Tasmanian Transport Schemes
The links below provide information on the background, purpose and funding of programmes which are aimed at alleviating the cost disadvantage associated with transportation of freight and passenger vehicles to Tasmania by sea.
On 29 November 2013 the Australian Government released the Terms of Reference for a Productivity Commission inquiry into Tasmania's shipping costs and competitiveness of Tasmania's freight industry.
This scheme assists in alleviating the sea freight cost disadvantage incurred by shippers of eligible non-bulk goods moved by sea between Tasmania and mainland Australia, and between King Island and the main island of Tasmania, and between the Furneaux Group and the main island of Tasmania.
This scheme assists in alleviating the cost of sea travel across Bass Strait for passengers accompanying an eligible vehicle.
From 1 July 2014, assistance will no longer be offered through the Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme (TWFS). No claims have been received through the TWFS since August 2009. The TWFS offered support to shippers of bulk wheat. Wheat is now being shipped to Tasmania in containers and receives support through the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme.