The National Freight Data Hub

The Australian Government has committed $8.5 million to improve national freight data, which will help business and governments plan and make better operational and investment decisions. This commitment includes:

  • $5.2 million to settle the design of a national freight data hub (the Hub), including arrangements for data collection, protection, dissemination and hosting
  • $3.3 million for the establishment of a freight data exchange pilot to allow industry to access freight data in real time; and the National Survey of Motor Vehicle Use

Designing the Hub

Over the next two years, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications will be working closely with industry, governments and other stakeholders on the Hub design. The project will deliver:

  • An agreed approach on critical design elements
  • A business case including refined options for Government consideration
  • A roadmap for implementation
  • System specifications, including hosting and interface considerations

As part of the design process, the Department will also be working closely with stakeholders to develop and test use cases for the Hub to inform the business case.

2019 Discussion Paper

In late 2019, the Department released an initial discussion paper seeking input to help settle the design of the Hub.

The discussion paper asked a series of questions focused on the purposes of the Hub, priority datasets for inclusion, sharing principles and priority outputs.

Workshops were held in Melbourne and Brisbane in early December prior to the end of the consultation period.


Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to the paper and participate in the workshops. This in depth information is being carefully reviewed to inform the next steps in the design of the Hub.

A total of 40 submissions were received from a wide range of groups including the freight and logistics industries, governments, researchers, consultants and data specialists. Around 50 people attended the two workshops.

Below is a list of non-confidential submissions received, in alphabetical order.

The Department is not responsible for the content of these submissions, which remains the responsibility of the original authors, and submissions do not represent the views of the Department.

To the extent permitted by law, the Commonwealth disclaims liability to any person or organisation in respect of anything done, or omitted to be done, in reliance upon information contained in any of the submissions.

1-Stop Connections PDF: 574 KB ReadSpeaker
Australian Border Force PDF: 546 KB ReadSpeaker
Australian Bureau of Statistics PDF: 623 KB ReadSpeaker
Australian Local Government Association PDF: 643 KB ReadSpeaker
Australian Logistics Council PDF: 588 KB ReadSpeaker
Austroads PDF: 827 KB ReadSpeaker
City of Canning PDF: 617 KB ReadSpeaker
CQ Inland Port PDF: 525 KB ReadSpeaker
Deakin University PDF: 1238 KB ReadSpeaker
Delta Pearl Partners PDF: 226 KB ReadSpeaker
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, South Australia PDF: 645 KB ReadSpeaker
Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet PDF: 142 KB ReadSpeaker
Department of Transport and Main Roads, Western Australia PDF: 179 KB ReadSpeaker
GHD Advisory PDF: 154 KB ReadSpeaker
Graincorp PDF: 729 KB ReadSpeaker
GS1 PDF: 868 KB ReadSpeaker
INECO PDF: 172 KB ReadSpeaker
Infrastructure Australia PDF: 562 KB ReadSpeaker
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia PDF: 292 KB ReadSpeaker
MisterMina Group PDF: 233 KB ReadSpeaker
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator PDF: 167 KB ReadSpeaker
Pedro Camargo PDF: 138 KB ReadSpeaker
Planning Institute Australia PDF: 547 KB ReadSpeaker
Port Authority of New South Wales PDF: 482 KB ReadSpeaker
Prological Consulting PDF: 159 KB ReadSpeaker
Roads Australia PDF: 170 KB ReadSpeaker
SMEC Australia PDF: 298 KB ReadSpeaker
Sydney Airports PDF: 2669 KB ReadSpeaker
Tasmanian Logistics Committee PDF: 667 KB ReadSpeaker
Telstra PDF: 203 KB ReadSpeaker
Transport Certification Australia PDF: 1344 KB ReadSpeaker
University of Melbourne PDF: 1781 KB ReadSpeaker
University of New South Wales PDF: 71 KB ReadSpeaker
York Street Digital PDF: 100 KB ReadSpeaker

Why design a freight data hub?

Better freight data could enhance the efficiency of Australia’s freight supply chain, and benefit our community and economy through higher productivity. The need for improved freight data was a key focus of the industry led Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities, and is an important part of delivering the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

This project is informed by the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre’s review of Australia’s freight data needs. The purpose is to enhance collection of and access to freight data, across all modes, to:

  • Support day to day operations
  • Improve infrastructure and transport network investment decisions
  • Enable end-to-end performance evaluation for Australia’s freight system

What are the critical areas for design?

Four critical areas for design are:

  • Data collection: working toward agreed principles for data collection, including standards and priority gaps
  • Protection and confidentiality: developing agreed needs for cyber security, data protection, and future proofing
  • Dissemination: designing modes of aggregation, access needs, supporting sharing protocols and agreements
  • Hosting: spanning development of a business model, structure and technical specifications, and a roadmap for iterative implementation

The project team will be engaging further on these issues and providing more information as the design project progresses through workshops and refinement of concepts.

How we will approach the design

To best address these areas in design, the department will:

  • Collaborate and consult, seeking guidance from industry and jurisdictions
  • Look to learn from international best practice
  • Take an iterative approach, workshopping and refining concepts throughout the project
  • Developing and testing use cases and pilots to test user desirability, system feasibility and business viability to inform the business case

How to contribute or get more information

Email to express your interest in contributing your views or getting progress updates on the hub design project.