Better frieght location and performance data

Action area 4

Action Area 4

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
4.1 336 Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) Cth 2015 - 2021 TraNSIT has been built to map road and rail freight movements for 136 commodities, and uses this supply chain mapping to test the transport benefits of infrastructure investments and regulatory changes. A TraNSIT Web has been constructed. TraNSIT has been used to inform major Australian Government initiatives including Inland Rail, Roads of Strategic Importance and Beef Roads. Further work is planned between 2020 and 2022 to improve capability by:
  • extending mapping to other key commodities such as waste, quarry materials, and small scale freight including small and medium-sized enterprises;
  • extending to sea and air freight; and,
  • expanding the capability of TraNSIT Web to allow users to test infrastructure investment scenarios.

TraNSIT Supply Chain Mapping of the Inland Rail Parkes to Narromine pilot was completed in 2019 and announced by the Deputy Prime Minister at an event in Brisbane in March 2019.30 The work is continuing in 2020 and 2021 by extending from the pilot.

4.1 337 National Freight Data Hub - $5.2 million Cth 2019 - 2021 The Department has been collecting input from the wide range of potential users for the National Freight Data Hub, including through a public discussion paper (October 2019) and interviews, to settle the detailed design of the Hub. Consultation has informed the three high-level functions of the Hub:
  • leadership and innovation,
  • open data and
  • data exchange.

Outputs for the end of 2020 will be:

  • a detailed business case for Government consideration, and
  • a prototype Hub website that will showcase important and improved freight data, insights and projects.
4.1 338 Freight Data Exchange Pilot - $3.3 million Cth 2019 - 2023 The Freight Data Exchange Pilot initiative is investigating and developing methods and systems to enable freight consignment event/message information to be shared, in real-time, across supply chain parties, and also with government to better inform transport operations, infrastructure planning and freight policy. Three Freight Data Exchange Pilot Projects are being undertaken between October 2019 and June 2020:
  • Supply Chain Freight Data Trial
  • Multimodal Supply Chain Trial
  • Freight Consignment Data Aggregation Pilot Project

Outputs completed to June 2020 include a summary report of trial project outcomes and a technical report covering the Freight Consignment Data Aggregation Pilot Project. Further work is planned between July 2020 and June 2023, working with additional supply chain operators to share consignment data between supply chain partners.

4.1 339 International benchmarking of key import and export supply chains Cth TBC The pilot study report was published in November 2019.31 Further work is planned between July 2020 and June 2022 in order to:
  • establish freight performance benchmarks and indicators, enabling performance evaluation of Australia’s supply chains, and
  • benchmark key import and export supply chain performance to identify best practices and potential areas for reform.
4.1 340 Port of Brisbane Rail Access Corridor Preservation Cth; Qld 2018 - 2022 See initiative 240 under Action 3.1.
4.1 341 Port of Gladstone Prefeasibility Study Cth 2018 The Inland Rail Gladstone Link Prefeasibility Study has been publically released.
4.1 342 Inland Rail Supply Chain Mapping Study Cth 2018 - 2021 The Parkes to Narromine Pilot study, completed in March 2019, modelled potential transport cost savings for horticulture and post-processed food supply chains through the Parkes to Narromine corridor. CSIRO found that on average a $76 per tonne saving may be achieved by specific agriculture supply chains from using Inland Rail. CSIRO is continuing to validate these preliminary results by investigating the potential transport cost savings from Inland Rail for a broader range of supply chains along the corridor. By July 2021, combined analysis of results for a southern corridor between Narromine in New South Wales and Seymour in Victoria, and a northern corridor between Narromine and Toowoomba in Queensland, is expected to be completed. Once finalised and reported, this work will provide estimates of the potential transport savings for all supply chains that are likely to, or have the potential to, use Inland Rail.
4.1 343 Inland Rail Freight Corridor Survey Cth 2019 - 2021 Phase 1 of the Corridor Survey project was completed in 2019 for the Australian Government by BIS Oxford Economics and Sydney University’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, and consisted of a stocktake and review of available data, research activities and potential supply of new data. This work informed strategies for filling the identified data gaps. Work is underway by the Australian Government and its consultants on Phase 2 data collection and survey activities for major land transport corridors between Victoria and Queensland to inform an evidence-based view by the end of 2021 of key freight flows and supply chains and their comparative performance.
4.1 344 National Infrastructure Data Collection and Dissemination Plan Cth 2018 Complete.
4.1 345 Research on road operator data for use by connected and automated vehicles Cth TBD Austroads, a body that provides advice to transport agencies across all levels of government in Australia and New Zealand, undertakes a range of research in relation to connected and automated vehicles under its Future Vehicles and Technology research program (discussed in Action Area 2.3). This includes a project underway ‘Road authority data for connected and automated vehicles’, which is looking at the government-owned data road agencies may need to provide to map-makers, and to connected and automated vehicles and Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) providers. It also includes data sets like speed limits in particular parts of the road network, or temporary data like the existence, location and arrangement in relation to road works.

