The High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) formally commenced operations on the 13 June 2023 as a Corporate Commonwealth entity under the High Speed Rail Authority Act 2022.
The HSRA is tasked with advising on, planning, developing and overseeing the construction and operation of a transformational network along Australia’s eastern seaboard.
A high speed rail network will allow passengers to travel between major cities and regional cities at speeds exceeding 250 kilometres per hour.
The Authority will oversee the construction of the high speed rail network, and coordinate with state and territory governments, industry, business and communities to enhance Australia's long-term rail investment.
The first priority of the Authority will be planning and corridor works for the Sydney to Newcastle section of the high speed rail network, backed by a $500 million commitment from the Australian Government.