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|
|Australian Border Force||PDF: 546 KB|
|Australian Bureau of Statistics||PDF: 623 KB|
|Australian Local Government Association||PDF: 643 KB|
|Australian Logistics Council||PDF: 588 KB|
|Austroads||PDF: 827 KB|
|City of Canning||PDF: 617 KB|
|CQ Inland Port||PDF: 525 KB|
|Deakin University||PDF: 1238 KB|
|Delta Pearl Partners||PDF: 226 KB|
|Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, South Australia||PDF: 645 KB|
|Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet||PDF: 142 KB|
|Department of Transport and Main Roads, Western Australia||PDF: 179 KB|
|GHD Advisory||PDF: 154 KB|
|Graincorp||PDF: 729 KB|
|GS1||PDF: 868 KB|
|INECO||PDF: 172 KB|
|Infrastructure Australia||PDF: 562 KB|
|Infrastructure Partnerships Australia||PDF: 292 KB|
|MisterMina Group||PDF: 233 KB|
|National Heavy Vehicle Regulator||PDF: 167 KB|
|Pedro Camargo||PDF: 138 KB|
|Planning Institute Australia||PDF: 547 KB|
|Port Authority of New South Wales||PDF: 482 KB|
|Prological Consulting||PDF: 159 KB|
|Roads Australia||PDF: 170 KB|
|SMEC Australia||PDF: 298 KB|
|Sydney Airports||PDF: 2669 KB|
|Tasmanian Logistics Committee||PDF: 667 KB|
|Telstra||PDF: 203 KB|
|Transport Certification Australia||PDF: 1344 KB|
|University of Melbourne||PDF: 1781 KB|
|University of New South Wales||PDF: 71 KB|
|York Street Digital||PDF: 100 KB|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in contributing your views or getting progress updates on the hub design project.