The size and scale of Inland Rail means we have an opportunity—and responsibility—to promote strong sustainability practices within industry.

We value long-term benefit creation for our asset and the communities in which we operate.

We value suppliers who align with our values; those that pride themselves on being good corporate citizens and seek to actively minimise the social and environmental impacts of their products and services.

Our Sustainable Procurement Policy sets out these values.

Read the Sustainable Procurement Policy

What does sustainable procurement mean?

Sustainable procurement focuses on the entire life cycle of the goods and services we use to develop Inland Rail, by considering environmental, social and economic impacts.

When working with suppliers, we consider how effectively they engage in sustainability activities.


We consider the supplier’s use of virgin or recycled materials; the energy and water used during manufacture or operations, the waste and emissions generated.


We consider the supplier’s commitment to their local communities; labour conditions for workers; and participation of local and Indigenous employees and businesses.

Economic impacts

We consider longevity and performance over time, including the cost to purchase, maintain and dispose/recycle products and materials.

Working with Inland Rail’s Sustainable Procurement Policy

In delivering Inland Rail, a significant part of our budget is dedicated to procuring goods and services by engaging hundreds of suppliers, large and small. Major tenders are evaluated against a full set of sustainability criteria. For smaller tenders, we seek to identify and promote any value-adding sustainability benefits to the Inland Rail Program.

To achieve the objectives of our Sustainable Procurement Policy, we:

  • provide individual feedback on sustainability performance for major tenders
  • provide sustainability capability building resources for small-medium enterprises
  • require our principal contractors to apply our policy when procuring sub-contractors
  • require our principal contractors to procure a percentage of local and Indigenous businesses
  • promote supplier sustainability achievements.
Workers are seen at the construction site of the Inland Rail between Parkes and Narromine, New South Wales.

How sustainable procurement benefits suppliers

  • Reducing energy, water, materials and waste to lower operational costs and increase competitiveness
  • Building environmental and sustainability credentials and reputation
  • Helping clients deliver on their sustainability priorities, such as contributing credits towards project Infrastructure Sustainability ratings
  • Increasing asset design life and performance through innovation
  • Providing opportunities for trial and commercial demonstration of new or alternative materials.
Sleepers laying on a site of the Inland Rail track in Whitton Park, New South Wales.

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Building in regional communities means supporting regional economies.

Our contractors work with smaller contractors to deliver a variety of goods, works and services. Find out how your business can join the Inland Rail supply chain.

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Compliance Rail Operations Manager Luke Dickerson.

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