelligent transport initiatives and corridor studies.

  • The Liveable Communities Programme has been established by the Australian Government to improve the quality of life in our cities.

  • The objective of the Programme is to deliver more efficient motorways through the application of smart infrastructure technologies to improve real-time management of major motorways.

  • A programme which aims to upgrade our nations deteriorating bridges to improve productivity, safety and community access.

  • Programmes and projects that were completed in the period 2008-09 to 2013-14.

Grants Programmes

  • The National Stronger Regions Fund will provide $1 billion in funding over five years for infrastructure projects in Australia’s regions.

  • The Australian Government has established the Community Development Grants Programme to support needed infrastructure that promotes stable, secure and viable local and regional economies.

  • The Programme is an initiative of the Australian Government that will provide grant funding for projects that support the community and economic and social projects which contribute to the development and community amenity of the Indian Ocean Territories of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

  • The Latrobe Valley Economic Diversification programme was announced in 2013 and will provide up to $10.85 million to two infrastructure projects to support economic diversification in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria.

  • The National Partnership Agreement on South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (the NPA) commits $265 million of Australian Government funding to the South Australian Government to support a healthy working Murray-Darling Basin.

  • The Australian Government has announced $106 million in funding for the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package, for projects which support the economic development of Tasmania.

  • The Australian Government's approach to regional development is to work in partnership with communities, government and the private sector to foster the development of self-reliant communities and regions.