Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme

Up to $200,000 is available to improve the amenity of passenger transport infrastructure in rural, regional and remote communities of NSW.


The Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme (CPTIGS) provides support funding to improve the amenity of passenger transport infrastructure in rural, regional and remote communities of NSW i.e. outside the specified boundary of greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong metropolitan regions Transport for NSW administers the Scheme.

 Benefits sought from the Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants program include:

i)               local collaboration to improve passenger transport in rural areas;

ii)              leverage to extend local passenger transport infrastructure funding;

iii)            infrastructure to complement passenger service development;

iv)            public transport options for some country private vehicle journeys;

v)              making country passenger transport more attractive for all potential users;

vi)            improved information for country passengers; and

vii)           a more comfortable, secure and amenable environment for passengers.


What the grants cover

The Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grant cover capital costs of infrastructure projects, including GST (if recipient is registered for GST). While all projects are considered, the program usually provides basic infrastructure for public transport passengers such as:

1)    improved security and lighting;

2)    seating and shelters for bus, taxi or train passengers;

3)    passenger transport interchanges;

4)    passenger transport information boards, signs, etc;

5)    other passenger transport infrastructure or associated facilities to improve access to public transport; and

6)    minor works directly related to passenger transport infrastructure.

The Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grant does not provide funds for:

a)    research or studies;

b)    services;

c)    management;

d)    conveyances or enhancement to conveyances for use by transport providers;

e)    projects that benefit conveyances or drivers only, not passengers;

f)     lifecycle maintenance or recurrent costs;

g)    sealing or delineation of roads or airstrips;

h)   roadworks unrelated to a passenger transport infrastructure project;

i)     earthworks, drainage and pavement construction unless it is essential and directly associated with facilities and requires only a small proportion of the total funding sought;

j)      projects staged over more than two fiscal years;

k)    projects that are exclusively or predominantly for the use of school students;

l)     airports.


Who can apply?

Local government, incorporated community organisations, transport operators, and other interested organisations that have a current Australian Business Number are eligible.



There is no guarantee as to the amount of the funding in any particular year and proponents should not expect that funds will be available for a project in the future. Transport for NSW does not represent that projects approved for funding will receive all of the funds applied for.

Contributions from other sources will significantly enhance the approval prospects of a proposal. Proponents are encouraged to augment grants with cash or in kind contributions from their own or other organisations. For example, support may be available from local government, s94 levies, RTA Bus Priority Funding, local transport operators, work or goods in kind or other sources such as parking revenue. Passenger transport projects that incorporate infrastructure funded by the private sector are welcome.

Project definition should be succinctly and clearly articulated in the application. The application should be sufficiently well developed, through feasibility, design and site investigation, that it can provide a detailed and accurate project costing.  Copies of quotes for supplies should be included where possible.

Conditions that apply to grants are set out at Appendix C.  Each proponent (and grant recipient, if a different entity) acknowledges and agrees to these Conditions as a requirement of making the application.

GST will be provided for in the grant.  The amount applied for should be exclusive of GST (if the recipient is registered for GST).


Expert Assistance

The Assessment Panel will rank CPTIGS proposals relative to each other according to relevant items from the checklist below. We can assist with making your application stand out from the rest. Call us on (03) 9005 6789 to discuss how we assist clients win grants

There areas that we assist with demonstrating include:

How does the proposal benefit public transport passengers?

1)        the project aligns with published Transport for NSW policies and priorities;

2)        there is a demonstrated and achievable need for the facility;

3)        the proposed facility enhances viability of local or regional passenger transport operations;

4)        the project improves integration of modes and services;

5)        the project has a positive impact on existing infrastructure;

6)        there are local, social or community benefits;

7)        the project encourages greater patronage of public transport;

8)        the project innovates to the benefit of passengers or operators;

9)        the safety and security of passengers is enhanced;

10)      the project supports the use of passenger transport, walking and cycling;

11)      the project is included in a recognised State or Local Government Plan;

12)      the project supports access for all members of the community including aged, frail, people with disabilities, youth and families.


Is the proposal financially and economically sound and are other parties providing funding?

13)      there is a net economic benefit to the community;

14)      comparison has been made with any alternative solutions;

15)      the costing is detailed and reliable, with minimal contingency figures (detailed cost breakdown provided?);

16)      suitable provision for lifecycle maintenance, management and operational costs (these costs are not included in the grant and are to be covered by applicant or other funding source);

17)      is the project eligible for funding under any other program, and is such funding committed?

18)      there are copies of statements of support, and/or funding augmentation, provided;

19)      is there exposure to any on-going liabilities?

20)      the value for money of the total project (not just the requested grant);

21)      what is the credibility of any assumptions, modelling and patronage forecasts?

22)      what is the level and nature of any risk and how is it addressed?


What community support is there for the proposal?

23)      has the application been coordinated as a local or regional priority?

24)      the community supports the proposal and has contributed to project design;

25)      what is the adequacy of consultation with community, transport providers, Local Government and other relevant stakeholders?

26)      does the local Regional Transport Coordinator and any Transport Working Group support the proposal?

27)      adequate coordination with other stakeholders such as Government departments, RailCorp and relevant Authorities?

28)      relevant passenger transport operators support the proposal (evidence of support attached?).


Are necessary approvals likely to be obtained, especially from Local Government, and is there adequate capacity to design, deliver and maintain the project?

29)      Local Government has approved the construction plans or given DA approval;

30)      the design meets the desirable passenger outcome objectives;

31)      the proponent’s experience and capacity to design and deliver the proposal;

32)      there is compliance with relevant standards, codes and guidelines;

33)      what is the degree of project readiness?

