Australia’s transport freight task is set to grow by as much as 26 per cent over the next decade, according to new research conducted by the National Transport Commission (NTC).
According to Chief Executive of the NTC, Paul Retter, the Who Moves What Where report will provide useful information to governments and industry about the nature of Australia’s freight and passenger movements, and will help those involved in infrastructure, planning and investment, operational improvements and regulatory changes.
“This data has been compiled from more than 150 different sources and for the first time provides an overview of what kinds of freight and passenger movements are likely to occur between now and 2026,” he said. “This is the most comprehensive analysis of Australia’s freight and passenger transport since the NTC’s Twice the Task report was released 10 years ago.
“The Global Financial Crisis slowed the growth of freight and passenger transport movements but now that our economy is growing faster, we are back on an upward trajectory.”
The report forecasts that over the next decade domestic freight will increase by 26 per cent (down from 50 per cent during the previous 10 years), and domestic passenger movements will increase by 19 per cent (up from eight per cent during the previous 10 years).
The report also includes localised data, providing useful state and territory transport forecasts and analysis of related challenges.
Retter said the project was a good example of the higher-level strategic work the NTC was encouraged to focus on as part of the 2015 review into the NTC. “The next decade will be a crucial time for Australia’s transport sector,” he described.
“Not only are we set to experience significant growth in transport movements, but we are likely to also see the biggest technological transformation of the way we move people and freight since the car replaced horses.”
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) said the report underscored why all levels of government needed to prioritise freight as part of its investments and policy decisions.
“The Who Moves What Where report is a timely reminder of the need for governments to prioritise supply chain planning and reforms to meet Australia’s rising freight task,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director.
“While this report reinforces what we already know – that Australia’s freight task is big and is growing – it also highlights the need for action."