Freight Task Force
New Zealand and Australia face significant growth in the freight task in coming years. This growth will require better management of freight and more optimal use of all transport modes.
Freight efficiency has real impacts on households. The harder it is to move freight around the higher the costs we pay for goods and services, and the more expensive and less competitive our products are on global markets.
The freight task in Australia quadrupled over the past 40 years, and will almost double again in the next 20 years. Freight accounts for an estimated 9 per cent of GDP and supports employment in around a quarter of a million Australian businesses.
The significance of freight to Australia’s national economy was recognised in Australia’s first National Land Freight Strategy released in 2013. The Freight Program will provide research and advice that will be critical to delivering on the objectives of the Strategy. One of the Programs’ current initiatives – relating to a Route Assessment Tool to assist access decisions for heavy vehicles – is specifically mentioned in the Strategy.
The Freight Task Force has representatives from state and territory road agencies, the National Transport Commission, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, and the Australian Local Government Association.
In developing projects and research, the Freight Task Force focuses on key areas such as:
- Community attitudes
- Network utilisation
- Infrastructure investment
- Data and forecasting
- Contributing to a national approach to regulation and compliance.
The Task Force coordinates research that is working towards delivering:
- improved freight access, including through safe and effective utilisation of road, bridge and intermodal facilities for freight purposes
- technical input and analysis to support the heavy vehicle charging and investment reform
- innovative means of enabling road transport networks to contribute to meeting the expected growth in the national freight task
- solutions to heavy vehicle access and local government issues.
The Austroads research program runs from 2016-20, in line with the Strategic Plan and Operational Plan. The current freight projects are:
|NEF1893||Development of National Mass Assessment Procedures for Over Size and Over Mass (OSOM) Vehicles|
|NEF2094||Key Freight Routes – Heavy Vehicle Usage Data|
|NEF2095||Establishing Extended Hours Delivery Trials|
|NEF2096||Local Roads and High Productivity Freight Vehicles Access|
|NEF2097||>Modelling for High Productivity Vehicles in Metropolitan Areas|
|NEF6023||Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems and Freight Productivity|
|NEF6027||Update the National Guidelines on Rest Areas for Heavy Vehicles|
|NEF6029||Operations of Automated Heavy Vehicles in Remote and Regional Areas|
The Freight Task Force is part of the Austroads Network Program.
Program Manager: Natalie Lockwood
Program Coordinator: Judi Sorbie
Austroads | Level 9, 287 Elizabeth Street | Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 8265 3334