Future bodies of work will build on this project. This work is intended to position Australia so that data provided to emerging vehicle technologies is nationally consolidated and consistent with developing international standards. This is essential in preparing for emerging vehicle technologies (including heavy vehicle technologies), and reducing the barriers to manufacturers bringing these technologies into Australia.

4.1 346 Frameworks for collection and use of C-ITS and automated vehicle data Subject to decision by infrastructure and transport ministers Subject to decision by infrastructure and transport ministers Work is underway to ensure appropriate and fit-for-purpose approaches to data collection and use by emerging transport technologies, including connected and automated vehicles. Australian Infrastructure and Transport Ministers have directed the National Transport Commission to undertake a project exploring government access to vehicle-generated data. The Commission recently released a discussion paper for public consultation, following a series of workshops involving industry, governments and peak bodies in the transport and roads sector, aimed at identifying the priority use cases and possible frameworks for exchanging data. A further policy paper containing recommendations to Australian Infrastructure and Transport Ministers is expected to be published in late 2020.
4.1 347 Publish and update freight forecasts and performance measure data NSW Ongoing Completed – NSW has conducted significant work in publishing freight forecasts and models along with data sets and performance metrics, visualisations and reports.
4.1 348 Enhance freight data NSW 3 - 5 years Completed a “NSW Freight Data Hub” on the Transport for NSW website that links multiple sources of data to support evidence-driven decisions. Significant data sets have been made available at the NSW Open Data Hub along with freight metric visualisations.
4.1 349 Investigate productivity boosting technologies for Port Botany NSW 5 - 10 years In progress.
4.1 350 National ATAP Guidance - urban freight demand modelling All Short term See initiatives 257 and 267 under Action 3.2.
4.1 351 Queensland Freight Model Qld Ongoing - 2024 Queensland Freight Model is providing projects, investment prioritisation activities and planning studies with current and future freight demands. The model is continually being enhanced and the team is currently focused on development of a goods and services component with a preliminary state-wide model currently undergoing validation. The project is funded through the Transport System Planning Program and has a budget of approximately $500,000 per annum until 2024.
4.1 352 Transport Analytics Project utilising the Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) Qld; CSIRO Ongoing Eight collaborative organisations from Wide Bay Burnett and Central Queensland have partnered with CSIRO to assimilate freight data including filling commodity data gaps in the current TraNSIT data base. The project will progress to identify freight network pinch points and prioritise scenarios for future analysis utilising the TraNSIT model in the study area.
4.1 353 Development of an open data portal WA Short term The Open Data portal, Data WA, initiated in 2015 aims to make government data discoverable. This is an ongoing process with support and guidance provided through Landgate. In 2019-20, there was a net increase of 386 datasets discoverable via Data WA. Currently over 1900 datasets from 40 state and local organisations are discoverable via Data WA, with over 1,700 of these being openly accessible.
4.1 354 Compliance Automation Project WA Short term The WA Government continues to participate in national forums relating to the delivery of the Compliance Automation System. The expected delivery date for the system is March 2021.
4.1 355 Commercial Vehicle Survey WA Short term The consultant contract for the Commercial Vehicle Survey was awarded in September 2019. The methodology for the survey is well progressed. The pilot survey has been postponed to September 2020 due to disrupted freight demand patterns arising from COVID-19. The main survey is anticipated to commence in January 2021, subject to ongoing impact of COVID-19.
4.1 356 Tasmanian Freight Survey Tas Ongoing The Tasmanian Freight Survey is a regular survey of freight movements across Tasmania undertaken by the Tasmanian Government. The results of the survey are used to inform planning for Tasmania’s future freight transport system. The most recent survey, 2016-17, is the sixth survey conducted to date. While previous surveys have been held every three years, given the impacts of COVID-19 alternative approaches are being investigated to provide the required data.
4.1 357 Collection of video-based origin destination data, traffic count and classification data ACT Short - medium term The ACT undertakes regular traffic counts and classification data on main freight routes to support planning and operation of the road network. The ACT has implemented a heavy vehicle camera on the Federal Highway as part of the National Safety Camera Network and is currently seeking funding to install another camera on Barton Highway, through the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program, to improve heavy vehicle monitoring.
4.1 358 Understanding freight flows ACT   ABS Road Freight Movement Survey, Austroads’ Key Freight Routes Data Project and Cadence Economics Analysis of Air Freight Operations at Canberra Airport — The ACT utilises freight data to plan capital works across the network, identify infrastructure investment needs and inform funding applications for Australian Government match-funding programs under the National Partnership Agreement for Land Transport Infrastructure Projects.
4.1 359 Industry surveying to be factored in planning ACT; NatRoad Short term The outcome of an industry survey undertaken in 2019, in collaboration with NatRoad, was considered in the planning of major road infrastructure projects. The need for a significant layover and rest facility on Monaro Highway was identified by the freight industry in the ACT. A design for a heavy vehicle rest area is currently included in the Monaro Highway upgrade project scope.

