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 benefits for our assets and the regional communities in which we operate.

By engaging in sustainable activities, our suppliers not only align with our values, they also demonstrate a commitment to be good corporate citizens by actively minimising the social and environmental impacts of their products and services.

What does sustainable procurement mean?

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

When working with suppliers, we consider how effectively they engage in sustainability activities, for example:


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 First Nations employees and businesses.

Economic impacts

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

How does sustainability benefit suppliers?

Benefits include:

  • reducing energy, water, materials and waste to lower operational costs and increase competitiveness
  • building reputation and profile through environmental and sustainability credentials and reputation
  • helping clients deliver on their sustainability priorities, such as contributing credits towards project Infrastructure Sustainability ratings
  • driving industry change through innovation and higher performing products and services.
Sleepers laying on a site of the Inland Rail track in Whitton Park, New South Wales.

Working with Inland Rail’s Sustainable Procurement Policy

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

  • evaluate tenders using sustainability criteria
  • provide resources to small-medium businesses so they can build sustainability capability
  • have principal contractors apply our Sustainable Procurement Policy when procuring sub-contractors and suppliers
  • require principal contractors to provide full, fair and reasonable opportunities to local First Nations businesses and social enterprises to supply
  • survey suppliers and promote supplier sustainability achievements.

Read the Sustainable Procurement Policy

Workers are seen at the construction site of the Inland Rail between Parkes and Narromine, New South Wales.

Helping suppliers build sustainability capacity

Sustainability is important to Inland Rail. However, we recognise it’s not always easy for businesses to know where to start when it comes to developing sustainable operations and services.

As an initiative of the Inland Rail Skills Academy, we have developed a three-part webinar series in partnership with sustainability specialists, The Ecoefficiency Group. Each webinar provides tips on how to improve and promote your business’s sustainability efforts to your staff and clients.

The webinars are approximately 12 minutes long and provide a step-by-step guide to optimising your sustainable business credentials. We’ve also included downloadable toolkits to help you get started.


Business sustainability webinar #1

Developing a sustainability policy

Webinar #1 resources

Sustainability policy template

Business sustainability webinar #2

Reducing costs in relation to energy, water and waste

Webinar #2 resources

Sustainability action plan template

Business efficiency checklist

Business sustainability webinar #3

Demonstrating sustainability credentials in tender submissions

Webinar #3 resources

Business sustainability checklist

Sustainability mentoring opportunities

The Inland Rail Skills Academy is offering a free one-on-one mentoring session on sustainability practices to eligible businesses that have completed the Business Sustainability webinars series.

Read the fact sheet

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Australian Industry Participation Plan Summary

Industry Participation Policy

Sustainable Procurement Policy

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