Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Project

Project Overview

Ship with containers

Moorebank, in south western Sydney, is the site selected for an Intermodal Terminal (IMT) facility planned to handle container traffic from interstate rail freight and Port Botany.

The Moorebank site is Commonwealth-owned land currently occupied by the School of Military Engineering (SME) and a number of other Australian Defence Force (ADF) units.
The SME site was identified for the following reasons: 

  • Its size (approximately 220 hectares), topography and length (over 2 kilometres);
  • Its proximity to key transport corridors including the Southern Sydney Freight Line, main interstate rail line, and the M5 and M7 motorways; and
  • Its proximity to the industrial centres in Sydney’s west and south west including Moorebank, Bankstown, Prestons and Ingleburn. 


Shipping container being loaded

It is forecast that Australia’s freight requirements in 2020 will double to what they were in 2006.  Some 90 per cent of containers to and from Port Botany have their origin and destination within Greater Sydney. Without new rail freight handling capacity, more pressure will be put on Sydney’s road network increasing urban congestion. 

In April 2012, the Australian Government committed to the construction of an Intermodal Terminal (IMT) at Moorebank. The IMT is a first step to providing an integrated transport solution to meet the significant growth in the movement of freight to, from and within the Sydney basin, and will provide significant congestion relief, freight capacity and environmental benefits to the urban community, region and its surroundings.  On 13 December 2012 the previous Government announced the establishment of the Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited (MIC) and the appointment of the Chair and Directors to the MIC Board to facilitate the development of an IMT.  As MIC has now been established, it is handling the delivery of the project going forward.  MIC is now in charge of the procurement process (including EOI and RFT), the EIS and any other work required for the delivery of the project.


Procurement of the Moorebank IMT has now commenced, with a request for Expressions of Interest issued.  MIC is looking for a private sector operator to lead development of a terminal that achieves important Government objectives. These objectives aim to maximise the terminal’s productivity benefits and include that the terminal must satisfy interstate, regional and import-export freight needs, and be an open access facility that fosters competition among users of the terminal.  MIC will oversee development of the terminal to ensure it meets these objectives. 

Proposed Key Dates:

  • Registration of interest – May 2013
  • Expressions of interest – December 2013
  • Request for Tender Process – First Quarter of 2014
  • Public Exhibition of EIS – Mid - Late 2014 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact MIC through its website or on MIC’s information line on 1300 382 239. More information, including the request for Expressions of Interest, can be found at [External link]. You can subscribe for updates from MIC by adding yourself to the MIC subscription list at [External link]. Please note that the Department of Finance will no longer be operating its subscription service.

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Last updated: 03 January 2018