Action 4.1

Develop an evidence-based view of key freight flows and supply chains and their comparative performance to drive improved government and industry decision-making, investment and operations

Where do we want to be by 2024?

  • Improved freight data collection, sharing and analysis practices to enable industry and government freight sector participants to make better informed operational, planning and investment decisions.
  • Consistent and regular data is made available to enable forecasting of freight movements and demand with high degrees of certainty.
  • Performance benchmarking of Australia’s key import and export supply chains against international competitors to identify best practices and areas requiring reform.
  • Appropriate and fit-for-purpose approaches to data collection and use by emerging transport technologies, including connected and automated vehicles.

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
4.1 336 Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) Cth 2015 - 2021 TraNSIT has been built to map road and rail freight movements for 136 commodities, and uses this supply chain mapping to test the transport benefits of infrastructure investments and regulatory changes. A TraNSIT Web has been constructed. TraNSIT has been used to inform major Australian Government initiatives including Inland Rail, Roads of Strategic Importance and Beef Roads. Further work is planned between 2020 and 2022 to improve capability by:
  • extending mapping to other key commodities such as waste, quarry materials, and small scale freight including small and medium-sized enterprises;
  • extending to sea and air freight; and,
  • expanding the capability of TraNSIT Web to allow users to test infrastructure investment scenarios.

TraNSIT Supply Chain Mapping of the Inland Rail Parkes to Narromine pilot was completed in 2019 and announced by the Deputy Prime Minister at an event in Brisbane in March 2019.30 The work is continuing in 2020 and 2021 by extending from the pilot.

4.1 337 National Freight Data Hub - $5.2 million Cth 2019 - 2021 The Department has been collecting input from the wide range of potential users for the National Freight Data Hub, including through a public discussion paper (October 2019) and interviews, to settle the detailed design of the Hub. Consultation has informed the three high-level functions of the Hub:
  • leadership and innovation,
  • open data and
  • data exchange.

