The release of the first discussion paper on the design of the National Freight Data Hub according to the Federal Government marks a major step towards a more competitive, efficient and productive freight future for Australia.
Over the next 18 months the Government will design a Hub, committing $5.2 million to it, in collaboration with industry, governments and other key stakeholders it announced.
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.
“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," he said.
“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,” he 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' from the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre released back in April.
Submissions to the National Freight Data Hub: Discussion Paper 1 close on Friday 6 December 2019.