Freight train Australia

The Federal Government has released a preliminary discussion paper on the design of the National Freight Data Hub in an effort to improve productivity in the industry.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said access to better data means a more productive and resilient freight sector.

“This is why over the next 18 months the Liberal and Nationals Government will design a Hub in collaboration with industry, governments and other key stakeholders,” Mr McCormack said.

“Industry told us it wanted the Hub and the Liberals and Nationals have backed them with our $5.2 million commitment. I encourage all those with an interest to invest the effort to engage closely with my Department and participate in the submission process and follow up workshops, to ensure the design meets the needs of the freight industry.

“A well-designed Hub will improve access to and sharing of valuable freight location and performance data.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, said the Australian Government is committed to helping meet Australia’s growing freight challenges and improve international competitiveness.

“Enhanced access to freight data helps industry, governments and others streamline day-to-day freight operations, make better investment decisions and evaluate the performance of Australia’s freight system,” Mr Buchholz said.

“We are pleased to be delivering on a key Liberal and Nationals Government commitment under the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.”

The Hub commitment also builds on the comprehensive “Freight Data Requirements Study” (released in April 2019) from the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre.

Submissions to the National Freight Data Hub: Discussion Paper 1 close on Friday 6 December 2019.

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