Outputs for the end of 2020 will be:

  • a detailed business case for Government consideration, and
  • a prototype Hub website that will showcase important and improved freight data, insights and projects.
4.1 338 Freight Data Exchange Pilot - $3.3 million Cth 2019 - 2023 The Freight Data Exchange Pilot initiative is investigating and developing methods and systems to enable freight consignment event/message information to be shared, in real-time, across supply chain parties, and also with government to better inform transport operations, infrastructure planning and freight policy. Three Freight Data Exchange Pilot Projects are being undertaken between October 2019 and June 2020:
  • Supply Chain Freight Data Trial
  • Multimodal Supply Chain Trial
  • Freight Consignment Data Aggregation Pilot Project

Outputs completed to June 2020 include a summary report of trial project outcomes and a technical report covering the Freight Consignment Data Aggregation Pilot Project. Further work is planned between July 2020 and June 2023, working with additional supply chain operators to share consignment data between supply chain partners.

4.1 339 International benchmarking of key import and export supply chains Cth TBC The pilot study report was published in November 2019.31 Further work is planned between July 2020 and June 2022 in order to:
  • establish freight performance benchmarks and indicators, enabling performance evaluation of Australia’s supply chains, and
  • benchmark key import and export supply chain performance to identify best practices and potential areas for reform.
4.1 340 Port of Brisbane Rail Access Corridor Preservation Cth; Qld 2018 - 2022 See initiative 240 under Action 3.1.
4.1 341 Port of Gladstone Prefeasibility Study Cth 2018 The Inland Rail Gladstone Link Prefeasibility Study has been publically released.
4.1 342 Inland Rail Supply Chain Mapping Study Cth 2018 - 2021 The Parkes to Narromine Pilot study, completed in March 2019, modelled potential transport cost savings for horticulture and post-processed food supply chains through the Parkes to Narromine corridor. CSIRO found that on average a $76 per tonne saving may be achieved by specific agriculture supply chains from using Inland Rail. CSIRO is continuing to validate these preliminary results by investigating the potential transport cost savings from Inland Rail for a broader range of supply chains along the corridor. By July 2021, combined analysis of results for a southern corridor between Narromine in New South Wales and Seymour in Victoria, and a northern corridor between Narromine and Toowoomba in Queensland, is expected to be completed. Once finalised and reported, this work will provide estimates of the potential transport savings for all supply chains that are likely to, or have the potential to, use Inland Rail.
4.1 343 Inland Rail Freight Corridor Survey Cth 2019 - 2021 Phase 1 of the Corridor Survey project was completed in 2019 for the Australian Government by BIS Oxford Economics and Sydney University’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, and consisted of a stocktake and review of available data, research activities and potential supply of new data. This work informed strategies for filling the identified data gaps. Work is underway by the Australian Government and its consultants on Phase 2 data collection and survey activities for major land transport corridors between Victoria and Queensland to inform an evidence-based view by the end of 2021 of key freight flows and supply chains and their comparative performance.
4.1 344 National Infrastructure Data Collection and Dissemination Plan Cth 2018 Complete.
4.1 345 Research on road operator data for use by connected and automated vehicles Cth TBD Austroads, a body that provides advice to transport agencies across all levels of government in Australia and New Zealand, undertakes a range of research in relation to connected and automated vehicles under its Future Vehicles and Technology research program (discussed in Action Area 2.3). This includes a project underway ‘Road authority data for connected and automated vehicles’, which is looking at the government-owned data road agencies may need to provide to map-makers, and to connected and automated vehicles and Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) providers. It also includes data sets like speed limits in particular parts of the road network, or temporary data like the existence, location and arrangement in relation to road works.

Future bodies of work will build on this project. This work is intended to position Australia so that data provided to emerging vehicle technologies is nationally consolidated and consistent with developing international standards. This is essential in preparing for emerging vehicle technologies (including heavy vehicle technologies), and reducing the barriers to manufacturers bringing these technologies into Australia.

