Every Australian, everywhere, every day relies on freight — so we need high quality, easily accessible data to make sure the freight sector is as efficient, safe, productive and resilient as possible.
In May 2021, the Australian Government committed $16.5 million over four years to establish the National Freight Data Hub (“the Hub”). This built on the $5.2 million provided in 2019-20 to settle the design of the Hub.
See our factsheet for an overview of the Hub PDF: 1081 KB.
What will the Hub do?
The Hub will be a federated data sharing network that has an initial focus on governments providing better access to their data; facilitates data exchange, including by establishing data standards; and promotes leadership and innovation.
By making high quality and timely freight data more widely available, the Hub will enhance the collection and access to freight data across all modes to:
- improve strategic planning for infrastructure and transport network investment and other decisions,
- improve the capture and sharing of freight data to support day to day operations, and
- evaluate how the freight system is performing and what actions we can take to improve it.
The Hub has three primary functions:
- Open data to provide better access to existing government data and build trust with industry by governments taking the first step,
- Data exchange through an efficient and safe data sharing system supported by data standards, to enable businesses to share data for mutual benefit, and
- Leadership and innovation to connect freight data users with each other and build skills, capability and connections.
Establishing a Hub as a trusted source of national freight data will provide a national picture of critical information to keep freight moving, such as where roadworks are occurring or the impact of congestion. It will also support container tracking to manage biosecurity and dangerous goods risks, forecast freight demand and provide insights into port performance.
National Freight Data Hub prototype website
The National Freight Data Hub prototype website showcases existing freight data provides an early demonstration of the value of improved freight data. The prototype website includes:
- Insights: Explore freight data through interactive maps and graphs to identify trends and patterns.
- Projects: Discover the work underway to improve freight data in Australia. Explore freight data projects being undertaken across governments and industry and learn more about the effort it takes to collect, curate and analyse the data we need, and the gaps and limitations of the data we have.
- A freight data catalogue: Find data using the first curated and searchable national freight data catalogue for Australia. Help us to improve the catalogue by nominating high-quality open datasets for inclusion.
The website will be built on over time.
Current and Future Data Projects
The Hub supports key projects to enhance the collection, harmonisation and publication of freight data and methods and protocols for data exchange. Projects already underway include:
- Freight Data Exchange projects with industry to create the standards needed to track goods and demonstrate the benefits of sharing data in different supply chains. For a summary of the outcomes of the first round of pilot projects visit Freight Data Exchange pilot projects—Summary Report 2020.
- A National Location Registry Pilot to enable industry to share details of delivery locations and improve efficiency. This data will reduce delays. Open to any business to join, the registry will also contain opening hours, height and weight restrictions and driver amenities of different sites.
- A Truck Telematics Pilot to showcase the opportunities of data for improving planning and policy decisions by road managers, as well as improving fleet optimisation.
Additional projects are being developed to:
- Promote freight data standards, making it easier to compare and exchange freight data.
- Show when and where roadworks are occurring on Australian roads.
- Visualise when and where congestion happens and how it affects freight traffic.
- Document what commodities are imported and exported and their origin and destination on land.
- Track road condition, road expenditure, and heavy vehicle use to show what road service drivers get for government spending.
- Track volume and value of rail freight to inform decision-making.
- Report progress for the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.
How to learn more and contribute
For more information on the Hub, please view our brochure PDF: 1074 KB
Industry and other stakeholder consultation has shaped the design of the Hub over a number of years, including workshops, webinars, discussions with the Hub’s Industry Advisory Panel, and submissions to two discussion papers in 2019 PDF: 112 KB and 2020 DOCX: 1871 KB PDF: 8115 KB.
Please contact us at FreightDataHub@infrastructure.gov.au if you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive updates on the prototype website or implementation of the Hub.
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