NTC proposes regular freight movement trend report

Periodic analysis of transport task and operator network also suggested

NTC proposes regular freight movement trend report
Paul Retter says the proposed report will help industry, governments and communities plan for the future.


The National Transport Commission (NTC) has proposed a five-yearly transport investment and planning report with the release of its Who moves what where: Better informing transport planning for Australians discussion paper.

To this end, the transport body is encouraging transport operators, consumers and governments to make submissions that will help shape its final recommendations list.

Part of NTC’s ‘Who Moves What Where’ project, the proposed report will provide quantitative data that will help inform future planning and policy development for the transport sector, including including information about port movements.

NTC chief executive Paul Retter says the report will ensure timely and regular identification of transport trends as highlighted in last year’s Who moves what where information paper.

"Publishing a regular report on passenger and freight movement trends would help industry, governments and local communities plan for the future," Retter says.

"If we are able to use the knowledge and power of even more big data sets and better analytics, we can produce detailed reports that identify national trends and the likely impact those trends will have on the transport systems and associated infrastructure routes we use every day.

"Australia needs to have the best information to make the best investments in transport infrastructure, from large-scale projects to the location of bus stops."

The report also aims to identify long-term statistical and information priorities through data collections to help measure transport productivity.

NTC intends to work other government agencies to find "innovative ways to encourage the Australian community’s use of relevant open data sets in the future".

The final recommendations will be presented to the government in November.

Submissions can be made before 5pm on March 10 through the NTC website.

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