4.1 346 Frameworks for collection and use of C-ITS and automated vehicle data Subject to decision by infrastructure and transport ministers Subject to decision by infrastructure and transport ministers Work is underway to ensure appropriate and fit-for-purpose approaches to data collection and use by emerging transport technologies, including connected and automated vehicles. Australian Infrastructure and Transport Ministers have directed the National Transport Commission to undertake a project exploring government access to vehicle-generated data. The Commission recently released a discussion paper for public consultation, following a series of workshops involving industry, governments and peak bodies in the transport and roads sector, aimed at identifying the priority use cases and possible frameworks for exchanging data. A further policy paper containing recommendations to Australian Infrastructure and Transport Ministers is expected to be published in late 2020.
4.1 347 Publish and update freight forecasts and performance measure data NSW Ongoing Completed – NSW has conducted significant work in publishing freight forecasts and models along with data sets and performance metrics, visualisations and reports.
4.1 348 Enhance freight data NSW 3 - 5 years Completed a “NSW Freight Data Hub” on the Transport for NSW website that links multiple sources of data to support evidence-driven decisions. Significant data sets have been made available at the NSW Open Data Hub along with freight metric visualisations.
4.1 349 Investigate productivity boosting technologies for Port Botany NSW 5 - 10 years In progress.
4.1 350 National ATAP Guidance - urban freight demand modelling All Short term See initiatives 257 and 267 under Action 3.2.
4.1 351 Queensland Freight Model Qld Ongoing - 2024 Queensland Freight Model is providing projects, investment prioritisation activities and planning studies with current and future freight demands. The model is continually being enhanced and the team is currently focused on development of a goods and services component with a preliminary state-wide model currently undergoing validation. The project is funded through the Transport System Planning Program and has a budget of approximately $500,000 per annum until 2024.
4.1 352 Transport Analytics Project utilising the Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) Qld; CSIRO Ongoing Eight collaborative organisations from Wide Bay Burnett and Central Queensland have partnered with CSIRO to assimilate freight data including filling commodity data gaps in the current TraNSIT data base. The project will progress to identify freight network pinch points and prioritise scenarios for future analysis utilising the TraNSIT model in the study area.
4.1 353 Development of an open data portal WA Short term The Open Data portal, Data WA, initiated in 2015 aims to make government data discoverable. This is an ongoing process with support and guidance provided through Landgate. In 2019-20, there was a net increase of 386 datasets discoverable via Data WA. Currently over 1900 datasets from 40 state and local organisations are discoverable via Data WA, with over 1,700 of these being openly accessible.
4.1 354 Compliance Automation Project WA Short term The WA Government continues to participate in national forums relating to the delivery of the Compliance Automation System. The expected delivery date for the system is March 2021.
4.1 355 Commercial Vehicle Survey WA Short term The consultant contract for the Commercial Vehicle Survey was awarded in September 2019. The methodology for the survey is well progressed. The pilot survey has been postponed to September 2020 due to disrupted freight demand patterns arising from COVID-19. The main survey is anticipated to commence in January 2021, subject to ongoing impact of COVID-19.
4.1 356 Tasmanian Freight Survey Tas Ongoing The Tasmanian Freight Survey is a regular survey of freight movements across Tasmania undertaken by the Tasmanian Government. The results of the survey are used to inform planning for Tasmania’s future freight transport system. The most recent survey, 2016-17, is the sixth survey conducted to date. While previous surveys have been held every three years, given the impacts of COVID-19 alternative approaches are being investigated to provide the required data.
4.1 357 Collection of video-based origin destination data, traffic count and classification data ACT Short - medium term The ACT undertakes regular traffic counts and classification data on main freight routes to support planning and operation of the road network. The ACT has implemented a heavy vehicle camera on the Federal Highway as part of the National Safety Camera Network and is currently seeking funding to install another camera on Barton Highway, through the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program, to improve heavy vehicle monitoring.
4.1 358 Understanding freight flows ACT   ABS Road Freight Movement Survey, Austroads’ Key Freight Routes Data Project and Cadence Economics Analysis of Air Freight Operations at Canberra Airport — The ACT utilises freight data to plan capital works across the network, identify infrastructure investment needs and inform funding applications for Australian Government match-funding programs under the National Partnership Agreement for Land Transport Infrastructure Projects.
4.1 359 Industry surveying to be factored in planning ACT; NatRoad Short term The outcome of an industry survey undertaken in 2019, in collaboration with NatRoad, was considered in the planning of major road infrastructure projects. The need for a significant layover and rest facility on Monaro Highway was identified by the freight industry in the ACT. A design for a heavy vehicle rest area is currently included in the Monaro Highway upgrade project scope.