Australian freight data has taken a leap forward with the launch of the National Freight Data Hub prototype website.
The Australian Government announced $16.5 million of funding in this year’s budget over four years to develop the Hub.
Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, says the site will improve industry efficiency, safety and resilience.
“The Hub will highlight important information about traffic volumes, congestion, road condition and rest area usage, to improve road safety for the nation’s freight operators,” he says.
The website is being developed in close consultation with industry, governments and other stakeholders.
“Every Australian, everywhere, every day relies on a truck driver, which is why we need high-quality, easily accessible data to make sure the movement of goods and services is as efficient as possible, especially as Australia’s freight task grows,” Michael says.
Scott Buchholz, Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, noted industry asked government for a congestion metric to assist with their businesses.
“In new world-leading visualisations, interactive truck telematics maps are publicly available at a national level with insights on congestion in our cities and a national map of truck rest stops,” Scott says.
Ben Newton, Head of Transport Development for Woolworths Group, says the challenges of the past year have put a spotlight on the need for industry and government to work closely together across supply chains.
“The Hub is a significant step forward in this collaboration, leveraging real-time data to achieve greater efficiency, safety and productivity outcomes across the transport network,” Ben says.
The National Freight Data Hub prototype website can be found at datahub.freightaustralia.gov.au.