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The National Freight Data Hub

The Australian Government has committed $8.5 million to improve national freight data. Access to robust freight data will help industry and governments plan, make better operational and investment decisions and be more resilient and responsive. The commitment includes:

  • $5.2 million to settle the design of a National Freight Data Hub (the Hub). The Hub will identify freight data priorities and host or link to data. It will include arrangements for data collection, protection, dissemination and hosting
  • $3.3 million for the establishment of freight data exchange pilots to allow industry to access freight data in real time; and fund a National Survey of Motor Vehicle Use by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to provide national and state estimates of total and average vehicle travel, freight movements and fuel consumption

Designing the Hub

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is working closely with industry, governments and other stakeholders on the Hub design. The focus for 2020 is preparing a roadmap for implementation and business case for Government consideration, and a prototype Hub website.


  • iMOVE Freight Data Requirements Study
    Early 2019
  • 1st discussion paper: Data priorities

    Late 2019
  • Procurement design: Business case and data preparation
    Early 2020
  • 2nd discussion paper: Elements of the Hub
    Test prototype website

    Late 2020
  • Business case for Government
    End 2020
  • Launch prototype website
    Early 2021
  • Government decision on Business Case
    Rolling work program*


*contingent on Government consideration


Three purposes of the Hub were agreed with stakeholders in 2019. They are to enhance collection of and access to freight data, across all modes, to:

  1. Enable end-to-end performance evaluation for Australia's freight system
  2. Improve planning for infrastructure and transport network investment decisions
  3. Support day to day operations by fostering data standards and exchange, and provide timely insights about the freight system performance and bottlenecks to industry


Stakeholders want the Hub to have three main functions:

  • Leadership and innovation
  • Open data
  • Data exchange

The business case will consider arrangements for data collection, protection, dissemination and hosting across these purposes and functions. The Hub will take a leadership position to facilitate agreed data standards which will enable the efficient sharing of data.

Prototype website

A prototype website is being developed to showcase existing freight data and projects. The prototype will demonstrate the value of better access to freight data.

The prototype will include:

  • Guidance on freight data standards to facilitate the creation, sharing and integration of datasets
  • Freight data projects providing original insights and visualisation tools to demonstrate the opportunities in freight data
  • Macro insights into the changing demand for freight as a result of COVID-19

The prototype website will provide a current view of the freight data landscape. It will not have the full functionality of the National Freight Data Hub. The full functionality and roll-out of the Hub is dependent on the options put forward in the business case and Government consideration.

Pilot projects

Pilot projects are being supported to enhance the collection of freight data and test methods and protocols for data exchange.

  • A series of Freight Data Exchange projects with industry will create the standards needed to track goods and demonstrate the use cases for sharing data in different supply chains. For a summary of the outcomes of the first round of pilot projects visit Freight Data Exchange pilot projects—Summary Report 2020
  • A National Location Register Pilot to enable industry to share specific locations, for example where a truck needs to stop at a construction site or a livestock station. This data will reduce delays. Open to any business to join, the register will also contain opening hours, height and weight restrictions and driver amenities of different sites
  • A Truck Telematics Pilot to showcase the opportunities of data for improving planning and policy decisions by road managers, as well as improving fleet optimisation

Discussion Papers

In 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.

  • National Freight Data Hub: Discussion Paper #1 PDF: 112 KB ReadSpeaker

Workshops were held in Melbourne and Brisbane in early December with around 50 people attending.

In 2020, the Department released a second discussion paper on elements of the Hub design across data, technology, governance, funding and regulation to inform the implementation roadmap, business case and prototype website.

Two webinars were held during the consultation period with around 80 people attending.


Submissions were received from a wide range of groups including the freight and logistics industries, governments, researchers, consultants and data specialists. Thank you to everyone who took the time to make a submission and to those who participated in the workshops and webinars. This rich feedback has helped greatly in shaping the design of the Hub.

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.

Responses to Discussion paper #1

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
Local Government New South Wales PDF: 165 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

Responses to Options Discussion Paper #2

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry PDF: 153 KB ReadSpeaker
Australian Logistics Council PDF: 347 KB ReadSpeaker
Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) PDF: 211 KB ReadSpeaker
Australian Trucking Association (ATA) & NatRoad PDF: 145 KB ReadSpeaker
Australasian Railway Association (ARA) PDF: 195 KB ReadSpeaker
Data Republic Pty Ltd PDF: 239 KB ReadSpeaker
Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) PDF: 402 KB ReadSpeaker
Freight Victoria PDF: 208 KB ReadSpeaker
GHD Advisory PDF: 553 KB ReadSpeaker
HARDT HYPERLOOP (Netherlands) PDF: 98 KB ReadSpeaker
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) PDF: 354 KB ReadSpeaker
iMove PDF: 238 KB ReadSpeaker
INECO PDF: 192 KB ReadSpeaker
International Forwarders & Customs Brokers Association of Australia Ltd PDF: 1008 KB ReadSpeaker
Mediterranean Shipping Company PDF: 195 KB ReadSpeaker
Ports Australia PDF: 245 KB ReadSpeaker
Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd PDF: 232 KB ReadSpeaker
Transport Certification Australia (TCA) PDF: 192 KB ReadSpeaker

How to contribute or get more information

Email freightdatahub@infrastructure.gov.au to express your interest in contributing your views or getting progress updates on the hub design project.