34)      what is the appropriateness and efficiency of the design for its intended use?

35)      what is the proponent’s ability to meet the proposed timetable?

36)      what is the level of quality assurance and quality control?

37)      what is the adequacy of the proposed operation and maintenance arrangements?

38)      there is an adequate environmental management system.

39)      Has the applicant demonstrated successful completion of past CPTIGS projects within the stated scope and time constraints (evidenced by completion reports)?


Is the overall proposal credible and comprehensive?

40)      can the Assessment Panel make a decision based only on the application?

41)      such other factors as Transport for NSW may consider relevant.

 Previous Recipients

LGA State electorate Proponent Project description Towns Grant approved
Upper Hunter Upper Hunter Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre Solar Transport lighting at bus interchange and signage Scone Railway Station Susan St Scone Scone $17,708
Murrumbidgee Murrumbidgee Murumbidgee Shire Council 2 Bus Stop Shelters Darlington Point, Waddi; Coleambally $125,000
Narrandera Murrumbidgee Narrandera ShireCouncil Construction of Amenities – Yapunyah Street Barellan Barellan $50,000
Cabonne Dubbo Cabonne Council Memorial Park Canowindra Country Link Bus Stop Canowindra $23,200
Northern Rivers Tweed Transit Australia Group (Surfside Buslines) Tweed Shire Best Practice Passenger Timetable and Bus Stop Network map Initiative Tweed Heads; Pottsville; Murwillumbah $9,720
Cowra Burrinjuck Cowra Shire Council CHART Cowra Hail and Ride Terminals Cowra $34,000
Uralla Northern Tablelands Uralla Shire Council 19 J Poles and 9 Seats Project Uralla $31,330
Gwydir Northern Tablelands Gwydir State Council Warialda Rail Countrylink Bus Stop Lighting Improvement Warialda $6,000
Young Burrinjuck Young Shire Council Lynch St Passenger Shelter & Improvements Young $48,200
Walgett Barwon Walgett Shire Council Taxi Shelter at Walgett CBD Walgett $14,409
Berrigan Murray Darling Berrigan Shire Council Finley Bus Stop Relocation and Upgrade Finley $12,400
Port Stephens Port Stephens Lions Club of Soldiers Point Bus Shelter Modification – Disabled Salamander Bay; Anna Bay; One Mile; Salt Ash; Soldiers Pt; Corlette; Shoal Bay; Bobs Farm $7,500
Mid Western Bathurst Mid Western Regional Council Ilford Rest Stop Amenities Ilford $35,000
Narrabri Barwon Narrabri Shire Council Pilliga Bus Shelter Pilliga $43,000
Warren Barwon Warren Shire Council Warren Shire Bus Shelter Enhancements Warren Nevertire $8,600
Lismore Lismore Lismore City Council Installation of new community shelter complying with disability standards for accessible public transport Lismore $28,975
Liverpool Plains Upper Hunter Liverpool Plains Shire Council Quirindi Community Public Transport Infrastructure Willow Tree Quirindi $14,040
Port Stephens Port Stephens Port Stephens Council DDA Compliant Public Transport Infrastructure Port Stephens LGA Raymond Terrace; Medowie; Corlette; Nelson Bay $160,000
Wingecarribee Goulburn; Kiama Wingecarribee Shire Council Wingecarribee Public Transport Access Improvement Program Robertson; New Berrima; Exeter; Colo Vale; Hill Top; Berrima Village; Mittagong $196,000
Yass Valley Burrinjuck Yass Valley Council Country Passenger Bus Stop Yass $ 20,686
Eurobadalla Bega Eurobadalla Shire Councill Bus Shelter, The Manor Catalina $ 15,000
Bus Shelter, Southbound, Denhams Beach Denhams Beach $ 20,000
Bus Shelter, Southbound, Bodalla Bodalla $ 20,000
Bus Shelter, Northbound, Bodalla Bodalla $ 20,000
Port Macquarie Port Macquarie Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Accessible Bus Shelters Laurieton; Wauchope; Pt Macquarie; Lake Cathie; North Haven $ 120,000
Cessnock Cessnock Cessnock City Council Cessnock Public Transport Improvements Program North Rothbury; Heddon Greta; Kurri, Branxton; East Branxton; Abermain; Quorrobolong; Neath; Weston $ 109,632
Dubbo Dubbo Dubbo City Council Installation of a Bus Stop Facility in Darling St near intersection of Talbragar St Dubbo $ 33,250
Installation of a Bus Stop Facility in Jack William Dr Dubbo $ 29,000
Installation of a Bus Stop Facility in Myall St near intersection of Websdale Dr Dubbo $ 29,000
Upgrade 3 existing bus shelter facilities in accordance with Disability Standards Dubbo $ 32,000
Greater Taree Myall Lakes Greater Taree City Council Krambach Bus Shelter Krambach $ 17,600
Greater Taree Myall Lakes Greater Taree City Council J Poles etc Tinonee; Burrell Creek $ 2,850
Kiama Kiama Kiama Municipal Council Passenger Amenity Upgrades, Kiama Kiama Gerringong $ 63,000
Bogan Barwon Bogan Shire Council Vanges Park Bus Shelter Nyngan $ 18,500
Kempsey Oxley Kempsey Shire Council York St, CBD Taxi Rank Kempsey $ 40,000
Bus Shelter, Gordon Young Dr, South West Rocks South West Rocks $ 10,200
Bus Shelter, Crescent Head CBD Crescent Head $ 10,200
$ 1,476,000


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